History Film / Memento

22nd Aug '17 3:31:18 PM Godzillawolf
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* AmbiguouslyEvil: While Teddy is introduced as a villain, it gradually becomes clear that he is probably Leonard's only real friend, who is nevertheless manipulating him for his own ends. At the end he claims that [[spoiler:he helped Lenny get revenge on the original John G and has been trying to help Leonard cope with his amnesia.]] Even then we don't find out whether he's telling the truth or not, leaving Teddy's true motives ambiguous.

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* AmbiguouslyEvil: While Teddy is introduced as a villain, it gradually becomes clear that he is probably Leonard's only real friend, who is nevertheless manipulating him for his own ends. At the end he claims that [[spoiler:he helped Lenny get revenge on the original John G and has been trying to help Leonard cope with his amnesia.]] Even then we don't find out whether he's telling the truth or not, leaving Teddy's true motives ambiguous. In fact, the same can be applied to [[spoiler:Leonard, as it's unclear how much he's doing of his own accord and how much is manipulation by Teddy and others, as not even he knows.]]
12th Aug '17 9:36:44 PM DoctorCooper
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* EvilAllAlong: [[spoiler:Lenny]] is ''NOT'' a sympathetic figure. [[spoiler:Despite his mental problem he has managed to embrace a serial killer figure]].
29th Jun '17 10:36:35 PM stuffedninja
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* VerbThis: When Sammy does the experiment with the electrified objects and gets agitated when he is shocked, the guy conducting the experiment tells him that Sammy's only being tested, to which Sammy responds by [[FlippingTheBird flipping him off]] and saying "Test this, you fucking quack."
22nd Jun '17 8:22:26 AM EraserheadBayB
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* IRejectYourReality: [[spoiler: Pretty much Leonard's MO for how he ended up as an oblivious SerialKiller. Instead of accepting and being reminded of how his wife really died, Leonard purposely sets up a never ending revenge quest to alleviate his guilt. This is especially prevalent in the final (technically first) scene where in his fleeting moment of clarity when he realizes everything he's done, Leonard still chooses to exploit his own condition and deliberately put false clues to fuel his empty crusade rather than tattooing the truth onto himself.]]
19th Jun '17 8:59:54 AM CosmicFerret
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* MetaCasting: The film required a SmugSnake type character for the antagonist, so they hired Joe Pantoliano, whose career is virtually nothing but. [[spoiler: Except, of course, that his character is innocent of the crime he's killed for in the film's opening. The role relies heavily on his typecasting to make the audience assume he's the bad guy, when he's the closest thing the protagonist has to a real friend. Virtually anyone but a typecast actor would have given the audience room to doubt.]]

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* MetaCasting: The film required a SmugSnake type character for the antagonist, so they hired Joe Pantoliano, Creator/JoePantoliano, whose career is virtually nothing but. [[spoiler: Except, of course, that his character is innocent of the crime he's killed for in the film's opening. The role relies heavily on his typecasting to make the audience assume he's the bad guy, when he's the closest thing the protagonist has to a real friend. Virtually anyone but a typecast actor would have given the audience room to doubt.]]
29th May '17 12:14:40 AM Confusedmoth
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* IrrevocableMessage: Lenny sends himself messages which--5 seconds later--are too late to take back, because he won't remember why he wrote them (and believes his own handwriting implicitly). This drives the plot of the color portion of the movie, where he [[spoiler:convinces himself to tattoo Teddy's license number on his thigh]]. Then again, he actually does mean what he's writing when he writes it - but given his condition, he's a new person every 15 minutes, constantly having to contend with whatever the "previous" person had in mind.

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* IrrevocableMessage: Lenny sends himself messages which--5 seconds later--are too late to take back, because he won't remember why he wrote them (and believes his own handwriting implicitly). This drives the plot of the color portion of the movie, where he [[spoiler:convinces himself to tattoo Teddy's license number on his thigh]]. Then again, he actually does mean what he's writing when he writes it - but it--but given his condition, he's a new person every 15 minutes, constantly having to contend with whatever the "previous" person had in mind.



** "Don't believe his lies. [[spoiler:'''He is the one - KILL HIM!''']]"

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** "Don't believe his lies. [[spoiler:'''He is the one - KILL one--KILL HIM!''']]"



* SpellMyNameWithABlank: Leonard Shelby's much sought after nemesis, John G_____. [[spoiler:It's later revealed that John G. doesn't really exist, as Leonard edited the police files that Teddy gave him to make the name so generic that it could apply to thousands of unrelated people.]]

