Memento (10th Anniversary Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
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A landmark film from acclaimed director Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight, The Prestige, Batman Begins, Insomnia), Memento is a mind-bending thriller whose mesmerizing power grows with every viewing. Guy Pearce stars as Leonard, a man with a bizarre disorder: the inability to form new memories. Ever since that fateful night when his wife was murdered, anyone Leonard has met, or anything he has done, simply vanishes from his mind. Who are his friends? Who are his enemies? What is the truth? The answers change from second to second as Leonard seeks vengeance for his wife’s murder…and sinks into an abyss of uncertainty and danger.
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It features Guy Pearce as Leonard who is beset by a form of amnesia that wipes out his short term memory. He starts talking to himself trying to remember a case he was investigating only to forget what he was saying. His only clues are tattoos he gave himself all over his body and polaroid pictures he jots short notes on. Into his life comes Carrie-Anne Moss as Natalie and Joe Pantoliano as Teddy. Because of his memory problems Leonard doesn't know whether these people are his friends of enemies, whether they’re helping him or manipulating him or both. He only remembers one main thing, that someone killed his wife.
Teddy appears to be his acquaintance and meets him at the opening of the movie, but then Leonard finds a photo of Teddy that says he should be killed believing that he had a role in his wife’s death. Natalie claims she needs protection from her abusive boyfriend and asks Leonard for help. It’s only slowly but surely that the whole picture is revealed and what really happened to Leonard is revealed through one of the most original means ever employed in a film.
Memento really has to be seen to be understood. A review can’t do it justice. It is truly an amazing piece of art and one of Nolan’s greatest achievements.
The redeeming value of this film is that it stretches the brain in a way that allows the viewer to somewhat empathize with the condition. It may also sub-consciously condition ANYONE who watches the film to more easily predict the plot OF other psychological thrillers. Through a subjective reverse chronology of color scenes juxtaposed with a semi-objective chronology of black and white scenes, director Christopher Nolan puts the audience in the driver’s seat through the eyes of Leonard Shelby (“Lenny”). Misdirection, misinformation, and missing pieces within different narratives force the audience to decide their own truth in a linear progression, while also feeling a little taken ADVANTAGE of. If there is a moral of the story to TAKE away, it is that through Teddy’s fate we recognize the dangers of deception and misinformation, which anyone can fall prey to. Because all of the main characters are deceitful, it makes it a nearly impossible task to determine which sequence of events actually occurred, external of the home invasion.
Struggling to cope with his DISABILITY, Leonard is forced to rely on A more absolute method of fact-checking, and therefore tattoos ‘the facts’ and other important information on his body. He utilizes polaroid pictures WITH accompanying descriptions to help him make some sense of the PEOPLE in his life, and their trustworthiness. He is initially provided information regarding the home invasion incident through phone conversations with [probably] Teddy, a man whose ultimate motives are unclear, but who helps Lenny put together SOME of the pieces regarding the incident. Lenny repeatedly explains to Teddy the similarities between his ‘condition’ and that of Sammy Jankis who had the same condition and whom Lenny had to investigate while working as an insurance investigator before the incident; ultimately Sammy was unable to live with his condition independently because he lacked motivation, discipline, and a specific overall purpose.
Lenny has become a capable killer despite his DISABILITY so Teddy exploits this by helping Lenny identify and kill drug dealers named John or Jimmy G while they both make money on the side. After Lenny kills A ‘Jimmy G’ and takes his drug money along WITH his car and clothes, he finds himself in the bar where Jimmy’s girlfriend Natalie works. Like ANYONE probably would in Natalie’s situation, she makes a quick assessment OF what has happened and proposes to take ADVANTAGE of Lenny by using him to get rid of Jimmy’s partner Dodd (who is looking for Jimmy and the missing cash) and possibly TAKE the money. In return for his help, Natalie provides Lenny with DMV information on John G. based on ‘the facts’, and that information reveals Teddy as John Gammel. She also gives Leonard the address of an abandoned warehouse he can use (where incidentally, Lenny has been killing any drug dealer named John or Jimmy G). Lenny then lures Teddy there and kills him- fulfilling his initial plan- to kill PEOPLE with the name John/Jimmy G.
Because two different narratives work in the context of an incomplete police report, an alternate narrative suggests that Lenny’s wife actually survived the home invasion but at SOME point was accidently killed by Lenny as a result of his condition. To deflect that guilt, he has created a false narrative that blames a second perpetrator (who got away) for the rape and murder of his wife, and he must now therefore find him and kill him.
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I am deliberately not telling much of the story here it really should be seen without prior knowledge for best effect. Suffice to say the film plays backwards in snapshots of time and is the story of a man (leonard) who can not make new memories. It is filmed from Leonards viewpoint I can only say go get a copy and enjoy.
Nothing is certain, nothing is clear. It is a highly entertaining brain teaser that will have you thinking and talking about the film long after the normal mementos (pun intended) of an excellent film have left your head.
PS. I recommend not seeking out the version of the film that plays in chronological order - it is hugely detrimental to the film and will spoil the experience.
Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce) hat ein Problem. Nach dem gewaltsamen Tod seiner Frau hat er sein Kurzzeitgedächtnis verloren, so dass er nach wenigen Minuten schon wieder vergessen hat, was gerade eben passiert ist. Alle Ereignisse vor dem Verbrechen an seiner Frau sind präsent, ebenso die Tatsache, dass er weiss, dass sie vergewaltigt und umgebracht wurde. Alles danach verschwindet jedoch urplötzlich. Um seiner seltenen Krankheit Herr zu werden und den Mörder seiner Frau ausfindig zu machen, tätowiert sich Leonard wichtige Daten auf seinen ganzen Körper, schießt Fotos von jedem Ort, den er besucht und versieht diese Schnappschüsse mit Notizen, um hinterher vage Anhaltspunkte zu haben, was genau er dort gesucht und gefunden hat. Denn im Nacken lauert stetig die grausame Erkenntnis, dass er in den nächsten Minuten alles wieder vergessen haben wird......
Schon in der Anfangsszene wird klar, man hat es hier mit einem besonderen Film zu tun, kein 08/15, kein typisches Hollywood. Gezeigt wird einfach nur ein Mord, dieser aber rückwärts.
Da einer der beiden Handlungsstränge chronologisch rückwärts abläuft, das Spielgeschehen zeitlich hin und her springt und immer wieder von Rückblenden unterbrochen wird, ist man als Zuschauer zunächst etwas irritiert und muss sich mit der unkonventionellen Erzählstruktur erst einmal anfreunden. Der Nebel verdichtet sich nur sehr sehr langsam zu einem wackeligen Bild.
Doch hier erlebt man den Film durch den bewussten Einsatz solch einer Irritation mit der selben Ahnungslosigkeit wie der Hauptdarsteller. Angesichts der Tatsache, dass er das Kurzzeitgedächtnis verloren hat, sehr konsequent.
Eine geniale Methode um Empathie mit dem Protagonisten zu schaffen,
Und so gelingt es dem Zuschauer sich in Leonards Lage hineinzuversetzen, wenn er versucht, sich an jedes einzelne Detail zu erinnern und um den Faden nicht zu verlieren, alles daran setzt, diese Details nicht zu vergessen. Es ist, als würden unsere Gedanken die Merkzettel von Leonard repräsentieren und wir uns bemühen, sie nicht zu vergessen, damit wir den Überblick nicht verlieren.
Ein ungewöhnliches Filmerlebnis... man rätselt mit, stellt wildeste Vermutungen an, nur um dann doch daneben zu liegen. ...bis hin zu einem überraschenden Finale, an dem alle losen Fäden zusammenlaufen. Sehr, sehr sehenswert.
The story is of a young man working for an insurance agency, who awakes one night to find his wife being murdered in the bathroom by two masked killers. Tyring to save her he suffers a blow to the head which results in damage to his memory. He remembers his past life up to that point, but is completely unable to make any new memories for more than a few minutes. To compensate for this, he takes Polaroid photographs all the time, and tatoos his body with information.
A guy going by the name of Teddy, whose real name is John Edward Gammell, a secret police investigator, Played by Joe Pantoliano, is revealed as being one of the murderers, and there is a possible connection with drug related enquiries. He appears to be helping Leonard with his quest to unravell the mystery of his wife's death up to this point.
A barmaid, Natalie, (Carrie-Ann Moss) who plays tricks on Leonard all the time, tries to incite him to kill someone she is involved with, named Dodd.
Writer and Director Christopher Nolan, adapting from a story by his brother Johnathan, aimed very successfully to create a film in which details are fragmented to give the viewer the same experience as a sufferer of short term memory loss.
In the amazing special features section of this disc the plot and background information are presented as on a Crime Report website. Through Interactive menues the Interviews, Biographies and Photo Galleries, are a voyage of discovery.
This film is an intense thought provoking experience, a gripping classic.
Christopher Nolan's classic is bold, daring and just beautifully put together - with the central character Leonard (Guy Pearce - Ravenous ) suffering a memory lapse which he got during an accident. His memory is very short, so he writes everything important on his body, and keeps Polaroids with messages on the back for his short term mementos of what's going on in his life.
Here we see short snapshots, played in reverse of his life, and how he comes about to finding out why and who killed his wife, and the significance of all the characters and places in his life. Characters like the shady Teddy Gammell, who seems to be abusing the illness - and the stranger Natalie with her ulterior motives.
This movie is the best thing about this decade, well sculpted and scripted, an absolute classic, not one dull moment can be found here. I know a lot of people have doubted this movie, but I think they have failed to notice the intricate detail Nolan put into this, Guy's showstopping performance which will probably eclipse everything else he's ever done and going to do, and the fact that the filming and non-clichéd style really makes this a worth while viiew.
I would hold out of the Blu-Ray if you have the next generation player though, as this is what high definition was made for.
It is a terrific way to shoot a film though must have been a nightmare whilst shooting, I can only imagine how potentially difficult it was to story board this bizarre movie.
You will, perhaps, find yourself needing to watch this a few times, particularly the non chronological version, although, the chronological version begins with the end credits! Therefore, it is difficult to offer any suggestion as to which version to watch first.
You probably will be. Although not a particularly novel story line, nor fast paced, it is seriously challenging,imaginative and thoughtful,and because of its 'quirky' feel well worth watching,
Memento is Christopher Nolans masterpiece, pure genius.
It tells the story of a man with Antegrode Amnesia who is trying to find out who murdered his wife. The film itself follows a very non-linear structure and in fact it's told backwards which offers an extremely interesting dynamic between the characters. I will warn you it requires attention because at no point does Mr Nolan explain himself to you, he's expecting you to follow along and work it out for yourself which in all honesty has never been done before.
I was suprised at how good the quality of both video and audio was in this Blu-Ray as it was released a while ago. None the less this is a must have for your collection and I promise you won't be disappointed.
Only problem I had with this disc was that most of the special features wouldn't work on my Panasonic DMPBD35 Bluray Player despite a firmware update - my guess is that this is an issue with the player rather than the disc.
This was a real disappointment