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    Subject: Re: Some continutiy issues
    Date: Jun 17, 2002
    Sender: Tashtigo707Previous | Next

    Legitimate issues all. Most of those bothered me upon my first viewing as well, but I was able to dismiss them then, given films confusing chronological structure, as things that would no doubt be explained later. They never are, and the more scrutiny one applies to the film the more one gets the sinking feeling that they are simply flaws the director hoped to bury in the films baffling, flip-flop chronology. Even after my FIRST viewing, the two BIGGEST things that bothered me (and still do) were:

    1. Why does Leonard put on Jimmys clothes and steal his car? There is no logical reason in the world for him to do this, and no satisfactory (or even unsatisfactory) explanation is given. It might not bother me so much except that so much of what follows (chronologically) afterwards hinges on him having done this.

    2. For Leonard to have fabricated a story about some guy with his same memory disorder to whom he denied an insurance claim and upon whom to project his own story in order to allay his guilt over his wife WOULD REQUIRE HIM TO HAVE MEMORY OF EVENTS AFTER HIS INJURY. A truly unforgivable inconsistency, especially when you look at all the supplementary material on the DVD and website that would have you believe this interpretation of the story.

    3. A third one: why would Leonard concoct such an elaborate and risky scheme to get his revenge on Teddy? Why not just kill him outright out of anger for having been manipulated? Because then hed miss out on the delicious irony? That strikes me as kind of stupid.

    Salon.com nails this one. However, if you do as Salon suggests (view the movie entirely in correct chronological sequence, starting with the B&W scenes then the color ones in reverse order), I think youll find (perhaps much to your disappointment) that although certain things finally make more sense, the overall story does not hold up logically. This was a rare case where repeated viewings actually made me like the movie LESS.


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    Re: Some continutiy issues

    I just watched this for the second time and didn't realize this until after you mentioned it but ... yes, I realize it too. He took the picture in a *color* frame (going backwards) but yet had it in his pocket in the warehouse shot (where black & white turns to color).

    Other questions I have (other than the ones already addressed on the salon.com site):

    Remembers what the chart on the wall is for immediately goes to it and posts pictures up (scene after he goes back into diner and picks up stuff Natalie left for him that he forgot)

    Remembers hotel clerks name is Burt in the scene where he forgot his key and Burt tells him hes been ripping him off

    Remembers that he didnt kill Dodd when he arrives at Natalies and asked who the fuck is Dodd? It has certainly been more than 15 minutes.

    Remembers she has lost somebody; writes it down a long time later (after being in bed with her and she is almost asleep)

    Why is he in a hotel room and not in his house?

    Doesnt remember it is his truck at the scene where he kills Teddy? Did he buy it before his wifes death? Why doesnt he remember that its his?

    Knows its not his room when Dodd is in the closet how??

    Dodd is peeing in the bathroom when Leonard is in the shower doesnt notice the shower is running and there are clothes on the floor??!!??

    Knows the guy chasing him is Dodd as soon as he sees the note in his pocket how does he know that immediately?

    Seems to remember the Jag is his car even though he doesnt look at the picture

    Remembers who the escort is even though he is sleeping when she slams the door to the bathroom doesnt ask her who she is; just asks her to leave

    How does he remember to make tattoos of the new facts?

    Remembers what room # he is in when he calls the front desk to tell them hes not taking any calls (b&w) doesnt look at the key

    Gun he uses in the color flashback of where his wife is being raped is identical to the one he steals from Dodd

    WHERE did he get the name John G?

    Teddy shows him the photo of him bare-chested and naked at the warehouse where he kills Jimmy he gave it to Leonard under the door in an envelope marked take my call in the b&w scene in the Jimmy scene Lenny has it and doesnt hand it to Teddy

    Jimmy knows about Leonard and tells him about him knows hes staying at the Discount- how?

    When Lenny walks into the office (b&w scene) calls him Officer Gammil could be less than 15 minutes

    How does Jimmy know Leonard?

    Why does Leonard want Jimmy to strip before he kills him?

    Jimmy (dead) says Sammy why?

    Why does Teddy check Jimmys shoes for fit?

    Does anyone have answers to these? If so please email me at melissabussey@alliantfs.com.

    Thanks!!

    :-) Mel









    Comment index:

  • Memento   from Craig, Apr 6, 2001
  • ACDG-C   from James Drummond, Jun 29, 2001
  • [no subject]   from , Sep 1, 2001
  • BIG bravo   from Chris, Oct 6, 2001
  • Re: [no subject]   from Rob, May 29, 2002
  • Memento Rave   from John Jackson, Dec 3, 2001
  • memento   from moona, Dec 18, 2001
  • Some questions   from Nico, Jan 13, 2002
  • Re: Some questions   from moses, Feb 9, 2002
  • Re: Some questions   from Kevin, May 26, 2002
  • Re: Some questions   from Rob, May 29, 2002
  • Re: Some questions   from Nick, Mar 25, 2004
  • Memento revealed   from vinny, Jan 21, 2002
  • Some continutiy issues   from TC, Feb 12, 2002
  • Re: Some continutiy issues   from Mel, May 29, 2002
  • » Re: Some continutiy issues «   from Tashtigo707, Jun 17, 2002
  • Re: Some continutiy issues   from Joshua, Jun 17, 2002
  • Re: Some continutiy issues   from Eric, Feb 21, 2012
  • The real thing   from Sandee Rager, Mar 8, 2002
  • Jorja Fox   from Kala, Oct 14, 2003
  • Re: Jorja Fox   from Bruce, Oct 16, 2003
  • Re: Jorja Fox   from , Nov 21, 2003
  • Jorja Fox!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   from Maza, Apr 30, 2004
  • Memento   from Craig, Apr 6, 2001
  • ACDG-C   from James Drummond, Jun 29, 2001
  • [no subject]   from , Sep 1, 2001
  • BIG bravo   from Chris, Oct 6, 2001
  • Re: [no subject]   from Rob, May 29, 2002
  • Memento Rave   from John Jackson, Dec 3, 2001
  • memento   from moona, Dec 18, 2001
  • Some questions   from Nico, Jan 13, 2002
  • Re: Some questions   from moses, Feb 9, 2002
  • Re: Some questions   from Kevin, May 26, 2002
  • Re: Some questions   from Rob, May 29, 2002
  • Re: Some questions   from Nick, Mar 25, 2004
  • Memento revealed   from vinny, Jan 21, 2002
  • Some continutiy issues   from TC, Feb 12, 2002
  • Re: Some continutiy issues   from Mel, May 29, 2002
  • » Re: Some continutiy issues «   from Tashtigo707, Jun 17, 2002
  • Re: Some continutiy issues   from Joshua, Jun 17, 2002
  • Re: Some continutiy issues   from Eric, Feb 21, 2012
  • The real thing   from Sandee Rager, Mar 8, 2002
  • Jorja Fox   from Kala, Oct 14, 2003
  • Re: Jorja Fox   from Bruce, Oct 16, 2003
  • Re: Jorja Fox   from , Nov 21, 2003
  • Jorja Fox!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   from Maza, Apr 30, 2004