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REMEMBER ME (2010)

SYNOPSIS:
College student Tyler Hawkins (Robert Pattinson) is at odds with wealthy businessman father Charles (Pierce Brosnan) under the shadow of his older brother's suicide a decade earlier. But adores his talented kid sister Caroline (Ruby Jerins). After an altercation and a misunderstanding in a back street after a night out with his flatmate and friend Aidan (Tait Ellington), the attending policeman, Neil Craig (Chris Cooper) cuffs him and puts him in a holding cell overnight. When Aiden spots Craig dropping off his daughter Ally (Emilie de Ravin) at their college, he persuades Tyler to chat her up. Reluctant but interested, Tyler meets Ally and they begin a relationship. Ally had a decade earlier witnessed her mother's cold blooded murder on a subway platform, although she doesn't immediately reveal this to Tyler. Their romance soon impacts on Ally's relationship with her father, and Tyler's anger at his father's seeming loss of care towards his children intensifies.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
The relevance of the film's title only becomes clear at the film's ill-conceived end, in a dragged out sequence that totally overshadows the film's already flakey premise. The best thing that can be said of the film is that it is well intentioned, but a hard nosed script editor should have torn it to shreds and got writer Will Fetters to rework it. Or get a better idea.

The film begins with a sequence that we soon realise is a flashback, as a young Ally (Caitlyn Rund) watches in horror as two thugs first rob and then shoot her mother, as they ride off on the subway. After we see cop dad (Chris Cooper) greive at the site, we immediately jump 10 years, so hard to know what the fellow passengers made of the shooting or whether the cops pursued and caught the killers. No matter; they're not the subject of the plot.

It takes a while for the now grown up Ally (Emilie de Ravin) to meet Tyler (Robert Pattinson) at the college, urged on by Tyler's enormously irritating and stupid friend, Aiden (Tait Ellington). All the while we see glimpses of a seriously dysfunctional Hawkins family, scenes which at first make no sense dramatically and are incompetently put together.

The script uses big, clumsy levers to shift scenes and to progress the journeys of its characters. The sartorial but shitty Charles Hawkins (Pierce Brosnan) undergoes a father-heart transplant, tough guy Neil Craig (Chris Cooper) realises his daughter is now 21 not 11 and free to live her life, and Ally turns off the romance with Tyler when she learns that Aiden had put him up to speaking to her. This lever is so absurd and so far fetched as to destroy the audience's connection to the film.

Robert Pattinson's Tyler is a struggle, too, a brooding, intense figure of few words who can't express himself well enough to explain to Ally that actually, he had spotted her earlier in class and was interested, anyway. Well, he couldn't say that because it would deprive the script of a dramatic break up scene and the subsequent make up scene. Sorry about the little spoiler there, but frankly, the film is spoilt from the start as far as I'm concerned.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 1
Mixed: 0

REMEMBER ME (2010) (M)
(US, 2010)

CAST: Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper, Martha Plimpton, Lena Olin, Ruby Jerins, Payton List, Meghan Markle

PRODUCER: Trevor Engelson, Nick Osborne

DIRECTOR: Allen Coulter

SCRIPT: Will Fetters

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jonathan Freeman

EDITOR: Andrew Mondsheim

MUSIC: Marcelo Zarvos

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Scott P. Murphy

RUNNING TIME: 113 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Hoyts

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: March 11, 2010







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