Originally posted on Visual Fictions:
Wow!!! Just wow!!! Thinking about it, Memento is one of the most intelligent and unique films. The way it uses it’s story is so fully formed and there is a nice sense of full circle.
However when it ended “Wow” wasn’t my first reaction. It was more along the lines “Has it finished yet?” and was because I got bored. Yes it was brilliant and I don’t think there are many films like it, but I didn’t care. And I think I got bored for the same reason I think it so original: the story structure.
I think the story technique running through Memento creates a predictability about it. There was no doubt of how it was going to end.
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If you study how Memento uses non-linear structure compared to Once Upon a Time, I think you’ll see two different stages of development…
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