Monday, 17 January 2011
Memento: How Suspense Is Created.
Memento is about a man who suffers from short-term memory loss and uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man he thinks killed his wife. This is classified as a psychological thriller. In a psychological thriller, The suspense is often created by two or more characters preying upon one another's minds, either by playing mind games with each other or by merely trying to demolish the other's mental state.
There are numerous scenes that show suspense in memento. One scene that shows suspense is when he questions who he is talking to on the phone. the use of sound helps to build the suspense. the music stops just before he asks who he is talking to. the music stopping grabs the attention of the audience and makes them think that something is happening or is going to happen in the plot.
another scene is at the beginning when the main character murders one of the other characters. having this happen at the beginning of the film builds suspense as it wouldn't really be suspected and it makes the audience want to watch on and question why the person was killed.
another way the film builds suspense is the way it is presented/shown. the film goes backwards in the events leading up to the killing we see at the beginning of the film. this builds suspense as it makes the audience eager to know more and makes them want to watch on.