I am very surprised to see no reviews or ratings yet for this edit, since it has been out for a few weeks. I think it may be for the fact that it was not a huge blockbuster and does not have the Star Wars crowd in mind? Ehh whatever the reason it pleases me to be the first
I found this to be rather awesome. The Memento like backwards chronological order added a whole other feeling and level to the actual film. The story still flows well. In essence it kind of gave me an overall impression as if David Lynch re-edited the film to his style of cinema.
The only minor whim I had was the transitions of the past with the present. Regular fade outs/ins were used for this and I think the fades went too quickly, so that for the brief nanosecond I was psychically removed from the film. Once the transition ended I was right back in again. Perhaps if longer, gradual (cross fade) fades were used it might have went a little smoother. Occasionally I would also see a slight shutter effect of movement. It happened roughly only twice in the film and no idea why since everything else was on key, and something most of everyone would not notice at all.
Not better than the original but awesome as an alterative viewing choice
I can’t add much more than what Tranzor said in his review: great fanedit with a little problem (for me) concerning most of the transitions.
They are well chosen but fade to black / fade in, both on video and sound did not look right most of the time.
But it does not detract much from the entertainment of this edit which I recommend to those who liked the original.
Side notes: I really liked to have the choice between english and french audio. (I watched the edit in french).Thanks for the extra work.
And… I never figured until today that the name of Pacino’s character (Dormer) is sounding the same as the french word for “sleeper” (dormeur)!
I had been hesitant to watch this fanedit as I love Insomnia - I’ve watched it probably as many times as I’ve watched Memento - and I didn’t think the Mementomix aspect of this edit would work. So I viewed as Stankpak intended, an alternate cut as a bonus on Disc 2. Doing so made me enjoy it more than if I viewed it as a theatrical film in its own right. The narrative is a mess and the non-chronological timeline doesn’t work, it could have worked but it felt slapped together. Others have mentioned editing flaws in the transitions and I dig that Memento had a lot of abrupt cutting and overuse of fades but some of the work here was sloppy.
All that being said I was still able to enjoy watching this. It made me think about the movie and analyze the little things more.