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Memento (2000) - Review

Go out and rent this movie today. It's like nothing you've ever seen before, and its really, really good.

Memento follows Leonard, the main character, as he tries to find and punish the man who raped and murdered his wife. This is very difficult for Lenny to do, however, because he was also attacked during his wife's assault, and suffered permanent brain damage. Due to his injury, Leonard cannot form new memories; he can remember everything up to the incident, but nothing afterwards. If you tell him something, three minutes later he will have forgotten it.

To combat this problem, Leonard carries a camera and photographs important people and places in his life. He writes himself notes to remind himself to do things, while always being on the lookout for someone to write a false note to put him off the trail of the killer. Vital information he tatoos on his body.

The interesting feature of this movie, as well as the most entertaining part, is that the movie is shown in backwards chronological order to simulate Lenny's disorder. In other words, you see the end of the movie first. While one might think that this would ruin any suspense in the film, the complete opposite is true. The magic of memento is that you are sure you know what happens (after all you've already seen the ending), but as the movie goes on you realize that everything that you assume to be true is wrong.

The backwards order of the film is also good because it makes repeat viewings as entertaining as the first time. Every time you watch Memento you see something new; another piece falls into place. The events in Memento are also up to interpretation, which means that you can spend hours arguing with your friends over what really just happened. This movie is a new classic and everyone should see it.

Film Filter Rating: 9.5 / 10

Make sure to check out the official Memento Flash site. Word to the wise, though, it's better to see the movie and then go to the site. If you haven't seen the film, it will mostly be an assortment of pictures and sound clips that won't make any sense to you. If you've seen the film before, then there are some interesting bits that tie in with the movie.

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