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Memento Essay

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Memento is a movie directed by Chris Nolan. It was released in 2000. The leading actor is Guy Pearce. Carrie Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano are also in this movie. Memento is a perplexed thriller.
Leonard, the main character, is excellently played by Guy Pierce. He is constantly confused, yet still acts in a nonchalant way. Teddy (Pantoliano) and Natalie (Carrie Anne Moss) play puzzling characters, throughout the whole movie the viewer questions, whether they may or may not be Leonard’s friends.
The characters are not conform the general image of Americans, but that has a lot to do with the fact the audience does not know whether they should trust Leonard’s story or Leonard’s friends. Teddy does not look like an ordinary cop, and Natalie is not a standard bargirl, but the way they are portrayed is too mysterious, to really know who and what they are. The whole story does not fit any description of American culture, but that is what makes Memento a unique movie.
The movie opens with the scene going in reverse, the Polaroid photo of the man he just killed fades away. This is a metaphor for what is going on in Leonard’s mind. The dead man’s blood crawls back towards its owner, he comes back to life, and the bullet jumps back into its chamber. This scene represents the way the whole movie is going to work. This scene is also the end of the story, but we are completely lost as to why he has killed this man.
Leonard Shelby cannot make any new memories. The last thing he remembers is his wife dying. Leonard’s wife has been murdered and he’s been given brain damage that does not allow his mind to form new memories. He lives his life by taking notes and Polaroid pictures, the “facts” he records in tattoo form all over his body. Every time he loses his concentration it’s as if he has just woken up, he is constantly assessing his situation. It is a nearly impossible way to live life. The only thing that keeps him going is the idea of revenge against his wife’s murderer.
The way this movie messes with time in the past is not new. Pulp Fiction did it, and many other movies did, but never like the way Memento has chosen to work it. The movie is broken up into individual segments, and each one ends where the one before it began. This is confusing, but it does not take long to understand how the story is going to be told. Nolan...

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