Critic Consensus: Christopher Nolan skillfully guides the audience through Memento's fractured narrative, seeping his film in existential dread.
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Critic Reviews for Memento
Think of all the ways that a linear film structure stabilizes us - the cause and effect chain of events. But Memento is about a character completely destabilized, so Nolan destabilizes us accordingly in a way maybe no other movie has.
Memento would only be half as fun with only one gimmick or the other. Instead, the backward storytelling and the frozen man make for a wonderful pair, combining into something far more redemptive than it sounds.
I can't remember when a movie has seemed so clever, strangely affecting and slyly funny at the very same time.
Writer-director Christopher Nolan's second film is one of the most original and ultimately confounding mind games to reach the screen since The Usual Suspects.
The young British writer and director Christopher Nolan, who has every intention of putting us through the mill, doubles his fun by running the whole story backward.
Audience Reviews for Memento
Christopher and Jonathan Nolan make a shocking and enticing story in Memento. From its unconventional formula of storytelling to the shocking revelations, the film is a landmark for the brothers as one of their bests and one cinemas groundbreaking tales. 5/5
An intellectually stimulating and expertly edited exercise in storytelling built upon two alternating threads that move in opposite directions (the main one backwards and a black-and-white subplot forward) until they converge in the end, making us undergo the same disorientation of its character.
I need to watch this again.
|Leonard Shelby:||Enter OK, so what am I doing?|
|Leonard Shelby:||Oh, I'm chasing this guy.|
|Leonard Shelby:||No, he's chasing me.|
|Leonard:||My wife deserves venagence. Doesn't make any difference whether I know about it. Just because there are Things I don't remember doesn't make my actions meaningless.|
|Teddy:||You don't want the truth. You make up your own truth! Like your police file. It was complete when I gave it to you. Who took out the 12 pages?|
|Teddy:||No, it wasnt' me. See, it was you!|
|Leonard:||Why would I do that?|
|Teddy:||To create a puzzle you could never solve!|
|Teddy:||Lenny, you can't trust a man's life to your little notes and pictures|