4 December 2017

Remember Me

Remember Me 2010
  • Director: Allen Coulter
  • Based on the book: no
  • Cast: Robert Pattinson, Emelie de Ravin, Chris Cooper, Lena Olin, Pierce Brosnan, Ruby Jerins, Tate Ellington, Martha Plimpton
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Robert Pattinson – Twilight, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    • Emelie da Ravin – Public Enemies, Roswell
    • Chris Cooper – August Osage County, The Tempest, My House in Umbria, The Bourne Identity, American Beauty, Matewan
    • Lena Olin – The Reader, The United States of Leland, Chocolat, The Ninth Gate, Romeo Is Bleeding, Picassos äventyr
    • Pierce Brosnan – A Long Way Down, The Love Punch, The World’s End, The Ghost Writer, Mamma Mia, Seraphim Falls, Die Another Day, The World Is Not Enough, Tomorrow Never Dies, Mars Attacks, Golden Eye
    • Ruby Jerins – Nurse Jackie, Shutter Island
    • Tate Ellington – The Big Bang Theory, The Invention of Lying
    • Martha Plimpton – Fringe, Beautiful Girls, I Shot Andy Warhol, Stanley & Iris, Stars and Bars, The Mosquito Coast
  • Why? I honestly don’t remember. It was probably cheap.
  • Seen: 1 December 2017      

       In 1991 a woman is shot by muggers in the NY subway. Her small daughter witnesses it.
       Ten years later a family gathers for a memorial - heavy smoker/drinker Tyler (Pattinson), anxious fussing mother (Olin), rich nasty ex-husband/dad (Brosnan), 11-year-old Caroline.
       Tyler is a student and poet and a brooder. His friend entices him out for a night of bars and girls. Tyler is involved in a brawl and is arrested by the cop (Cooper) who happens to be the husband of the murdered woman and father to the girl, Ally (de Ravin) who is now in one of Tyler’s University classes.
       It’s kind of complicated. The question is – is it interesting? As I write this it seems pretentious and a bit obnoxious – bad boy poor little rich boy and vulgar sexist roommate. Followed by the somewhat predictable romance between Tyler and Ally. They both have their ghosts, she her murdered mother, he his suicide-committing brother.
       It’s not as good as it thinks it is but it’s not too bad. I’m not a fan of Twilight but Cedric was cool and tragic. In this role Pattinson is OK-ish, de Ravin is OK+ and little sister Jerins is appealing. Olin is criminally wasted in this nothing role; Cooper and Brosnan do well with what they’re given.
       It does get a bit dramatic in the second half but oh, spare me these boring fist fights that directors insist upon!  It goes on too long and then the ending is totally unexpected and doesn’t work at all. It cost the rating half a star.

2 * of 5   

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