Remember Me, 2010
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Pierce Brosnan, Emilie de Ravin, Chris Cooper, Martha Plimpton, Lena Olin, Peyton List, Ruby Jerins
A drama centered on two lovers whose newfound relationship is threatened as they try to cope with their respective family tragedies.
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Robert Pattinson said in several interviews that he was worried that his career would suffer after the Twilight films come to an end. His reasoning is that his offers maybe limited to roles along the lines of the character he plays in the popular franchise. Although that is a possibility knowing how the industry tends to typecast, if anything, Remember Me shows potential for the young actor. The film itself, however, has no potential of bringing in an audience the size of the Twilight series, or really an audience at all for that matter since the film is full of clichéd melodrama and a disturbing twist that many will find in poor taste. But that one is for you to judge.
Remember Me is a dark, dark film. This is not Twilight, so those going in expecting to see the noble Pattinson from the series will be surprised by the protagonist in this film. Everyone is haunted by demons all rooted in a past event that deals with murder or suicide. Pattinson’s character Tyler had a brother who committed suicide and since then his father played by Pierce Bronsan has distanced himself from the family, adding to the already tumultuous relationship between him and his son.
Tyler however finds love in lost girl Ally (de Ravin) whose mother was murdered 10 years prior, and her father, a cop (Cooper) has been unable to recover. He’s overly protective, struggling with his depression and inner anger which seeps out over the course of the film. Ally however is trying her best to move on despite the lack of support that surrounds her.
Emilie de Ravin does a nice job in her role. She’s strong when needed and vulnerable during tender moments. Her scenes come off more genuine than half the material in the film which feels contrived and manipulated. We’re suppose to feel something for these characters whenever they lash out or breakdown, however the director and writer are telling us how to respond rather than letting the scene play out naturally, and that is what the film suffers from, especially the ending.
Now there will likely be debate about the final moments, and I understand why. It was without a doubt not what I expected which is good and bad. But I’m not sure which it is more. Some may argue that it was used simply to tug hard on our emotions, to really sell the film not necessarily for the sake of the story but rather just to give us something to talk about. That maybe so. For me, it’s a miss.
There’s no question that Pattinson can play the brooding type character, but is that all? There’s really no more to the character than violent outbursts, quiet brooding, and arguments with his father. If Pattinson is worried about being typecast in future films, well, if he continues to play these characters than, yeah, he should be worried. But he does have potential. Let’s just see if he is confident, or rather wise enough, to take roles that go against type.