Memento: Part 1


This Saturday at 4pm the Campus Theatre will play one of my favorite movies.

Memento offers a unique film style and dramatic suspense at the expense of the main protagonist, Leonard, played by Guy Pearce, who experiences memory loss. After losing the ability to remember anything new, Leonard actively seeks to solve the mystery of his wife’s murder. During his investigation to find the killer(s) he experiences flashbacks, which makes the movies unique style so dramatic. One story line appears chronologically in color, while another story line (before his wife dies) appears in black and white in reverse chronological order. The constantly changing scenes makes for a great film experience and provokes the mind to think outside the box.

The task of keeping the story line straight may seem like a daunting task at first, but once the movie starts its easy to get wrapped up in the emotions of Leonard, who passionately seeks to avenge his wife’s death because that is the last memory he has. Everyday for Leonard is like waking up to a brand new world with no ties to the previous day because he made no new memories of any of the conversations or interactions from life after his wife’s death. Everything in the movie seems to be a possible lead to the murderer and at the same time any new information cannot be verified for sure. Overall its a great movie and I recommend it to anyone who would like to join me this Saturday.

Part 2 to come after Sat.

“You wander around playing detective, but maybe you should start investigating yourself”

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4 Responses to Memento: Part 1

  1. RickE says:

    In the true spirit of Memento, shouldn’t part 2 of this post have come first and part 1 come second?

  2. Jordi says:

    Did you go? How did it compare this time around? Did you see Pulp Fiction Friday night which also plays with time and narrative, and came out years before Memento

  3. awhigbee says:

    I have never seen Memento but I have seen Pulp Fiction and movies that play around with the timelines can be extremely exciting and interesting. I wonder if there is some relevance to the idea of the before sequence being black and white and the after sequence being in color. I also wonder why he clings to avenging his wife’s death because although it is his last memory there is very little he can do about the situation especially with his fragmented old memories. I will just have to watch and find out.

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