Wanita Wednesdays: “Memento”

From special guest writer Wanita.

After taking an introductory film class, Wanita wished to contribute a little of what she learned. Therefore, every Wednesday for the next 10 weeks, Wanita will be talking about a specific aspect of filmmaking or a film she enjoyed, i.e. Wanita Wednesdays! This week: the story and plot of “Memento”.

SYNOPSIS (from IMDb): A man suffering from short-term memory loss, uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man he thinks killed his wife.

The movie “Memento” really displayed a lot of cinematic elements. It showed how the plot of a film can differ from the story. The story was about a man who has no short term memory, and is looking for revenge.  The plot was the way the movie showed how he extracted his revenge. Everything in colour backtracked what happened to lead to the beginning of the film. Everything in black and white was what happened before everything else in the movie. Although the movie was confusing, I think if I were to see it a second time, knowing what to expect, it would help to clarify a lot.

Since the movie is about memory, it raises many questions about what one can trust. Leonard (Guy Pearce) can’t remember anything that happened five minutes earlier, so he uses photos to help him identify people and things. He completely trusts these photos and calls them facts. To him facts are the only things that matter, and he feels that these photos are the perfect system for him. He talks about this case he had as an insurance man, a man named Sammy Jankis who also had the same memory problem as him. Leonard remembers everything Jankis did wrong, and he uses his knowledge to help him with his condition. Leonard mentions a number of times in this movie what Sammy did wrong, and how someone with his condition needs a system, like his system. However, this system he puts so much faith into completely fails him. When Leonard needs to write down the most vital facts, he can’t get to pens in time. Leonard’s facts are no better than anyone’s memory. In the end, he uses his facts to manipulate the situation and seems to be going around in circles looking for vengeance.

LAST DETAILS: “Memento” (2000) written and directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the story Memento Mori by Jonathan Nolan, starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano.

2 thoughts on “Wanita Wednesdays: “Memento”

  1. Ce qui est bien de Memento, c’est de regarder The Following juste après. On peut voir l’embryon de Memento au niveau du traitement de la trame narrative.

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