Remember Me Review

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Emilie de Ravin (Ally Craig) and Robert Pattinson (Tyler), Remember Me

Forget what you think you know about this movie. And forget what you think you know about Robert Pattinson. This film is far more than a love story. Plus, Pattinson’s acting abilities are better than the one particular role he’s known for playing.
Go into this movie with an open mind, and what you’ll find is an engaging film that is simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming. The story and actors swirl together like a perfect cup of coffee with just the right amount of cream and sugar. The subtle sweetness cuts the underlying bitterness. And, in fact, that’s exactly the word I would use to describe Remember Me – bittersweet…read more [Killer Film]

Disaffected twentysomething Tyler (Robert Pattinson) is still coping with the aftershocks of his older brother’s suicide several years earlier. His parents (Pierce Brosnan and Lena Olin) are separated and his younger sister (Ruby Jerins) is an outcast at school. Tyler spends his days bumming around New York University with obnoxious roommate Aidan (Tate Ellington, in a truly cringe inducing performance), who dares him to pick up Ally (Emilie de Ravin), a classmate and the daughter of a cop (Chris Cooper). Ally has a family tragedy of her own that has left her wounded and withdrawn, so of course she and Tyler fall into a passionate romance that changes them both…read more [MetroMix]

Robert Pattinson (Tyler), Remember Me
Robert Pattinson (Tyler), Remember Me

Remember me wants desperately to be an important film, deeper than the standard Hollywood tear-jerker. Coulter and the cast do this by making us care about the characters and invest in them emotionally. Cinematographer Jonathan Freeman shoots the film very efficiently and cleanly, allowing the acting to shine rather than camera tricks and Marcelo Zarvos’s score is evocative without being overdone. The only time these become flaws is in those final moments that threaten to destroy the entire film, as the camera pans become overly dramatic and the music swells as if to say “here it comes.” And come it certainly does, in the worst possible way. Some audiences will be offended, and others will be affected. Either way, they will get there as a result of the machinations of the story, which is very much the wrong way to do so…read more [411mania]

Pierce Brosnan (Charles) and Lena Olin (Diane Hirsch), Remember Me
Pierce Brosnan (Charles) and Lena Olin (Diane Hirsch), Remember Me

There’s only one thing that loves Robert Pattinson more than his legions of hysterical teenage fans and that’s the camera. Which helps but doesn’t quite save the earnest new romantic drama “Remember Me,” whose filmmakers hang everything on those chiseled cheeks and moody eyes.
Like Tyler, the angst-ridden 21-year-old NYU student he plays, scowling between class and the coffee shop where he pours all those conflicted feelings into a battered journal, the “Twilight” star is still very much a work in progress…read more [LA Times]

Robert Pattinson (Tyler) in Remember Me Remember Me - Emilie de Ravin as Ally Craig Robert Pattinson, Pierce Brosnan, Ruby Jerins, Gregory Jbara and Lena Olin in Remember Me

Teen audiences, particularly female, are likely to fall headlong into the dour romantic drama “Remember Me” because Robert Pattinson and his fwoopy hair, taking a break from the “Twilight” franchise, are both in it. And when you’re a teen, certainly when I was a teen, confusing banality with profundity was practically a law.
Also, romances unfolding on the edge of a historic precipice hold a particular appeal to audiences, in a sick sort of way. We know what’s coming and we feel badly (if the story’s in any sort of working order) because we know so much more than the lovers do. “From Here to Eternity” had Pearl Harbor; “Titanic” had the iceberg; and “Remember Me” has a story taking place largely in New York City in the first half of 2001…read more [The Baltimore Sun]

Remember Me isn’t your typical Hollywood romantic drama. In fact, the film’s final act is diametrically opposed to the ending most studio productions would tack on this sort of film. Whether or not you embrace the twist at the end, and I’m still going back and forth with myself over whether it was a smart choice or a stupid move, the first two-thirds of Remember Me are well acted and smartly written. And even if you disapprove of just where the film goes, the story building up to the final climatic twist is moving and real. Remember Me is not a disposable romance that’s getting attention just because Pattinson’s in it. This is a solid film with minor flaws – and a highly controversial ending…read more [About.Com]

Remember Me Photo - Robert Pattinson (Tyler) and Emilie de Ravin (Ally Craig)
Remember Me Photo – Robert Pattinson (Tyler) and Emilie de Ravin (Ally Craig)

The last 10 to 15 minutes of Remember Me turn on such a drastic miscalculation that audiences will scarcely be able to talk about anything else. That’s too bad, because before it’s freighted with more significance than its flimsy architecture can possibly withstand, this romantic melodrama strives for something nearly as ambitious: It attempts to turn Twilight’s Robert Pattinson into the millennial James Dean. As a brooding loner gone bohemian in defiance of his cold, corporate blueblood father (Pierce Brosnan), Pattinson does his best impersonation of Dean in East Of Eden, casting rebellion as the raw byproduct of lingering daddy issues. Though his behavior is often erratic, he’s a sensitive soul (when he makes love, Sigur Rós swells in the background), quietly heroic when it counts. And he has a special talent for alarming overly protective fathers, which makes him more attractive… read more [A.V. Club]

Tate Ellington (Aidan Hall) and Robert Pattinson (Tyler), Remember Me Emilie de Ravin (Ally Craig), Remember Me Robert Pattinson (Tyler), Remember Me

This is, at heart, a story about how people get on with their lives after overwhelming loss and learn to live with grief without succumbing to it. Tyler and Ally bond over family tragedy — his brother committed suicide; her mother was killed in a mugging. Pattinson and de Ravin don’t make a memorable happy couple — they’re better when they’re brooding — but, although their relationship is supposed to be a haven from sadness, happiness is an emotion the film has little use for.
To call Remember Me a four-hankie weeper does not begin to describe it, and its climax almost pulls us out of the movie by incorporating a real-life event into a story that had been, until then, built purely on fiction. But Coulter wants to explore the act of mourning as a theme, and how death sometimes reminds us that every minute of life should be savored. On that level, Remember Me certainly succeeds…read more [The Miami Herald]

Directed by: Allen Coulter
Written by: Will Fetters

Robert Pattinson – Tyler Hawkins
Emilie de Ravin – Ally Craig
Tate Ellington – Aidan Hall
Ruby Jerins – Caroline Hawkins
Pierce Brosnan – Charles Hawkins
Chris Cooper – Neil Craig
Lena Olin – Diane Hirsch
Gregory Jbara – Les Hirsch
Martha Plimpton – Helen Craig
Kate Burton – Janine
Peyton R. List – Samantha

Running time: 113 min.
Release date: March 12, 2010

Remember Me Video Review [IndyMogul]

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