History Film / Memento

28th Apr '17 7:48:10 PM Josef5678
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* RewatchBonus: The film takes a whole new light when you watch it a second time around. Some of the characters' behavior, such as Natalie's initial attitude with Leonard, makes a lot more sense when you know the details.
28th Apr '17 7:45:26 PM Josef5678
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* SixIsNine: This kind of mix-up with the room numbers causes Lenny to bash a random motel resident in the face.



** When Leonard recalls his insurance investigation of the anterograde amnesiac Sammy Jenkins, he notices that Sammy shows signs of recognition when Lenny greets him, and sees it as proof that he's pulling a scam. After suffering brain damage himself he realizes that Sammy was faking ''recognition'', not the disability. He was trying to blend in and seem less helpless.

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** When Leonard recalls his insurance investigation of the anterograde amnesiac Sammy Jenkins, Jankis, he notices that Sammy shows signs of recognition when Lenny greets him, and sees it as proof that he's pulling a scam. After suffering brain damage himself he realizes that Sammy was faking ''recognition'', not the disability. He was trying to blend in and seem less helpless.



* EvidenceDungeon: The movie features a much more personal version of this in Leonard's tattoos. [[spoiler:' Almost all the evidence needed to indict him for multiple murders is tattooed on his body.]]
** Even worse, but seemingly more innocent: "Remember Sammy Jenkis." [[spoiler:This is Leonard's way of [[MemoryGambit using his own condition against himself]], to continue perpetuating the lie that is Sammy Jenkis as a existing person and that he's not a walking, talking Evidence Dungeon. By putting it on his hand, he ensures he'll look at it every so often.]]

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* EvidenceDungeon: EvidenceDungeon:
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The movie features a much more personal version of this in Leonard's tattoos. [[spoiler:' Almost [[spoiler:Almost all the evidence needed to indict him for multiple murders is tattooed on his body.]]
** Even worse, but seemingly more innocent: "Remember Sammy Jenkis.Jankis." [[spoiler:This is Leonard's way of [[MemoryGambit using his own condition against himself]], to continue perpetuating the lie that is Sammy Jenkis Jankis as a existing person and that he's not a walking, talking Evidence Dungeon. By putting it on his hand, he ensures he'll look at it every so often.]]



* {{Infodump}}: The phone calls in the black & white portion provide lots of {{Exposition}} about Lenny's and Sammy Jenkis' case.

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* {{Infodump}}: The phone calls in the black & white portion provide lots of {{Exposition}} about Lenny's and Sammy Jenkis' Jankis's case.



** Even worse, but seemingly more innocent: "Remember Sammy Jenkis." [[spoiler:This is Leonard's way of using his own condition against himself, to continue perpetuating the lie that is Sammy Jenkis as an existing person. By putting it on his hand, he ensures he'll look at it every so often.]]
* SelfServingMemory: Lenny's [[spoiler: false memories of Sammy Jenkins's condition and his wife's diabetes]] can be regarded as this.

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** Even worse, but seemingly more innocent: "Remember Sammy Jenkis.Jankis." [[spoiler:This is Leonard's way of using his own condition against himself, to continue perpetuating the lie that is Sammy Jenkis Jankis as an existing person. By putting it on his hand, he ensures he'll look at it every so often.]]
* SelfServingMemory: Lenny's [[spoiler: false [[spoiler:false memories of Sammy Jenkins's Jankis's condition and his wife's diabetes]] can be regarded as this.



* SixIsNine: This kind of mix-up with the room numbers causes Lenny to bash a random motel resident in the face.



* TheyDiedBecauseOfYou: Leonard eventually finds out from Teddy that [[spoiler:Leonard's wife was a diabetic and that the story he made up about "Sammy Jenkis" killing his wife by giving her too much insulin was actually a self-protecting projection of what he did.]]

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* TheyDiedBecauseOfYou: Leonard eventually finds out from Teddy that [[spoiler:Leonard's wife was a diabetic and that the story he made up about "Sammy Jenkis" Jankis" killing his wife by giving her too much insulin was actually a self-protecting projection of what he did.]]
28th Apr '17 2:18:07 PM AdelePotter
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* SerialKiller: [[spoiler:Leonard Shelby. And thanks to his condition, he has ''no idea''.]]
20th Feb '17 2:09:36 PM Mdumas43073
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14th Feb '17 2:14:01 PM AdelePotter
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* ExtremelyShortTimespan: About two days, if you don't count the flashbacks to Sammy's story.
27th Jul '16 6:02:28 AM morenohijazo
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* MonochromeToColor: The film has two narrative threads, one running BackToFront in color, the other in chronological order and black and white. When the two meet near the end of the film, it switches from black and white to color over a shot of a Polaroid developing.
20th Mar '16 3:20:11 PM Aiguille
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* InMediaRes: The film basically starts over In Medias Res ''every three minutes''. The main character can't form new memories, and so the entire story takes place backwards so that the audience has the same kind of experience that the main character does.

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* InMediaRes: InMediasRes: The film basically starts over In Medias Res ''every three minutes''. The main character can't form new memories, and so the entire story takes place backwards so that the audience has the same kind of experience that the main character does.
29th Feb '16 6:28:31 PM Wuz
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* TreacherousAdvisor: [[spoiler:Teddy Gammel]]. Complicated because his intentions aren't purely evil. While he's manipulating Lenny for his own purposes, [[spoiler:he also does it to help Lenny function in daily life, and Lenny is also manipulating ''himself'' into killing innocent people just so he has a purpose in life. Teddy is a smug and greedy enabler, while Lenny is a willing serial killer... and tragically doesn't even remember it.]]

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* TreacherousAdvisor: [[spoiler:Teddy Gammel]].[[spoiler:Teddy, a.k.a. John Gammell]]. Complicated because his intentions aren't purely evil. While he's manipulating Lenny for his own purposes, [[spoiler:he also does it to help Lenny function in daily life, and Lenny is also manipulating ''himself'' into killing innocent people just so he has a purpose in life. Teddy is a smug and greedy enabler, while Lenny is a willing serial killer... and tragically doesn't even remember it.]]
17th Feb '16 10:08:34 AM eroock
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* CountryMatters: That's how Natalie finally gets Leonard to snap [[WouldHitAGirl and punch her]].

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* CountryMatters: That's how Natalie finally gets Leonard to snap [[RageBreakingPoint snap]] and [[WouldHitAGirl and punch her]].



* WouldHitAGirl: Lenny, although it took Natalie [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech some]] [[CountryMatters effort]] to get him reach his RageBreakingPoint.



14th Feb '16 4:20:06 PM eroock
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* VictoryGuidedAmnesia: A variation is used, but only because the main character suffers from short-term memory loss.
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