Thursday, February 3, 2011

Short Story Review: Memento Mori by Jonathan Nolan

Memento Mori by Jonathan Nolan
(the short story the movie Memento is based on)

So, I stayed up last night to order the Iphone for Verizon at like 3AM. And I watched the movie Memento (amazing movie). On the DVD, there's a short story that the director's brother wrote. This is what he essentially based the entire movie on.

It's about 30 pages and you can find it here:
http://www.impulsenine.com/homepage/pages/shortstories/memento_mori.htm#11

Earl suffers from a rare from of amnesia (anterogade amnesia) where he can't make any new memories. This happened after the tragic murder of his wife. He wakes up every morning not knowing where he is and wondering where his wife is. He finds little notes that are written by him to him encouraging him to track down the killer.

After watching the movie, it was really cool to see where the idea came from. I really felt as though I could fall into a book written in the rough and raw style that this short story was written in. One of my favorite and chilling quotes that I read in the story was from one of the last letters Earl wrote to himself:

"What if the final joke of Judgment Day was that it had already come and gone and we were none the wiser?..the chosen are herded off to heaven and the rest of us...just keep on going, oblivious. Dead already, wandering around long after the gods have stopped keeping score, still optimistic about the future"

There's not much to say about this story without giving away spoilers. So if you like suspense thrillers, check this one out, and also the movie!!




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