Genre Grandeur – Memento (2000) – Encore Review – MovieRob


For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Revenge Movies, here’s a review of Memento (2000) by me.

Thanks again to Gavin of Mini Media Reviews for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Robb of Red Bezzle and it is Remade Movies.

Love or hate, compare and contrast, and dare to say they’re better. It could be a relocated remake a la The Magnificent Seven, an Animation to Live Action remake similar to The Jungle Book or straight forward reimagining such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. 

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of September by sending them to remaderobb@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Robb!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:

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“I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can’t remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world’s still there. Do I believe the world’s still there? Is it still out there?… Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I’m no different. .” – Leonard

Number of Times Seen – At least 10 times (twice in theater, DVD, 27 Mar 2014 and 27 Aug 2017)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A man suffering from a form of amnesia tries to find the man who murdered his wife.

My Take on it – This film has always been among my all time favorites because it’s storyline is so simple yet complex.

I recall seeing this in the theater before anyone heard knew what it was about and loving it so much that I went back a few night later to see it again.

This is such an amazing debut for Christopher Nolan because he shows us all what he has that he wants to bring to the table; innovation and original ideas for great movie storytelling.

Guy Pearce is superb in the lead role and I’m surprised that his career never took off as it probably should have.

The non-linear fashion that this story is told in is amazingly done and it really helps us get a better understanding of the ailment felt by the main character.

I have had the opportunity to see this film from start to finish (instead of finish to start) and I much prefer the natural backwards way it is known for.

This is clearly a film that requires multiple viewings in order to fully understand all of the complexities of the story but nevertheless, it is enjoyable no matter how many times you’ve seen it because of the compelling and gripping storyline.

The story itself feels like a grand puzzle that we are trying to solve yet don’t know what the ultimate picture will be an are astounded more and more as it begins to be revealed.

Bottom Line – One of Nolan’s most innovative films. Pearce is amazing in the lead. Love the non-linear way the story is told because it makes us really feel like we are also suffering from the same ailment as the main character.  Film that requires multiple viewings in order to understand the complexity of it all yet it is entertaining no matter how many times you have seen it because it’s so interesting. The storyline feels like a puzzle that needs to be put together piece by piece yet you cannot foresee what the finished product will be.  Proof that Nolan had a stellar career ahead of him based solely on his ideas and the way he presents them. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  Stephen Tobolowsky has stated that during his audition for Sammy, he had mentioned to Christopher Nolan that he had experienced amnesia personally. A few years earlier, he was given an experimental pain killer that induced amnesia for a surgery he had undergone. Tobolowsky said it may have helped him get the part, because no other actor would likely have had his first-hand experience. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)

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9 thoughts on “Genre Grandeur – Memento (2000) – Encore Review – MovieRob

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  3. Agree with you on this one. Fascinating way to tell the story. And agree on Guy Pearce as well. I felt the same thing after this film as I did after seeing him in LA Confidential. He’s done good work since but never seemed to break out as a star.

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