Monday Movie Review #8 - Remember Me

Monday, March 15, 2010

I totally meant to post yesterday, but with the whole "spring forward" nonsense, I just wasn't up to par, so I missed a day. Oops. I'll have to make up for it with this post...or I'll try, at the very least! This weekend, I managed to see Remember Me.

A romantic drama set in New York City during the summer of 2001, where Tyler, a rebellious young man, meets Ally through a twist of fate. Her spirit helps him heal after a family tragedy, though soon the circumstances that brought them together threaten to tear them apart.
Taken from IMDB.

Remember Me follows the stories of Tyler and Ally, both troubled, both with dysfunctional families, and both with an intense amount of baggage. When a dare leads Tyler to ask Ally out, it soon leads to a budding romance and a trust the two learn to rely on. Neither of their lives are perfect, and their drama is overwhelming, but the two forge a bond that connects them and carries them through the film.

You know, I thought long and hard about this one, and I'm still not quite sure how I feel about it. Tyler and Ally, played by Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin, respectively, are not altogether endearing separately, but they work together. Their personalities balance one another, and their connection onscreen worked.

That said, I found the relationship between Tyler and his father, played by Pierce Brosnan rather trying. I felt the connection between Tyler and his sister Caroline, played by Ruby Jerins to be a heck of a lot more believable and endearing. I also discovered that Robert Pattinson can actually act. Please don't hate me, but his role in the Twilight Saga just doesn't do him justice. (Though yes, his hair still confuses me.)

The ending is honestly what I felt was completely unnecessary in this film. We felt the heartbreak already. We felt the angst between Tyler and Ally. We knew that although this movie moved at a snail's pace most of the time, there was a purpose to it. I don't feel incorporating a national tragedy was necessary to prove the point. That's just me though...the fact is, I left the theatre feeling downright hollow.

I'll give this movie a decent 3 out of 5 because, for the most part, I think the acting was extremely strong, though the plot was predictable. I'd recommend this only for mature viewers, and I'd urge you to remember, this is not a feel-good movie! Below is the trailer for those who've yet to see it.


  1. No, not at all a feel good movie, not at all...though I really REALLY liked it, it also left me hollow, but I dont know I just really liked it...the acting was amazing, I LOVED Rob in this...and the ending, though startling, it I dont know...anyway, it's for older audiences, I took Aubrey, who's 10, and she just did not get the ending, which I am glad she was only 18 months old when it happened...

  2. I agree with Jenn. I burst into tears like a child on the last ten minutes of this movie! It's very touching and sad. How can I judge the acting? Amazing. I can't wait for another Rob's movie, once I am his fan. :-)

  3. I completely agree with your comment about Pattinson-Twilight.
    Sure, he's popular because he's apparently good-looking and "hot" as a vampire, but acting-wise, not much talent in acting is shown.
    Now, I actually am looking forward to his other movies.

  4. Oh a bad ending. Whoa. Sounds like a video rental. Thanks for the awesome honest review.

  5. Thanks for the review. I want to see it, but I'll wait for the dvd.

  6. Hmm I was on the fence about whether I should go see this or not. I think I'll just wait to see it at the dollar movies :) Thanks for the review!

  7. Geez louise, rob looks so good when he doesnt have that kristen stewart hanging all over him. And he looks like a human in that poster! Yes, I definitely think he goes better with Emilie :)
    Thanks for the review, Melissa! I saw this trailer a few months ago and was interested just because of the scenes with Rob and the on-screen sister--she looks cute as a button!

  8. I'm so hesitant to see this movie. So, so hesitant.

  9. A sad thing it only came in number 3 ...Again As all movies I have to wait till DVD

  10. I was pre-warned about the ending to this movie, and I don't know how eager I am to see it, as I tend to get emotionally sucked into movies. I agree, none of the acting in the Twilight movies is very good (though the kid that plays Jacob has potential IMO, and Billy Burke is always clever...), but I do hope for Rob's sake he really can act. Good review.

  11. Great review! I'm a bit on the fence with this one...but I'll probably wait until it comes out on DVD like a few other's have said.

  12. Thanks for the review. I am considered warned with the ending. I also know what you meant about the acting. He hasn't had many roles to really act. Twilight wasn't my fave either (the movie).

  13. I saw this movie the other day and Rob did an amazing job in it. But wow, the ending really hit me hard. I'm sure everyone recalled their own personal feelings when it happened. I had to sit in the theater for a little while after the movie ended just to think about the movie. It definitely is not a feel good movie. But still a good movie : )

  14. Great review Melissa!

    So I peaked at the ending on Wikipeidia and it didn't make any sense... Not sure if I want to see it, we'll see


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