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Memento Summary

Point blank a man is shot in the head. Two stupid burglers invade a house and cross paths with the woman living there. Too ignorant to realize she doesn’t live alone, they proceed to rape and murder her. During this occurance the husband, Leonard Shelby, played by Guy Pearce (Time Machine, Count of Monte Cristo and Rules of Engagement), wakes up to the baffled cries and thuds and runs to the bathroom. He opens the door to find his wife wrapped in the shower curtain and he clubs one of the men in the back of the head. At this point the same is done to him. He is gunbucked and knocked unconcious and blood pours from his head. This causes Leanord to get anterograde memory dysfunction whic disables ability to make new experiences into long-term memory, or loose his ability to make new memories. He describes it as “it’s like you just woke up, always…it’s backwards, like you may have an idea of what you want to do next, but don’t know what you just did.” Bent on revenge Leonard stops at nothing to find his wife’s killers and kill them. But via several liasons with various and complex charcters such as Natalie played by Carrie Ann-Moss (Matrix, Chocolat and Mission Impossible 3), and Teddy played by Joe Pantoliano (Matrix, Soparnos and Daredevil), you begin to think there may be little point if he won’t remember it. To compensate or his disability, Leonard takes Polaroids, annotates them, and tattoos important facts on his body. This movie jumps forwards andbackwards in a way that only forces you to empathize and feel for the main charcter. Some scenes are backwards and some explain what just happened. Will he ever figure it out?


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