**SPOLIER ALERT** (everything in bold is a spoiler)
Memento is a movie directed and written by Christopher Nolan released in 2000. The movie stars Guy Pierce as Leonard Shelby (Leo) and Joe Pantoliano as Teddy Gammel. The movie was about a man, Leonard Shelby, who had lost his wife by the hands of two men who raped and killed her and as he tried to save her he was knocked down, causing him to develop anterograde amnesia. Anterograde amnesia is a condition in which the brain is able to remember everything up until the point of the accident that caused the condition, but it unable to form any new memories. In Leonard’s case he is able to retain new memoires for about fifteen minutes but afterward those fifteen minutes and everything before them are once again lost. After he is able to confirm the man who killed his wife as John G. he begins his hunt for vengeance. The task of finding the man who murdered his wife is extremely difficult and he relies on tattoos on his body, Polaroid pictures, thousands of notes, the help of a so-called friend Teddy, and Natalie a barmaid who too wants revenge for her boyfriend’s death.
The movie takes the audience through different times of the man’s life after the accident. The movie is shown in fifteen minute increments and is told backwards in a nonlinear structure. In the beginning of the movie we see where the movie we later end, with Leonard killing Teddy. The audience is made to believe that Teddy’s real name is John G. and that he is the actual killer of Leonard’s wife. At the end of the movie, after Teddy has already been seen murdered by Leo, the audience is told that the John G. that murdered Leo’s wife has already been killed by Leo. Afterwards Leo realizes that this hunt for his wife’s murder gives him a task, it gives his life purpose, so he erases any evidence of the killing knowing that in fifteen minutes he will forget he’s done it. Once Teddy tells Leo this, and Leo believes it to be true, Leo adds “facts” and notes to himself that increment Teddy as the real John G. After fifteen minutes all Leo is left with is evidence pointing to Teddy and he has no choice but to believe in himself.
This movie is a psychological thriller and it keeps the audience on the edge of their seats the entire time. Guy Pierce is absolutely amazing in this movie as well. In the end I felt anger, pity, and understanding when I finally was able to put all the pieces of Leo’s life after the accident together. I can honestly say that this movie was a 5 out of 5 and I will be sure to watch more of Christopher Nolan’s movies in the very near future.
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