When did this film come out at the movies? It completely passed me by until the local video store started plastering the DVD promotion poster on their window recently. For this reason I was really curious about this film – after watching the DVD however I can understand why it didn’t go anywhere at the cinemas.
The story is meant to centre on the intense and new relationship between Tyler (played by Robert Pattinson and possibly the reason most women have watched this movie) and Ally (Emilie de Ravin or the Aussie girl from TV’s Lost). Both have experienced family tragedy which they are coping with in very different ways: Tyler by self-destructing and Ally by seising every moment.
Despite the cover synopsis I think that the heart of the film is in the relationship between Tyler and his younger sister, Caroline (Ruby Jerins). The major plot elements are driven by events that occur in Caroline’s life and the way the Hawkin’s family, especially Tyler and his father (Pierce Brosnan), respond.
Ally isn’t necessary to most of that plot. Her father, who is put into the story very heavily, is also unnecessary and his actions seem unrealistic and yet like a thousand movie dads/cops we have seen before. I would have liked to see much less of the Tyler/Ally romance and much more of the Hawkin’s family in general – Jerins is charming as Caroline and I found myself caring for her a great deal. Pierce Brosnan had an interesting and complex character to portray and Mr Hawkin’s could have been further engaged with on-screen.
The movie plods and broods along for most of its 113 minutes and then suddenly twists in the last five. I realise now that I should have seen it coming – there are continuous subtle references to an important aspect of the setting – but I really didn’t imagine the movie would go where it did (I know I sound cryptic but it’s impossible to talk about the twist without spoiling it). It was strangely satisfying – action at last! – but also a somewhat corny and functional ending which many viewers may even feel is exploitative.
So, does this DVD come recommended? I’m not really sure and that is the biggest problem with Remember Me. It’s not a bad film, it’s just hard to know whether you really enjoyed it.
Reviewed by: Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod
Starring: Robert Pattinson, Emilie De Ravin, Pierce Brosnan
Director: Allen Coulter
Running time: 113 minutes
Genre: Romantic Drama.