Memento is the tale of a man named Leonard Shelby. Leonard is on a mission to find the guy who raped and murdered his wife. Though as Leonard tries to track down the killer he has a problem in doing this. He suffers from a rare form of memory loss, much like Amnesia, except he can’t remember anything after the incident that killed his wife. He will remember things for a few minutes, but after that everything just fades away. He can’t remember the people he has met before, nor the things he’s done in the past after the incident. He has found a way to remember things and the way he does this is by taking pictures and writing notes on the pictures, along with giving himself tattoos that help him remember what he’s supposed to do. As he goes through this memory loss he is still filled with vengeance and he can trust no one since he can’t remember anyone he has met before, yet everyone seems to know him.
The movie opens with us being introduced to Leonard Shelby. We see the entire movie through what he is going through. We will see him give us flashbacks to what happened all throughout the film. The film is mostly us going through his mind as he shows us something that happened and how he dealt with it, then we go to where we see what happened before the scene we just witnessed. We see how people use him and take advantage of him because of his memory loss. This goes on throughout the entire film.
This is a movie that you must think and pay attention to to follow it. Like I said above, the movie goes back and forth and if you don’t pay attention you’ll be lost. This movie was wonderfully directed, written and acted. I found the plot to be original and very well written. As the movie goes on we learn more and more about Leonard Shelby and the problem he has and who the killer is. If you’re a fan suspense movies that makes you think, you will definitely enjoy this movie. I’d also recommend this film if you’re a fan of the movie Seven. This is a really good movie and it is definitely worth checking out. I give it an 8 out of 10.