Review: Remember Me

Robert Pattinson, Emilie De Ravin and Pierce Brosnan in Remember Me.

A melodramatic tale of an emotionally multifaceted youngster

Remember Me (PG-13)

Director: Allen Coulter

Starring: Robert Pattinson, Emilie De Ravin, Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper and Lena Olin

Genre: Romantic Drama

Rating: ***

The twilight is over. Edward Cullen becomes Robert Pattinson again. In Remember Me, the second “Sexiest Man Alive” of 2009 has a lot to offer other than topless shots and fierce glances. He plays a “career-changing” role for which he should be credited. 21-year old Tyler Hawkins can be called a philanderer for his casual approach towards women. Along with his “single and ready to mingle” roommate Aidan, he runs into trouble with a Special Investigator, Neil Craig (Chris Cooper). The two spend a night in jail and Aidan plots vengeance by asking Tyler to start dating Neil’s daughter, Ally.  But, the mission goes awry and the usual “fall in love” instinct takes place with Tyler feeling guilty about the vengeance.

Apart from his usual sexiness, Robert Pattinson exhibits an emotionally-dwelling performance and he succeeds to capture his non-fans by means of his beady eyes and occasional smiles. Will Fetters’ screenplay is somewhat rigid and unsuccessful in setting up certain scenes. The revelation of the tragic climax deserves full marks. Emilie De Ravin’s portrayal of Ally seems resonant of her role in the neo-noir flick, Brick. When much tragedy is announced through the dialogues and background score, why must the screenwriter include a flashback to introduce the tragedy during her childhood days?

Tyler bonds well with his younger sister Carolina that results in making himself appear in almost every portrait she draws. In the end, they seem to be the only members of the family with good ties as the parents have the divorced and the mother (Lena Olin) has remarried since the suicide of Tyler’s elder brother, Michael.

But, when you talk about Pierce Brosnan, I’d say “Whoa”. The James Bond role covered most of his years where he could have showcased a handsome dramatic actor rather than an engrossingly romantic spy. I was completely floored. And, that expression he brings out in the tragic climax is probably his best.

Brazilian pianist Marcello Zarvos’ background score is easy on the ear. The orchestra pieces played during the ending scenes is soothing and I bet the background score alone would make that scene special. A Beautiful Mind had some harmonious tones and I can still remember the car chase which was brought to life through James Horner’s composition. Cinematographer Jonathan Freeman hits the spot this time. There aren’t much swaying shots as there were in his previous flick, The Rebound.

This is a movie which invests largely on coincidence. It starts with people meeting, falling in love, breaking up and then dying. It doesn’t take in the cinematic alterations like survival of the fittest or the “hero must live” saga and plainly reveals its message. I could sense the emotions of the characters. I could sense Pattinson’s anger, sorrow and lastly happiness.

Allen Coulter deceivingly lets us invest in the characters and their lives. By doing so, he profoundly makes you dwell into the melodrama he has sketched into the film. Remember Me is effectively the launch-pad for Pattinson’s acting career once the Twilight clears up.

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