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MEMENTO
Reviewed September 16th, 2001 by Brian White

 

So all the movies today are the same and soooo predictable you say? Well then, you havenít seen Memento. Memento is the rarest of breeds. Itís a psychological thriller that is very new and fresh. Hereís the deal: your protagonist, Leonard, is a guy who cannot make new memories. He knows who he is, but he lost his ability to make new memories when his wife was brutally raped and murdered. Leonard is on a quest to find his wifeís killer and exact his revenge. This sounds like a difficult task, and it is. Our hero depends on a series of photographs, notes and tattoos to re-acquaint himself with his reality so that he can continue.

So youíre a little bit interested eh? But this is a little boring if youíre watching a guy figure out all of the things that you already know, right? Not so. Memento is told backwards. You discover things as Leonard does, but in reverse. You get hints of what has happened from the notes and the tattoos, but you and Leonard get to discover the true meaning together. This is really original story telling.

The movie digs into you, and you really want to see whatís next. Iíd love to tell you more, but I just canít ruin it for you.

Memento is well acted by Guy Pierce, Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano. Again, Mossí lack of a cat suit is disconcerting at best, but the story makes up for it. I also have to hand it to director Christopher Nolan, for pulling off this backward story telling. Great stuff.

The DVD is presented in 2.35:1, anamorphic widescreen. This is a great transfer. There isnít much to brag about in terms of cinematography here, but the film itself is represented quite well in this transfer. Color and detail are both quite good.

There are no extras other than the scene selections, but Iíve gotta hand it to them for the funky menus.

 

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