'Remember Me': Less Than Memorable

Monday, 15 Mar 2010 10:54 AM

By James Hirsen

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Allen Coulter is best known for the cable television standouts “Six Feet Under” and “The Sopranos.” The director explores even darker themes in the current big-screen release “Remember Me.”

Robert Pattinson is both a producer and lead actor in the movie, and there’s a pretty obvious effort to capitalize on the momentum of the wildly popular "Twilight." Included throughout the flick are plenty of the trademark brooding, passion, and angry outbursts that typify Pattinson’s James Dean-like character.

In “Remember Me,” Pattinson plays Tyler, a chain-smoking, sullen young man who works in a bookstore. Tyler is consumed with bitterness toward his power-wielding lawyer dad who is played with frigid aloofness by Pierce Brosnan.

Tyler is traumatized by his older brother's suicide. At one point the young man is arrested and roughed up by a police officer, who is played by Chris Cooper. On a dare from his roommate, and the chance to get back at the officer, Tyler begins a relationship with Ally (Emilie de Ravin of “Lost”), the cop’s daughter.

The two fall hopelessly in love as expected; that is until Ally discovers that their romance began with a lie. They eventually get back together, also as expected.

Tyler’s big brother protective relationship with his sweet, mildly eccentric younger sister provides some of the most enjoyable and heart-warming scenes in the film. Tyler rescues Caroline, played by Ruby Jerins, from some “Carrie”-like cruelty at the hands of her fellow classmates and also helps facilitate the healing of some of the daddy-daughter psychological scars.

In viewing “Remember Me,” be prepared to be emotionally manipulated by what writer Will Fetters has done with the screenplay’s conclusion. The movie uses, as a lowly plot device, the most serious attack on the America’s continental soil.

In an apparent attempt to gain word-of-mouth publicity and possibly generate some much sought-after controversy, the Sept. 11 tragedy is used to provide a surprise ending twist to what is essentially a mediocre screenplay.

However, the gravity of the attack and rawness of our collective wounds make the movie entertainment aspects of the 9/11 inclusion in the plotline unacceptable and unseemly. In addition, the ending doesn’t suit the storyline and appears to be tacked on for effect.

All of this apparently hasn't helped “Remember Me” in its opening weekend. The film came in fourth with only $8.3 million in ticket sales.

One positive element that could come from the film is that, through the inclusion of the twin towers tragedy, viewers may be reminded that we do indeed have fallen heroes and beloved family members and friends that we are forever sworn to remember.


James Hirsen, J.D., M.A. in media psychology, is a New York Times best-selling author, commentator, media analyst and law professor. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court and has made several appearances there on various landmark decisions. Hirsen is the co-founder and Chief Legal Counsel for InternationalEsq.com, a legal think tank and educational institute for the study of law in the media. Visit: Newsmax TV Hollywood:
http://www.youtube.com/user/NMHollywood



© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

University Muzzles Free Speech

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 09:57 AM

Honestly, sometimes leftist thought police surprise even me, not so much with their unreasonableness, extremism, and tyr . . .

Christianity Under Fire Here at home

Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 10:16 AM

Thought police act first, then investigate later.
 . . .

'Architect' Gruber's Admission Warrants Repeal

Friday, 12 Dec 2014 09:26 AM

Instead of using this space to pretend the newly released CIA "torture" report confirms that the United States is the mo . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved