Memento chronicles two separate stories of Leonard, an ex-insurance investigator who can no longer build new memories, as he attempts to find the murderer of his wife, which is the last thing he remembers. One story line moves forward in time while the other tells the story backwards revealing more each time.
I watched this movie for a postmodern movie analysis in Literature class. I enjoyed watching it and was very glad I chose it from the list.
Memento is presented in a highly unusual way. Half of the movie is in black and white and the other half is in colour in reverse chronological order. The scenes alternate creating a confusing plot line. As a viewer, you are forced to make sense of what you see and piece things together on your own. Not that you’ll ever know for certain. I’ve been analyzing the movie and have read countless reviews and am still unsure what I believe to be the truth. I have way too many unanswered questions bouncing around in my head.
I’m sure you’ve all read/seen, or at least have heard of, books/movies about characters suffering from memory loss. Don’t worry though, Memento isn’t quite like anything you’ve seen before. A series of twists at the end will leave you mind blown and unable to view memories the same way again. Memento reveals how easy it is to manipulate memories and the importance of being able to form new ones.
Other subjects addressed are loss and revenge and the unhappiness they bring if you fixate on them. Of course there are the postmodern techniques and themes if that is something that interests you. I can’t say much more about it without spoiling, because pretty much anything I say will be a spoiler.
Definitely worth a watch if you are a fan of Inception type movies (It’s by the same director too!)