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* SpellMyNameWithABlank: Leonard Shelby's much sought after nemesis, John G_____. [[spoiler:It's later revealed that John G. G doesn't really exist, as Leonard edited the police files that Teddy gave him to make the name so generic that it could apply to thousands of unrelated people.]]
28th May '17 11:58:05 PM Confusedmoth
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* AbsenceOfEvidence: [[spoiler:Leonard destroyed several documents, before the beginning of the film, which indicated that his wife's attacker had already been found and brought to justice. Furthermore, after Teddy shows him the photo he took of Leonard once the deed was done, he burns both it, AND the new photo he just took of the killed "John G.", to continue to delude himself into thinking his wife's killer was still at large.]]

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* AbsenceOfEvidence: [[spoiler:Leonard destroyed several documents, before the beginning of the film, which indicated that his wife's attacker had already been found and brought to justice. Furthermore, after Teddy shows him the photo he took of Leonard once the deed was done, he burns both it, AND the new photo he just took of the killed "John G.", G", to continue to delude himself into thinking his wife's killer was still at large.]]



* AmbiguouslyEvil: While Teddy is introduced as a villain, it gradually becomes clear that he is probably Leonard's only real friend, who is nevertheless manipulating him for his own ends. At the end he claims that [[spoiler:he helped Lenny get revenge on the original John G. and has been trying to help Leonard cope with his amnesia.]] Even then we don't find out whether he's telling the truth or not, leaving Teddy's true motives ambiguous.

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* AmbiguouslyEvil: While Teddy is introduced as a villain, it gradually becomes clear that he is probably Leonard's only real friend, who is nevertheless manipulating him for his own ends. At the end he claims that [[spoiler:he helped Lenny get revenge on the original John G. G and has been trying to help Leonard cope with his amnesia.]] Even then we don't find out whether he's telling the truth or not, leaving Teddy's true motives ambiguous.



* CriminalAmnesiac: Deconstructed. Several people try to use Leonard Shelby's anterograde amnesia by setting their enemies up to look like John G., the man whom Leonard is planning to kill for raping and murdering his late wife. [[spoiler:At the end it's revealed that Leonard has been playing himself as well by killing fake John G.'s to give himself purpose in life.]]

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* CriminalAmnesiac: Deconstructed. Several people try to use Leonard Shelby's anterograde amnesia by setting their enemies up to look like John G., G, the man whom Leonard is planning to kill for raping and murdering his late wife. [[spoiler:At the end it's revealed that Leonard has been playing himself as well by killing fake John G.'s Gs to give himself purpose in life.]]



* DirtyCop: Teddy claims to be an undercover cop, but he's not above facilitating vigilante justice by helping Leonard find John G. (who killed Leonard's wife), and uses Lenny to murder people for profit.

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* DirtyCop: Teddy claims to be an undercover cop, but he's not above facilitating vigilante justice by helping Leonard find John G. G (who killed Leonard's wife), and uses Lenny to murder people for profit.



* TheEndingChangesEverything: Characters are always lying to Lenny and the big reveal at the end ([[spoiler:Lenny has killed multiple people by the name of John G. and he confused his own story with that of Sammy Jankis]]) is left vague on whether or not it is the truth or just a time stalling story.

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* TheEndingChangesEverything: Characters are always lying to Lenny and the big reveal at the end ([[spoiler:Lenny has killed multiple people by the name of John G. G and he confused his own story with that of Sammy Jankis]]) is left vague on whether or not it is the truth or just a time stalling story.



** Even worse, but seemingly more innocent: "Remember Sammy Jankis." [[spoiler:This is Leonard's way of [[MemoryGambit using his own condition against himself]], to continue perpetuating the lie that is Sammy 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.]]

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** Even worse, but seemingly more innocent: "Remember Sammy Jankis." [[spoiler:This is Leonard's way of [[MemoryGambit using his own condition against himself]], to continue perpetuating the lie that is Sammy Jankis as a an 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.]]



* IrrevocableMessage: Lenny sends himself messages which --5 seconds later-- are too late to take back, because he won't remember why he wrote them (and believes his own handwriting implicitly). This drives the plot of the color portion of the movie, where he [[spoiler:convinces himself to tattoo Teddy's license number on his thigh]]. Then again, he actually does mean what he's writing when he writes it - but given his condition, he's a new person every 15 minutes, constantly having to contend with whatever the "previous" person had in mind.

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* IrrevocableMessage: Lenny sends himself messages which --5 which--5 seconds later-- are later--are too late to take back, because he won't remember why he wrote them (and believes his own handwriting implicitly). This drives the plot of the color portion of the movie, where he [[spoiler:convinces himself to tattoo Teddy's license number on his thigh]]. Then again, he actually does mean what he's writing when he writes it - but given his condition, he's a new person every 15 minutes, constantly having to contend with whatever the "previous" person had in mind.
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''.]]
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