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Director: Christopher Nolan     Starring: Carrie-Anne Moss Guy Pearce
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Learn more about Memento (Blu-ray):

Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 202603237
UPC: 043396154162
UPC 14: 00043396154162
Category Keywords: Crime  Murder  Mystery  Revenge  Suspense  Theatrical Release  Thriller
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Point blank in the head a man shoots another. In flashbacks, each one earlier in time than what we've just seen, the two men's past unfolds. Leonard, as a result of a blow to the head during an assault on his wife, has no short-term memory. He's looking for his wife's killer, compensating for his disability by taking Polaroids, annotating them, and tattooing important facts on his body. We meet the loquacious Teddy and the seductive Natalie (a barmaid who promises to help), and we glimpse Leonard's wife through memories from before the assault. Leonard also talks about Sammy Jankis, a man he knew with a similar condition. Has Leonard found the killer What's going onSystem Requirements:Run Time: 113 minutesFormat: BLU-RAY DISC

"Everyone should see this film.  FilmHead.com
"A gripping, utterly unexpected noir...  Jeff Giles, Newsweek
"A Masterpiece!  Mike D'Angelo, Time Out

Editor's Note
MEMENTO, the second feature by writer-director Christopher Nolan (FOLLOWING), is an intricately constructed film noir that masterfully inverts time to comment on the foggy relationship between memory and truth. MEMENTO tells the story of Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce), a former insurance investigator who witnesses a brutal attack on his wife. Knocked unconscious, Leonard wakes up with a rare brain condition--he no longer possesses short-term memory. He can remember his name and all the details of his past, but he can no longer make new memories. Armed with a careful system of remembering details (he compulsively snaps Polaroids and scribbles notes, then tattoos the important facts directly onto his body), the distraught Leonard goes on a manhunt to avenge his wife's death. To illustrate the unique and frightening state of the protagonist's mind (he cannot remember what happened even seconds before), Nolan takes a brilliantly successful risk in telling the story backwards. The film begins with Leonard killing the man he's looking for. From there MEMENTO unravels a compellingly disconcerting trail back to the start. As the layers of the story are peeled back scene by scene, Leonard's involvement with two enigmatic "friends"--who both claim to be helping him--complicates the mystery.

Based on a short story by the director's brother, Jonathan Nolan, MEMENTO is an incredibly original film that is so wonderfully puzzling and eerily ambiguous that it will surely warrant repeated viewings.

Features

Video Features Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, No Longer Produced

Technical Info


Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/15/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 113 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 15416
Video UPC UPC: 00043396154162
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Carrie-Anne Moss
Video Cast Info Guy Pearce
Video Cast Info Joe Pantoliano
Video Cast Info Mark Boone Junior
Video Cast Info Christopher Nolan - Director
Video Cast Info Christopher Nolan - Screenplay
Video Cast Info David Julyan, et. al. - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Dody Dorn - Editor
Video Cast Info Jennifer Todd, et. al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Wally Pfister - Cinematographer

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...[A] mesmerizing mind-bender....A new classic among thrillers....This jolting jigsaw puzzle of a movie grabs you and won't let go..." 03/15/2001 p.85-6

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"...A stylish thriller with a touch of novelty....This mind-teasing puzzle is engrossing..." 03/01/2001 p.34-7

Entertainment Weekly
"...MEMENTO has the uniquely disorienting quality of a puzzle....It's the rare mystery in which every moment lives....Pearce's extraordinary performance lends even the smallest events the aura of a life-or-death search..." 03/23/2001 p.77

New York Times
"...Ingenious....MEMENTO is a brilliant feat of rug-pulling, sure to delight fans of movies like THE USUAL SUSPECTS and PI..." 03/16/2001 p.E14

USA Today
"...A terrifically compelling little mystery..." 03/16/2001 p.3E

Hollywood Reporter
"...Nolan has literally turned the genre inside-out and reassembled it as an intriguing jigsaw puzzle of a whodunit..." 09/12/2000 p.86-94

Los Angeles Times
"...Exceptional....A haunting, nervy thriller....MEMENTO is a provocatively structured and thrillingly executed film noir..." 03/16/2001 p.2

Chicago Sun-Times
"...MEMENTO is a diabolical and absorbing experience..." 04/13/2001 p.27

Uncut
"MEMENTO marks a quantum leap in the thriller genre..." 01/01/2005 p.162

Total Film
5 stars out of 5 -- "A brilliant idea, brilliantly executed....The final pay-off rockets Nolan's noir into even darker territory..." 11/01/2010

ReelViews 9 of 10
Memento doesn't stop with a great premise. In fact, what really distinguishes this film is its brilliant, innovative structure. Nolan has elected to tell the story backwards. He starts at the end and finishes near the beginning. The main narrative is presented as a series of three-to-eight minute segments, each of which ends where the previous one began. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
The purpose of the movie is not for us to solve the murder of the wife ("I can't remember to forget you," he says of her). If we leave the theater not sure exactly what happened, that's fair enough. The movie is more like a poignant exercise, in which Leonard's residual code of honor pushes him through a fog of amnesia toward what he feels is his moral duty. The movie doesn't supply the usual payoff of a thriller (how can it?), but it's uncanny in evoking a state of mind. Maybe telling it backward is Nolan's way of forcing us to identify with the hero. Hey, we all just got here. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Pearce,Guy
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   Blu-ray DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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