Movie Review: Remember Me (or can Robert Pattinson really act?)

Disclaimer:  I am a Twihard, BUT I was totally ready to bring the hate to this movie.  I was ready for Robert Pattinson to bring his meager acting skills to this movie.  I did not like the trailer for this movie.  Now read the review for this movie.  Thanks, Sarah

Remember Me is a movie mostly focused on a 21/22 year old guy named Tyler Hawkins (Robert Pattinson).  Ally Craig (Emilie de Ravin) is the love interest, but you also get some back story to her, so I would also consider her a focus of the movie.    Tyler meets Ally after she is found to be the daughter of a police officer (Chris Cooper) that roughed Tyler up after a brawl for which he is arrested.  He strikes up a conversation with her on a bet.  However, Tyler really comes to like Ally, aside from that bet.  Both Tyler and Ally have had something traumatic happen to them when they were younger, and that seems to be the glue that holds them together.  They both also have somewhat messed up family situations.  Tyler’s father, Charles Hawkins (Pierce Brosnan), is the absentee parent who is a successful lawyer with plenty of money, but he really is not there for his children.  He thinks that being a father is just providing the money to make sure his children have the best.  Ally’s father, Neil Craig, is an overprotective police officer who has his daughter still living at home and on a short leash.

This was a pretty decent flick.  I am a fan of romantic dramas, and this one definitely was that.  It is a complex movie with little bits of drama and comedy here and there.  This is Robert Pattinson’s first post-Twilight effort, and he does okay.  There were scenes where he lacked the emotion or depth of more tenured actors and he seemed awkward in some.  When he was in scenes with Chris Cooper and Pierce Brosnan, it was obvious that he still has some things to learn.  My friend described him perfectly in this movie, a brooding romantic guy who is now mortal instead immortal.  Having only seen her in Lost, Emilie de Ravin I thought did really well in her portrayal of Ally.  Hopefully, we will see more of her on screen after Lost has rapped.

Surprisingly, the best parts of this movie came from two actors no one has ever heard of before.  Tate Ellington plays Aidan Hall, Tyler’s roommate and friend.  He provided much of the comic relief for this movie with little one liners or him just mumbling in bed as Tyler walks by.  He played the college druggie/drunk who is always on the look out for the girl to hook up with.  Tyler’s little sister Caroline is played by Ruby Jerins who people might recognize from Nurse Jackie.  She was absolutely brilliant.  Any scene she was in with Pattinson she quickly stole from him.  She got to play out some familiar feelings that an odd girl in a rich girls’ school would have and one that only wants to be loved by her father.

There were some little things in Remember Me that I would like to mention.  Martha Plimpton (The Goonies) has a brief, but important role in the beginning of the movie.  The title and closing scene were extremely annoying.  If anyone has epilepsy, I would not suggest seeing this movie.  Maybe the effect worked well on a small screen, but it made my eyes hurt so much, I looked away.  At one point in the movie, Tyler and Aidan go see a movie in the theatre.  The movie just cuts to a scene from American Pie prior to learning that they went to see a movie.  It was very confusing, and I thought the theatre accidentally switched the movie reel.  Remember Me actually garnered some applause during a scene.  I don’t know the last time I was at a movie and that happened.

There is a lot of talk about the ending of this movie. I don’t want to spoil it for everyone, so I will be as vague as possible.  I have read other reviews for Remember Me that were decent, but had major issues with the ending.  If you live in or are from New York City, you probably won’t like it at all.   The ending is shocking and you certainly don’t see it coming.  I will give the director props for being able to give the audience a shock, but I don’t think it was the route that should have been chosen.  A more normal, mundane, everyday thing could have happened and it would still have had an effect on the audience.  If you think about the title of this movie and you have seen the trailer, you know something bad is going to happen.  The question is to who and how.  When you see this movie, come back and leave a comment about the ending.  I really want other people’s take on it.

Overall, I would recommend seeing Remember Me.  There are some great performances by the actors and the complexity of the story are what makes it worth seeing.

DO NOT READ THE COMMENTS IF YOU DO NOT WANT SPOILERS!

I give Remember Me 3 “nervous hair grabs” out of 5.

by Sarah Ksiazek

About Sarah Ksiazek

Sarah is a Zookeeper extraordinaire who writes, edits, and is the resident trailer addict for Lost in Reviews. Do not underestimate her snobbery when it comes to trailers. She also owns/runs The Host Movie News which is a fan site for The Host movie adaptation.

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