Friday, 14 January 2011

How is suspense created in Momento?

momento Pictures, Images and Photos

One of the first films we studied was Momento, a psychological thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan. A memory inside a memory, Memento is a complicated head spinning adventure. It stars Guy Pearce as Leonard Shelby, a former insurance fraud investigator searching for the man he believes raped and killed his wife during a burglary. To cope with his condition, he maintains a system of notes, photographs, and tattoos to record information about himself and others, including his wife's killer. I found this films tecniques interesting as it uses black and white film when focusing on a flash back and colour when focusing on the present day. Suspense slowly builds up through the quick editting and snap shots, as they create shock and mystery, unfolding the past making the story clearer to the audience.

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