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Post  Banjo on 2010-03-12, 15:24

I went to see it today, first showing, first matinee. This review says it about as well as necessary and is kinder than I expected. One thing to realize is that Robert Pattinson is one of the executive producers so we can assume that he took it on as a vehicle to break out of his vampire mold. If you are a teenage girl you may think he did. If you are not, your guess is as good as mine.

If you are an Emilie fan you will be fairly happy. She does as well as possible given what she's got to work with. Her character owns a black bra.... At the very least we can hope that an influential producer will see it and say, "Hey, she can act ! I wonder what would happen if she's in a actual movie with a script and a plot ?" Anyway.....I don't dissuade you from seeing it.

"Remember Me" takes place just after the turn of the millennium, and Ally
Craig (Emilie de Ravin of TV's "Lost")
is getting by day-by-day. The film opens with a flashback of Ally's mom being
shot by two muggers right before her 11-year-old eyes, leaving her in the care
of her loving-but-gruff cop father (Chris Cooper) for the past decade. One of Ally's
NYU classmates is Tyler Hawkins (Robert Pattinson), a brooding, moody Byronesque maverick
who's cut himself off from his wealthy, distant father Charles (Pierce Brosnan) and lives for his little sister Caroline
(Ruby Jerins) and her happiness even in the light of their dad's aloofness and
the shadow of a family tragedy.
So, yes, "Remember Me" is one in a long line of melodramas in
which disparate characters in the big city are brought together by fate, a
chance meeting means two strangers become lovers, the great world turns under it
all and the problems of two little people don't add up to a hill of beans. This
is familiar material, and has been for decades, and over the decades the films
that have used it and stood out have done so as a matter of execution
more than as a matter of plotting. Director Coulter, a lifelong New Yorker,
fills the film with nice touches (Ally, hopping into a post-date cab, barks to
the driver: "Queens, and I don't want to hear about it!") and, much like "The
Wackness," "Remember Me" has a good ear for the sounds of a certain place in
time. (Although, to be blunt, the thought of a film that uses Luscious Jackson,
The Sea and Cake, and Supergrass to establish itself as a "period piece" makes
me feel incredibly, appallingly old.) Having never heard of any of those people or bands or whatever they are, I was unfazed...

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But even on a familiar course where star-cross'd lovers suffer the blows and
buffets of fate, "Remember Me" lacks a certain zing going down the track.
Pattinson and de Ravin are excellent in their scenes with anyone but each other
,
and it's hard to tell if that lack of fizzle is because of misfires in the
writing (with their relationship crowded out by their relationships) or a
crueller, harder-to-quantify matter of simple chemistry. Watch Pattinson in his
scenes with Jerins or even Brosnan (trying to hold his own, and succeeding more
than failing, as he goes head-to-head with the older actor) and you get the
sense that he's a talented actor who deserves to do more than pallidly patronize
Kristen Stewart in the guise of undying romanticism. Opposite Cooper, de Ravin
creates a real relationship, loving but wary, sweet but strained, that helps us
understand her character, and his character, and both their choices.
But the
film feels like its own generic poster: Put two handsome people up close and
it's assumed the audience will want to watch regardless of what they're doing,
or why.
"Remember Me" will be talked about for its ending, no doubt. Even a cursory
Web search will reveal it, as will many other reviews. And while that may not be
fair to the film, it's certainly going to happen. But more importantly, the film
gives both Pattinson and de Ravin the opportunity to show that they're more than
just their big, paranormal franchises,
and despite their scenes together lacking
a certain spark, their scenes with the rest of the film's strong ensemble
(Brosnan and Cooper are, as ever, good, while Jerins is superb) prove they can,
and should, have acting careers outside of the realm of the undead or the
unnatural.
"Remember Me" is only slightly more than forgettable, but its good
intentions and good performances can't make up for a central romance that feels
more rushed than real thanks to the triumph of casting and
celebrity over chemistry and charm.

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Post  Berry on 2010-03-12, 16:01

I don't get the Pattison thing AT ALL. Time will tell whether he can act but I think he's a flash in the pan. Of course, now he's a really rich flash in the pan that can get his own projects made. Still can't make me watch them.

It is good for Emilie to have another movie on her resume. Hopefully her next starring role will be with someone she can have chemistry with.

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Post  Banjo on 2010-03-12, 16:42

Ebert gives it 3 stars , gives a good description of Pattinson, and analyzes the ending correctly.

http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100310/REVIEWS/100319993

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Post  Penny on 2010-03-12, 16:49

I don't get why the females go ga-ga over him! I don't find him at all attractive!!!

I heard that the ending is lacking. Doubt I will watch it but may someday rent the dvd. Maybe we can get it when we are at the cabin ...

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