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I don't remember of a car accident, and actually I don't think it fits with the plot. Lenard gets badly injured on the head during the burglary/rape (in his house), which causes his condition. This is actually important, because the last thing he remembers is this aggression (he says so himself), so it follows logically (to him) that his wife was killed ...


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You need keys. We need to help Teddy to find his keys! :-) Joke aside, you should give attention to what Teddy says directly before the linked video. Teddy: "So you lie to yourself to be happy." and later: Teddy: "Yeah I guess I can only make you remember the things you want to be true. Like Jimmy down there." Leonard: "He's not the right ...


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The effect of the order of sequences in the film is meant to display Leonard's inability to remember, showing what seems to be a mixed series of events out of order. It is also performed this way because it is a way for the viewer to sympathize and get involved with the story, trying to figure out what is going on as much as the main character is. It is ...


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Lenny is ostensibly suffering from a form of Anterograde amnesia, but as far as I'm aware this is never explicitly confirmed. Whether you believe that Lenny is Sammy Jankins, whether Sammy Jenkins actually exists or whether Lenny has projected aspects of his personal history onto Sammy is irrelevant: the important thing to take away from Lenny's stories is ...


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I think you have the events correct. Leonard was an insurance investigator not an agent, so he was already something of a detective, and the Sam Jenkins case was a real case but the man was faking it and his wife didn't die. Leonard was able to kill his wife by administering her insulin shots. My wife is a type 1 diabetic (where you inject insulin) so I can ...


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When Leonard's wife was raped, nobody believed Leonard that there were two people involved. One that Leonard beat down, and a second one: "John G". Leonard: There had to be a second man. It was from behind, I remember. It's about the last thing I do remember. But the police didn't believe me. Teddy, the cop that was working the case of his ...


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Leonard can not remember about his condition anytime. Even sometimes he forgets what he is doing right now. Remember the scenes when he is running because he is being chased or when he drinks the spitted beer. He just suddenly looses any clue why is he doing something in a time. After the accident, he said he can not store recent memories. But he can ...


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I am not sure, this is just a guess: The director might have decided to use this narrative structure in order to confuse the watcher. The main character suffers from a strange type of amnesia, that is why he can't remember the past. We, as watchers, are confronted with the same problem: we see the present, but have no idea of what events lead to this. I ...


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Ok abdelaziz, I' not sure if you've grasped the concept of Memento... As funny as your frantic panic is, I think I'd better explain.... The film is in reverse order, so the start is the end and vice-versa. Each 'segment' begins just before the preceding one. So although we see Teddy die at the start, he is actually dying at the end of the films ...


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I think the "I'VE DONE IT" tattoo is an important plot point and maybe even the climax of the movie. Its appearance is a sign Lenny realizes -- if only for a moment, before his next memory lapse -- that he has found a way to get some vengeance and also end his run of murders. Lenny has just written himself a note to get a tattoo of Teddy's license plate ...


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When he wakes up every morning, he doesn't remember that he has amnesia, and doesn't know that he can't form new memories. The "Remember Sammy Jankis" tattoo is a concise way of telling himself that he has the condition that Sammy Jankis claimed to have.


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We don't know for sure why Leonard takes Jimmy's clothes and his car after killing him. All definite facts the movie tells us about his motives, is Leonard's line when he does it: I'd rather be mistaken for a dead guy than a killer. There are a couple of reasonable theories: He wants to escape the guilt of being a murderer, so he takes over the ...


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If you notice carefully (I had to pause the DVD for this) - for a fraction of a second, there is a scene in which Sammy Jenkins is sitting in a chair and for just a fraction, he turns into Leonard. (see at 0:25) A more detailed explanation is here.


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It was a trigger to condition the false memory. It's true he remembered Sammy, but every time he looked at the tattoo, he wasn't remembering the real story. Sammy was actually a fraud, but the story that Leonard's tattoo was conditioning him to believe was that Sammy was telling the truth and that he killed his wife, when in reality that was Leonard's own ...


