Memento is a 2000 American neo-noir psychological thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan, and produced by Suzanne and Jennifer Todd. The film’s script was based on a pitch by Jonathan Nolan, who later wrote the story “Memento Mori” from the concept. Guy Pearce stars as a man who, as a result of a past trauma, has anterograde amnesia (the inability to form new memories) and has short-term memory loss approximately every fifteen minutes. He is searching for the persons who attacked him and killed his wife, using an intricate system of Polaroid photographs and tattoos to track information he cannot remember.
Memento is presented as two different sequences of scenes interspersed during the film: a series in black-and-white that is shown chronologically, and a series of color sequences shown in reverse order (simulating for the audience the mental state of the protagonist). The two sequences meet at the end of the film, producing one complete and cohesive narrative.
Memento premiered at the 57th Venice International Film Festival on September 5, 2000, and was released in the United States on March 16, 2001. It was acclaimed by critics, who praised its nonlinear narrative structure and motifs of memory, perception, grief, and self-deception, and earned $39.7 million over a $4.5 million budget. It received numerous accolades, including Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing. The film was subsequently ranked one of the best films of the 2000s by several critics and media outlets. In 2016, it was voted 25th among 100 films considered the best of the 21st century by 117 film critics from around the world. Memento was considered “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” by the US Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2017, the first narrative feature of the 2000s to be honored.
Memento (1/7) Movie CLIP – I Finally Found Him (2000) HD
Leonard (Guy Pearce) discovers that Teddy Gammell (Joe Pantoliano) is the man he’s looking for, and shoots him.
A man is determined to find justice after the loss of a loved one, even though he is incapable of fully remembering the crime, in this offbeat thriller. Leonard (Guy Pearce) is a man who is struggling to put his life back together after the brutal rape and murder of his wife. But Leonard’s problems are different from those of most people in his situation; he was beaten severely by the same man who killed his wife. The most significant manifestation of Leonard’s injuries is that his short-term memory has been destroyed; he is incapable of retaining any new information, and must resort to copious note-taking and Polaroid photographs in order to keep track of what happens to him over the course of a day (he’s even tattooed himself with a few crucial bits of information he can’t get along without). Leonard retains awareness that his wife was brutally murdered, however, and he’s convinced that the culprit still walks the streets. Leonard is obsessed with the notion of taking revenge against the man who has ruined his life, and he sets out to find him, getting help from Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss), who appears to be a sympathetic barmaid, and Teddy (Joe Pantoliano), who claims to be Leonard’s friend, even though Leonard senses that he cannot be trusted. Writer/director Christopher Nolan adapted Memento from a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan.
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Cast: Guy Pearce, Joe Pantoliano
Director: Christopher Nolan
Producers: Christopher Ball, Elaine Dysinger, Aaron Ryder, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd, William Tyrer
Screenwriters: Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
Memento (2/7) Movie CLIP – My Wife Deserves Vengeance (2000) HD
CLIP DESCRIPTION: Leonard (Guy Pearce) meets with Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss) to get information about the man who murdered his wife, and recalls his life before she was killed.
Memento (3/7) Movie CLIP – Will You Remember Me? (2000) HD
CLIP DESCRIPTION: Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss) offers to help Leonard (Guy Pearce), and hopes that he will remember her the next time they meet.
Memento (4/7) Movie CLIP – I Know I Can’t Have Her Back (2000) HD
CLIP DESCRIPTION: Leonard (Guy Pearce) tries to comprehend the feeling of loss he experiences for his late wife.
Memento (5/7) Movie CLIP – Can You Get Angry? (2000) HD
CLIP DESCRIPTION: Natalie (Carrie-Anne Moss) asks Leonard (Guy Pearce) to kill the man who is after her, and is furious when he refuses.
Memento (6/7) Movie CLIP – You Make Up Your Own Truth (2000) HD
CLIP DESCRIPTION: Teddy Gammell (Joe Pantoliano) tries to make Leonard (Guy Pearce) understand that he has already killed his wife’s murderer.
Memento (7/7) Movie CLIP – When My Eyes Are Closed, The World’s Still Here (2000) HD
CLIP DESCRIPTION: Leonard (Guy Pearce) makes the decision to target Teddy Gammell (Joe Pantoliano) as his wife’s killer, rather than to accept reality.
Memento – Full Movie
A man (Primetime Emmy winner Guy Pearce, “L.A. Confidential”) juggles searching for his wife’s murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from stopping him in this breakout sophomore feature by hit director Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight”).
MEMENTO – Movie Endings Explained (2000) Christopher Nolan
MEMENTO – Movie Endings Explained (2000) Christopher Nolan
Movie endings, they’re usually pretty straight forward right? Everything pays off, the main characters learn something, and our heroes ride off into the sunset. Sometimes though, we don’t get the typical ending from a movie, we get something much more nuanced, complex and open ended. The kind of endings that leave things up in the air for all of us to debate and theorize on until we’re blue in the face. With Movie Endings Explained, we aim to delve into some of the more ambiguous and mysterious endings to films that have left audiences scratching their heads for years, and to attempt to explain them. In most cases, a definitive answer isn’t really there, so we definitely want to hear from YOU on how you interpret the various endings we’ll be discussing with this series.
This time we’re looking at yet another Christopher Nolan film, his 2000 psychological thriller MEMENTO. Told in two different timelines that intercut and intersect throughout the entire movie (one in color, the other in black and white) Nolan really plays with the fluidity of memory and non-linear storytelling. The color scenes run in reverse chronological order, while the black and white scenes move forward in sequence until the two pieces coalesce near the end. The central device of MEMENTO is memory, as Guy Pearce’s lead character Leonard has anterograde amnesia, which means he is no longer able to create new memories, following an intensely traumatic experience. We look at some of the clues that may point to some kind of answer to MEMENTO, but ultimately discuss possibilities more than anything, as this film is somewhat like a puzzle that may never be truly solved.