There appears to be a sizable cult following for this film, and rightly so, as I consider it to be one of the best, arguably THE best, films of its genre ever made. I teach college classes part-time (I am a retired professor) and show clips from Memento to demonstrate several key topics in Behavioral Neuroscience. Each time I show these clips in an undergraduate class, I have a number of students who approach me afterwards because they want to talk about the movie itself. What I have discovered from these conversations is that, even though the film has many diehard cult followers, very few of them appear to have completely unwrapped its intricate plot line. I am going to try to do that here, but the topic is too complex to accomplish in one posting, so this is merely the first of several to follow by me on this topic. As in reading Proust, you may have to be patient for many pages of reading before finally getting to what was initially laid out as the topic at hand. Being a retired professor, I can not help myself. I am going to drone on and on and on about this topic that interests me immensely, even if it bores you to tears, or even if there is no one remaining in the lecture hall at the end of the lecture except me. However, this does not have to be a monologue, so I invite everyone with interests in this film to post your own thoughts and comments here as well.
Just for the Record, I rate Memento as 5 out of 5 stars.
To read my first posting on this topic, go to Discussion of Memento, Part 1.