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Teddy's only interest is profit. Outside of some self-serving dialogue from the untrustworthy Teddy himself, nothing in the movie suggests Teddy was ever acting out of kindness. Instead, the movie shows Teddy trick Leonard into killing Jimmy because Teddy had stolen from Jimmy -- which is definitely not a way to "help" Leonard. Teddy is not a nice person ...


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I am afraid that I can't add more than what is already explained in IMDB FAQ: In some cases it is clear that Leonard is talking to the front desk (and at least one time it is Burt since Leonard says "Burt" as if the man on the phone indicated his name). The other times it is most likely Teddy; early in the film Leonard tells Burt to hold all his calls ...


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Leonard is Sammy Jenkis - or is he? That's the point. Much like the end of Inception - we never see the top stop spinning - so is Cobb still dreaming?


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While I haven't seen it for quite some time, I'm pretty confident to say, that it isn't ever revealed in the movie and the audience is just not supposed to know. The reason why Leonard has that tattoo saying "never answer the phone" is, that his desease doesn't work that well over the phone, since after some time he doesn't really know who he's talking to, ...


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When Natalie first meets Leonard, she does not even know that Jimmy is missing. Actually she mistakes Leonard for him and when she realizes that someone else is wearing her boyfriend's clothes and has his car, she knows something is not quite right. When Leonard enters Natalie's bar, she takes "revenge" on him by serving him the spit cup. She then realizes ...


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The ending (beginning) is that he realizes he is the killer and sets up Teddy for him to discover later. He did suffer the brain trauma, but could not forgive himself and creates a mystery for him to solve to absolve himself. It sounds like you "got" it, but maybe expect more. The story is fairly straight-forward. The story-telling is confusing and ...


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This is indeed quite a good question and I cannot do much more than recapitulate some speculative things you might have considered yourself already, but let's see. First of all to some degree Natalie serves as a distraction to prove that notes are in no way less treacherous than memories, by being presented as "good" while being revealed to be more and more ...


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It appears I was wrong. I read about Henry Molaison, and people with Anterograde amnesia can modify intact memories, as HM managed to do with polio and Jonas Salk. At some point Leonard would have read the police report, and in his agony decided to convince himself that it was Sammy who had done the man-slaughtering. He would've also somehow been able to ...


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We simply don't know. The trunk or the money don't appear in any of the (chronologically) later scenes. They only play an indirect role as Teddy's motivation to get the car from Leonard. There are only theories about the money's whereabouts. From imdb: What happened to the money in the trunk of the Jaguar? This question is never explicitly answered ...


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We never see "I've done it" tattoo before that scene. Its like a conflicted memory to me. I mean their is no time travel in the film and he doesn't have the tattoo in present of previous flashback. So new flashback with that tattoo seems to be effect of Teddy's conversation with him, which might made Leonard doubt his own life.


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Sammy Jenkins's incident happened before Leonard's Anterograde amnesia. In Anterograde amnesia, as you stated, old memories remains same. That's why he made “Remember Sammy Jenkins” tattoo, to remind himself of his condition.


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I'm so tired of people saying "he just gets it removed- simple as that" Have you ever seen the result of a removed tattoo?? It's not pretty, and it can take dozens of sessions to remove a tat, and even then there is almost always residual scarring or discoloration. We would definitely be able to tell if he had removed it. The whole reason Nolan uses ...


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That's just a day dream. I think he has it on his chest because he just looked at the photo of him pointing to his chest and Teddy just told him they already killed the second attacker (which that truth is up in the air). He is enjoying the momentary victory, revenge, before he forgets all that he has learned, which happens as soon as he sees the tattoo ...


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check out the 35:29 min of the film , while natalie was touching lenny's chest she asks : and what about here ? lenny answers : maybe its for when i find him you can clearly see a somewhat of a strange volume in his chest , note that it is in the exact place of his "i've done it" tatto and thats also the place where hes pointing out in that picture teddy ...


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All the tattoos listed by Mistu4u help Leonard in guiding himself to cope with his conditions. However even in this condition he never forgets daily chores like driving, eating, shaving etc. He is also able to use English language comfortably. Through his subconscious he knows about his condition too.



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