“Remember Me” is Robert Pattinson’s latest film brandishing his “Twilight” heart-throb status. Whilst at first glance the film appears to conjure the form of a romantic drama, it struggles to fulfil its many tangled themes and disjointed plot.
Pattinson plays Tyler Hawkins, a New York college boy suffering from teenage angst and bitter resentment for the loss of his brother, and the broken relationship he has with his father (Pierce Brosnan). After wooing Ally (Emilie de Ravin), the pair’s romance reveals that their painful pasts are uncannily similar. Tyler fights to keep his family together, whilst immersing into his love affair with Ally and caring for little sister, Caroline.
Pattinson shows some refreshing displays of alternative emotions from his “Twilight”-type cast, and even his beaten up face and rugged stubble is an appealing redesign of his usual persona.
Flatmate and comic relief sidekick, Aidan (Tate Ellington) brings some much needed breaks in the doom and gloom and wincing love stares, displaying some of the better script writing of the film.
Unfortunately, the story seems to loose track of its objective, and dabbles in various themes that are never fully redeemed or developed. In fact, the storyline lacks to fully indulge the audience in what is seemingly the focus of the film – the romance.
“Remember Me” does have its moments of quality though. The cinematography is well coordinated and airs moments of grainy New York night life, contrasting with crisp city sunrises, but like the script, the great visionary moments are short lived through their inconsistency.
As the clunky script stumbles through, it is really the quality of acting that keeps it in motion. Hollywood veterans Chris Cooper and Pierce Brosnan provide the foundations of the cast, though Brosnan’s accent can only be described as puzzling.
The distinction of Ruby Jerins, playing Caroline, can almost make you forgive some of the script’s downfalls. Almost.
Disappointingly, “Remember Me” fails to satisfy what could have potentially been a much deeper and wholesome experience.
As it attempts to keep its younger Pattinson-based audience interested, the more subtle and complex themes are left neglected, and the ending ruins any potential praise that the film could collect.
Remember Me = 3/10Tweet