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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

"Remember Me", an unforgettably disastrous film

Remember Me

Sometimes reviewing a film shouldn't take long. In five words: "Remember Me" is a disaster. As a person who works with human rights daily, I defend that no one, with independence of his/her crimes, should be punished watching this. I have many arguments to justify my "thesis".

"Remember Me" fails in every category you can imagine. First and foremost, the script. From the very beginning when Tyler Hawkins (Robert Pattinson, also executive producer of the film) meets Ally (Lost' actress Emilie de Ravin) the movie is just a blatant collection of clichés and nonsense that results in an obvious and very serious problem of balance and condemns the characters to an erratic and incoherent behaviour. There are some one-liners that go directly to the "twilight zone" category. Here's my top three: 1.At a very fancy restaurant, where the couple have lunch with Tyler's father (Pierce Brosnan), said by Ally regarding her mother's death; 2. Ally again, at their first proper date, about why she orders ice-cream first; and 3. A very profound dialogue (Pattinson with that permanent appalled infinite-looking pose) between the two lovers that goes like this (Tyler): "I'm undecided". (Ally) “About what?".(Tyler) "Everything". Honestly, what the hell was (Will Fetters) the writer thinking? And it goes worse, much worse, at the end.

As a direct consequence of that, the acting is weak, with specially huge question marks on the starring couple: it is just the script or Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin are such bad actors? I incline myself for the first option, but seeing the "vampire" move from pose to pose is annoying (sorry Rob, you're not precisely James Dean) makes me doubt. It is not a problem of leading characters. Pierce Brosnan is a corporate-ceo caricature and even a very good actor like Chris Cooper looks pretty silly on his role.

Oh wait! Maybe it is not the script or/and the acting. Maybe is just the editing process of the film what fails, because you'll have the feeling, regularly, that scenes are brutally sequenced, disconnected. That makes the film rythm awkward and its development highly uncredible. Everything looks artificial, constructed, so there's zero emotional impact as a result. And considering the heavy subjects of this romantic drama, death, romance, family relations, bullying, divorce, disconnection with the world, and particularly the way it ends, that's an unforgivable mistake.

And finally, did I mention the end is bad? Sorry to insist, but it is. Atrociously bad. No matter what they say, it's an unnecessary twist. Worse, it's a tricky twist, one that wants to be compelling using a real tragedy.

My obvious recommendation, and taking advantage of director's Allen's Coulter ("The Sopranos", "Boardwalk Empire", "Hollywoodland") too evident message with this film, let's live the (precious) moment. Choose something else to do instead of watching this.

SCORE: 1,25/10

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