Directed by Christopher Nolan.
Written by Christopher Nolan. Based on a short story by
Starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano.
Release Year: 2000
Review Date: 4/1/01
Talk about night and day.
After going to see the flaming piece of shit
"The Tailor of Panama", I was at rock bottom. With my experience
this evening watching the thriller "Memento", all is right with my
world once again.
If you don't live in New York or Los
Angeles, you will have a hard time finding this film--it is only
showing at three theaters here in Washington, and we're a "major"
city--but if you can find it, go see it right now. I will only tell
you how this film starts, as doing more than that will give parts of
its intriguing storyline away: Lenny (Guy Pearce, "LA
Confidential") shoots a guy named Teddy (Joe Pantoliano, "The
Matrix") in the back of the head. The rest of the movie goes
backwards in its time sequence to let the audience figure out what
led to Teddy's demise. I don't think I have ever seen a movie do it
this way; even in films where the story starts with the ending, you
usually backtrack to the beginning and tell us the whole story in
sequence up to its conclusion. But in "Memento", the story works
off of the strange condition of Lenny--he has lost his short-term
memory, so he needs to take pictures and notes every few minutes in
order to remember anything.
Rarely do I get to see a movie where
literally every single scene means something, but "Memento" is it.
With that in mind, you've got to listen to every word and watch
every clue to figure out why the ending makes any sense. So, if you
go to the bathroom, expect to be a little confused at the end. The
acting is great, there are some humorous touches provided by the
fact that Lenny cannot remember anything, and just the way this
movie is put together makes it worth seeing. And, don't let anyone
tell you that "they could see the whole thing coming" with the
end...it's just not possible, because there are certain things that
you aren't made aware of until the last five minutes.
Check this one out soon, before someone in
the cubicle next to you givesaway the goods!
Rating: Opening Weekend
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": This is
the highest rating a movie can receive. Reserved for movies that
exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development,
setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
"$X.XX Show": This price
changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently,
it is the $9.50 Show. While not technically perfect, this is a
movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.
"Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca",
but you'll have a great time watching. The $9.50 Show won't win any
Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see
"Matinee": An average movie
that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.
Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about
yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
Lakers game last night?"
"Rental": This rating
indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your
friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
(Warning: strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard