It Breaks Things (9 out of 10 ) Um...whoa.
I expected a movie that had an awesome plotline, funky way of doing things and was generally fun.
Two outta three ain't bad. It's an awesome film, but as it continues you just keep wanting to throw things at the television for what's happening. It's a rare film that manages to have the main character manipulate himself this way.
I'd give it ten stars, but I rate ten as being something everybody should watch. While Memento is good, I think it's very good for a select audience. This is not a film for the innocent by any stretch of the imagination.
Adam (10 out of 10 ) This script is genious. Chris Nolan does an excellent job of keeping the main character, Leonard, together throughout the film. I only wish more films were like this. Its not very often that writers use modern day medical conditions to create a character's mind.
This gets a 10. It is for an audience that will understand it.
Ryan (8 out of 10 ) Honestly I love this movie and I love this script, but I have to drop it to an eight because of the one GIANT, GAPING PLOT HOLE! If Leonard woke up one day after this life-changing moment with the condition described in the movie, he wouldn't know he had the condition. It wouldn't matter if Teddy or anybody else told him a million times that he has no ability to transfer short-term memory to long-term memory. That leaves an unfillable plot hole. Sometimes, though we must ignore plot holes for the sake of entertainment. In that case, I have to give this movie every bit of praise everybody else does. Fantastic flick.
Jackson (10 out of 10 ) That plot hole is not a hole at all. If he was told numerous times about his condition and then realised he could tattoo important reminders on his body, he would know there was a reason why he had tattooed them on his body. You'll notice in the movie that in one scene he is confused about the tattoos. If nothing else, the look is in his face every time he looks at them. But the tattoos serve their purpose, they jog his memory.
klop (10 out of 10 ) A very interesting story.
David (10 out of 10 ) The reason why Ryan's plot hole is not a plot hole is because of the revelation by "Teddy" at the end. By the end of the movie, we are left with some ambiguity about what Leonard's condition really is. Like the "Sammy Jenkis" that Leonard constructed in his mind, Leonard's condition is not just physical, but also mental. The key is to accept what "Teddy" says as the gospel truth, when he says to Leonard, "You lie to yourself! You don't want the truth. You make up your own truth." A few moments later, Leonard says to himself, "Do I lie to myself to be happy? In your case, Teddy, yes, I will." This he says as he writes down Teddy's license plate# in order to tattoo it on himself and later "remember" to kill him. As Teddy says, we all lie to ourselves in order to be happy. Leonard's "condition" is great drama because through his plight we see an exaggerated version of our own plight.
andre teese (10 out of 10 ) Memento was a very disturbing movie, as a man lost and is lost. The film is steeped in existentialism and reminds me of Ray Bradbury's, Illustrated Man. Sometimes I had to look away as the violence along with the sound effects made the flashback rape scene so real. Somehow Leonard Shelby's serious head injury could be seen as an advantage in that his short-term memory loss would prevent the details of his wife's struggle and screams of helplessness. "Memento', reflects the ugliness of man's inhumanity to man, read, seen and heard in our newspapers, televisions and word of mouth today.
sushant (9 out of 10 ) For RYAN, it's no plot hole you just missed the point, that's it. It is because of "Sammy's" condition that Leonard logically derives that he has no short term memory. He knows that Sammy tried to remember things by writing them down so when he is not able to remember anything and finds tattoos on his body, he logically derives he has Sammy's condition and is using the same way to remember things but in his own way. The movie is very well structured and tight.
Conor (10 out of 10 ) Perhaps my favorite film of all time, this really put Chris Nolan on the map. The film is what it needs to be; intriguing, interesting, puzzling, but most importantly brilliant. Well acted and directed, the editing and writing really put this fantastic film over the top.