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ExpDelTop100 #71 - Memento

Ah yes, the "backwards movie". If you've heard the title Memento, you've prolly heard that its backwards. If you haven't seen it, that concept may be really intriguing to you. It was for me. It was also a bit off putting. I had no clue how that could possibly work, and I thought the film would be really confusing. It wasnt.

Well, if you leave out the flashbacks, it makes sense. The flashbacks make sense-ish, but its tough to place them with the rest of hte film. I just looked at IMDB's FAQ page for the film, and its one of the longest I've ever seen. It has a bit of that just confusing enough to overtake you sorta thing I discussed a bit when writing up The Matrix. I definitely sat there for a good while processing the film when the credits rolled.

I feel there isnt really much I can say without giving everything away. You just need to sit down and watch the damn thing. Its very simplistic, which matches the protagonist Leonard's mindset with the whole short term amnesia thing. I love how the scenes flow into each other, where you have an overlapping few seconds between the end of the current scene with the beginning of the previous one.
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Feb. 15th, 2011 11:39 pm (UTC)
I LOVE Memento! I think this was the first movie I ever watched that blew my mind to the point where I had to watch it again right then and there.

Actually, I think it's the only movie I've had that reaction to. Donnie Darko was close, though.
Feb. 15th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
And that actually was my exact reaction to Donnie Darko
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