Memento (2000) Movie Review

Memento (2000) - Movie Review - Quick Movie Reviews by Haris

Leonard is an insurance investigator whose memory has been damaged following a head injury he sustained after intervening on his wife’s murder. His quality of life has changed severely after this event, and he can now only live a normal life by tattooing notes on himself and taking pictures of things with a Polaroid camera. Leonard badly wants revenge for his wife’s murder, but, as numerous characters explain, there may be a little point he won’t remember and it will not provide closure for him. The movie time jumps between future occurrences and a phone conversation Leonard is having in his motel room in which he compares his current state to that of a client who claims he once dealt with, so at the end of the movie you get really dizzy, confused and you feel like you’re suffering with Leonard’s condition as well.

Let’s get to the positives! Guy Pearce and Joe Pantoliano are great in this movie, especially Guy Pearce in the lead role. This movie is also original, just like you would expect from most of Christopher Nolan movies. The story pulls you in instantly and I absolutely love the way it unfolds and I love the ending of the movie. Not everybody will understand this movie and will probably never watch it again, because, as I said, it is a very mind bending experience, but I can personally see myself watching it over and over again and loving it more and more. As far as issues go in this movie… Are there any? Yeah, there are, but, they didn’t bother me too much. The problem I had was that Carrie-Anne Moss’ character wasn’t really as interesting as I think they wanted it to be and her performance at times feels a little wooden. Other than that, this is a damn well-made movie that I’m going to give 9/10* to!

Director: Christopher Nolan
Written by: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano
Runtime: 113 minutes