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Overrated but still deserves credit for the depth of its characters and unexpectedly moving finale.
on October 1, 2016
[Moderate Spoilers] In all honesty, before seeing this movie, though I don't live in a cave, I had heard of Robert Pattinson and mildly recognized him but still have yet to see any of the "Harry Potter" or "Twilight" movies, so I had never seen him in anything. I also had absolutely no idea about the last 10 minutes of the movie, and I won't give that way, although, I must say, it got extremely serious extremely fast. Up to that final 10 minutes, however, I must also say that it was not up in the same league as 1980's Oscar-winning "Ordinary People," to which some have compared it. Made in 2010 but set in 2001, "Remember Me" tells the story of young lovers "Tyler" (Pattinson) and "Ally" (Emilie de Ravin). We learn that, in the past, Tyler found his older brother after he had taken his own life, and naturally, that trauma has never left him, just like Timothy Hutton's character in "Ordinary People" (though his brother's death was an accident), but, again, Pattinson can't match Hutton's Oscar-winning performance (though, in Pattinson's defense, not many can). The family even regularly visits his brother's grave on anniversaries of his passing. As subplots, Tyler doesn't seem close enough to his workaholic Dad (Pierce Brosnan, fine but not memorable), and he's also very protective of his kid sister (especially when she's bullied). Meanwhile, Ally has had quite a traumatic life of her own after, as a child (in the opening scene), she witnesses the murder of her mother (an uncredited Martha Plimpton, from 1988's brilliant "Running on Empty," TV's "Raising Hope"), and her Dad (Chris Cooper, who almost seems to get lost in the shuffle here) could also use some pointers in parenting. Most of the movie centers around Tyler and Ally meeting in college and falling in love. Sounds like the makings of a small masterpiece, right? Well, while de Raven and Pattinson are fine and make par for the course, other than those final powerful 10 minutes, there unfortunately aren't many distinctly indelible moments in nearly 2 hours. For whatever reasons, it doesn't all transmit cinematically, excluding the performances by Cooper and Plimpton, particularly in the ineffective argument scenes and romantic scenes and no closure with the incident between Ally and her Dad. But it deserves accolades for the depth of its characters (something most movies lack, specifically the main characters' history and their meeting and destiny) and its sincere, though slight, redemption in those closing 10 minutes, which qualifies it as a sufficient recommendation.