I want to start off by saying Remember Me was not what I expected. It was a dark, gritty, emotional film where Robert Pattinson actually gets to showcase his talents. Nothing at all against the Twilight films (after all I’ve seen all the movies and read all the books like the rest of the girls out of there), but those films don’t require the range of emotions that this film does. And Pattinson nails it.
The film tells the story of Tyler (Robert Pattinson), a New York college student, who is still suffering the loss of his brother. It’s clear that he doesn’t know how to deal, and that is causing all kinds of problems in his life. When he tries to break up a fight in an alley and the cops come – his attitude doesn’t mesh well with the cop’s – which ends up landing Tyler and his friend Aidan in jail. In an effort to seek revenge on the cop, Aidan suggests that Tyler ask out the cop’s daughter, Ally (Emilie de Ravin) who happens to go to school with them. Tyler isn’t looking for revenge though, and quickly finds himself falling hard for Ally – who has also been through some horrific events and tragic loss in her past. Together, they seem to find that they have the ability to be happy again despite their emotional baggage and less than desirable family situations. However the same events that brought them together, threaten to pull them apart.
When I say the film wasn’t what I expected, I especially mean the ending – which actually had me saying “omigod” when I realized what was happening. And I have to give it credit, because there’s only been about three movies I’ve seen in my entire life that have ever been able to keep an ending that hidden from me. I sincerely did not see it coming – and that made the emotional impact all the more. So I won’t say anything else on that topic – as I want you to be able to experience what I felt as well.
Some might say that the film is manipulative or ill-conceived – or write it off completely because Pattinson is attached to the Twilight films, but I don’t feel that’s a fair assessment. One thing is for sure, it is an unforgettable and haunting story. It’s not an overly happy film, but it is worth checking out as it will remind you the importance of treasuring ever day of one’s life.
As far as special features there is a behind-the-scenes featurette and then also audio commentary with Robert Pattinson and the director Allen Coulter.
Review By: Emma Loggins
Official Site: http://www.rememberme-movie.com/