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A Full Synopsis Of The Complex Movie Memento

By Ronald Luna

Chances are, if you’re taking a look into an article like this one, than you are trying to get a better glimpse into the very critically acclaimed and instant classic, “Memento”. Sure, there is a good bit to know and to understand about this film, most of which will likely be discussed within this article and the content of its paragraphs.

While there might be several different things to consider and understand when it comes to a film like this, the best way that you can understand the film is through learning about the important events of the plot. The trouble with this is, the plot is not in chronological order, as most movies would be and therefore this becomes a little bit tricky when you go to detail the events of the film.

Unless of course, you do so in what chronological order you yourself can pull from the film. In its pieces and parts, the film could be in a very logical order, when you rearrange the parts. There is a very good reason for the film to be out of whack like this, not just for the confusion of the audience. It is actually the whole essence of the film, just having the movie go in a non-sequential order like this.

There is a very good reason for this sporadic nature to the film, and it is because of the main character in the piece: Leonard Shelby. This man attempted years ago to stop two men from raping and killing his wife. He stopped one by killing him, and the other clubbed him across the head, giving him a condition known as anterograde amnesia, which does not allow him to make new memories.

As unique as the experience is to watch on film, Leonard is often on the wrong end of someone’s dirty laundry or just plain getting taken advantage of. He is talked into doing all kinds of things on the premise that the individuals and events are related to finding the second killer of his wife. Anything that he feels is important to tracking down the second killer, he tattoos onto his body.

He receives a phone call from what he believes to be a police officer named John, though he prefers to go by Teddy. He claims that he can take Leonard to the second killer, a drug dealing punk named Jimmy, so that he can exact his revenge. What the audience learns later, is that Jimmy had nothing to do with Lenny’s wife. And Teddy feeds Lenny a story about having already found the other killer a year ago.

You meet several people throughout the story, and they all play an intricate role into the very complicated nature of this plot. In the last sections of the film, you deduce along with Leonard who the second killer is, and you accompany him to exact his revenge. Though the film was written very well, you might care to take note of the incredible performances from Guy Pearce (Leonard) and Joe Pantaliano (Teddy).

“Memento” can be hard to follow if you aren’t paying very close attention to it. The film was likely as successful as it was given the nature of the title character’s condition and how the events of the film played into the chaos that living without being able to make new memories would inspire.

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