REMEMBER ME is somewhere between a drama about family relationships and a love story between two people that have both dealt with the loss of a loved one. I love family dramas but unfortunately the film deals far heavier on the love story, which offers nothing new whatsoever.
Tyler (Robert Pattinson) is a college student in New York City. He has a very close relationship with his little sister and a not so close relationship with his successful workaholic father (Pierce Brosnan). The family has dealt with some hardships and tragedy. Tyler can’t stop being angry with his father and others, including a cop he mouths off to, who promptly smacks him around and puts him in jail. His roommate suggests he gets back at the cop (Chris Cooper) by dating his daughter Ally (Emilie de Ravin from LOST). Ally and her father have dealt with their own tragedy and that commonality between Tyler and Ally helps what began as a “bet” relationship turn into a much deeper love. Yada yada yada, they have to deal with all those hurt feelings among each other and their families.
Most of the scenes are either worthless or feel extremely forced with contrived dialogue so characters may say a specific line or be introduced to each other. Tyler’s roommate, for instance, is only there to serve Tyler. He doesn’t seem to have anything of his own value, in life or conversation. Sometimes it felt as if the filmmakers needed a certain action to take place so they quickly wrote up some needless dialogue for an excuse to get two people in a room together. It also worked in reverse, where they felt they had this gem of a line so they get the characters together so it can be said. As is Ally, explaining on the first date that she eats desert first because she doesn’t see the point in waiting. The scene can end now because that line defines them all. The film basically consisted of scenes strung together to form an ultra long movie trailer.
Let’s get to the topic I’m sure all who are even clicking on this review care about and that’s the acting brooding good looks of Robert Pattinson. He is the sole reason this movie will make any money and it has nothing to do with talent. I actually do find him a bit likable but he has a scene that is atrociously bad. It takes place in his father’s office screaming with all his anger and sadness on display for his father’s entire meeting to witness. I honestly thought it was funny. Now to be fair, Bob Patty was at the mercy of the screenwriter, so it’s still too early to say what his career may hold. I still think his best work is as Cedric Diggory in HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE but I have yet to behold his glory in the sequel THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON. Overall, I would say the actors were fair considering the material they were working with. Pierce Brosnan was definitely the standout and contributing factor of what I liked about the film, which was the sub plot of Tyler’s family dynamics between him, his father, his little sister and even his mother and her current husband. Their story was never explored enough nor was Ally and her fathers. Their problems all wrapped up without any real reason.
The idea of REMEMBER ME has potential but unfortunately, it falls into generic story telling traps with unresolved and limited character evolution. I was irritated and bored at all the clichés and screenwriting 101 that I witnessed throughout this film. However, for some reason by the end, I felt my emotions start to peek through. But it didn’t take me long to realize that the film was preying upon a natural human response just by referring to a topic near to many of us rather than earning the emotion.