Memento (2000)

Now that we’re all being told to stay indoors, I figured I’d do some legit movie reviews alongside my long running and soon to be continued Bad Moviethon series (Batman vs Superman, anyone? UGH).

The criteria for the legit movies is a Rotten Tomatoes score of 60% or more.

First up is…


YEAR
Memento 2000 93%
Leonard Shelby, an insurance investigator, suffers from anterograde amnesia and uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man he thinks killed his wife, which is the last thing he remembers.
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Overall, I enjoyed this movie – although, I admit that I was completely confused by the beginning so I found myself searching memento explained quite early on.

That being said, this movie is pretty good. It’s not necessarily a great story. The beauty is in the way the story is told. The main character Leonard has anterograde amnesia and his memory essentially resets to a certain point every so often. The movie is told in two parts – one which is linear and the other is reverse linear with both meeting up at the end. By time the movie was over my eyes were glued to the screen which doesn’t happen often.

There’s a twist at the end that I won’t spoil, but all in all it was a satisfying end to the film. What I liked the most was just when I thought I’d figured it out, we’d go back a step and I learned something new.

The only thing I’m confused about is the linear scenes – Leonard basically walks us through a story about Sammy – who also has anterograde amnesia and I wasn’t sure if that was real or not. The last thing Leonard remembers is his wife being raped and killed and he’s sure of that – so how could be Sammy?

It’s definitely a movie I’ll have to watch again at some point. It holds up pretty well even though it’s twenty years old.

I think 93% is probably too high, though. I’d give it an 80%.

 

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