Memento Mori Movie Analysis

Good Essays
2.Narrative Structure The narrative structure is about the content of the story and the way it is being told. It consists of the story plot, cast, setting (location) and genre. (Chatman, 1978) Memento a noir psychological thriller film based on a short story "Memento Mori" written by Jonathan Nolan. Memento is a Latin word which means an object kept as a reminder of a person or event. The plot is the protagonist's physical journey whereas the story is the protagonist's emotional journey. (Alcorn, N.D) 2.1. Plot Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce), an insurance investigator who suffers from anterograde amnesia, which he is not able to make a new memory, resulting from an injury he got which associated with the murder of his wife (Jorja Fox). The last…show more content…
It is because of the fragment and non-linear structure it is told backward with scenes jumping back in fifteen-minute increments of the story time. The treatment of the movie stays the same until the end of the film, which meets the beginning of Leonard's story. Memento presented in two timelines. One in colour and one in black-and-white. The two timelines cross each other’s in the film. The sequence black-and-white shown chronologically and the colour sequence is shown in reverse order. Each scene of the colour sequence signifies fifteen minutes of story time, which is generally how long Leonard's memory lasts. The reverse order sequences scene makes up the main plot of Leonard's investigation to find the man who killed his wife. These segments were separated by shorter segments of black and white scenes chronological order that make up one sub-plot in which Leonard is continually talking on the phone to a mysterious cop. This sub-plot reveals the story of Sammy Jankis. Leonard uses Sammy as a crutch because he feels he handles his situation better than Sammy because he knew his condition before his accident. The two sequences "meet" at the end of the film producing one complete and cohesive
Get Access