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Memento

Tawsif Saleheen

Have you heard of Ghajini? It's a dumb little Indian flick that came out towards the end of last year. The movie created a lot of fuss because it had Aamir Khan in it sporting a weird hairdo that somewhat reminded you of Britney Spears back in the time when she went completely cuckoo and shaved her head off. All in all Ghajini was stupid, silly and you wouldn't need to suffer from a short-term memory loss to forget the movie entirely.

Now here is the thing. Ghajini is a remake of a Tamil movie, which due to a vapid lack of creativity was also called Ghajini. The Tamil Ghajini however drew 'inspiration' from a Christopher Nolan masterpiece called Memento. Today we would talk about how awesome Memento is.

Memento is a film noir starring Guy Pearce and Carrie-Anne Moss. It's a psychological thriller that revolves around Leonard Shelby, in short Lenny, who wears designer suits, drives a Jaguar, but lives in a cheap, shady motel. He tells everyone that he has a condition - he cannot develop new memory. Instead he carries a Polaroid camera with himself and uses it to take pictures and leaves notes for reference. When he runs short of paper he also makes tattoos of valuable information on different parts of his body.

Lenny is looking for someone, or so his pictures and tattoos claim. He is looking for a man called John G, who he believes has murdered his wife and is responsible for his condition. He has a trail of paper works and pictures leading to John G. To make things interesting Lenny also has a self proclaimed best friend Teddy, who is helping him in the search of the murderer. Only, Lenny carries a Polaroid picture of Teddy in his pocket that says 'Don't trust him'.

As you might already be guessing, the storyline of Memento can be slightly baffling at times. Christopher Nolan however manages to take all the intricate aspects of the movie and churn it into a gritty thriller. Despite the memory loss, Guy Pearce delivers a memorable performance, and Carrie-Anne Moss plays a powerful cameo. If you aren't careful enough, Memento is a movie that might go over your head. But, it's also a movie that has all the critiques going crazy (in a good way).

All in all Memento is a masterpiece, and its blasphemous not to have watched it.

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