Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,


Just saw "Memento" after hearing so many rave reviews. What a tedious, formulaic piece of cinema that was. It was kind of like sitting through a two-hour long Voyager holodeck episode, only without the special effects.

The only thing visually interesting is the beginning of the movie where time goes backwards... other than that, the acting is flat and the plot has a few giant holes in it. For instance, if the last thing the main character remembers is his wife dying, then how does he remember that he has short-term memory loss? ... or why would Teddy, a police officer who knows Leonard to be a potential ticking time bomb, want anything to do with him after he commits a murder? Also, how stupid are we to assume Teddy is? He manipulates Leonard into killing a drug boss, thereby netting $500,000 in drug money, but rather than framing Leonard and getting the hell out of town, he goes back to the crime scene with him. It might seem to work if you confuse the narrative and make time lurch backwards, but if you actually look at the plot in forward motion, it makes no sense at all. It was, for me, tedious and boring, and there was nothing about the characters that made me give a damn... I was longing for the end well before the beginning.

In short, it was a formulaic plot with a flawed premise and a distinct lack of flair. I can't believe people on IMDB would give this piece of crap such a high rating. It's currently ranked the 13th best movie, right ahead of Rear Window and The Usual Suspects. HAH! Give me Jimmy Stewart or Kevin Spacey any day, but don't make me sit through this again.

There is, however, one good thing about this movie... and that's the website. If only the movie were cut so well...

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