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DVD Review: Remember Me

June 22, 2010

Remember Me – An E1 Films’ Release

DVD Release Date: June 22nd, 2010

Rated 14A for sexual content, and disturbing content

Running time: 111 minutes

Allen Coulter (dir.)

Will Fetters (writer)

Marcelo Zarvos (music)

Robert Pattinson as Tyler Hawkins

Emilie de Ravin as Ally Craig

Chris Cooper as Sgt. Neil Craig

Lena Olin as Diane Hirsch

Pierce Brosnan as Charles Hawkins

Our reviews below:


Remember Me DVD Review By John C.

*1/2 (out of 4)

Remember Me stars Robert Pattinson as an emotionally disturbed young man, Tyler, who falls in love with the emotionally disturbed daughter (Emilie de Ravin) of the cop (Chris Cooper) that beat him up.  Tyler struggles with a strained relationship with his father (Pierce Brosnan), but a loving relationship with his little sister.

The characters are mostly obnoxious stereotypes, each one with a ridiculously tragic past.  Tyler is kind of a jerk, and Ally is actually rather bland.  They both have tragedies in their past, but this isn’t the reason they bond.  The connections between the characters are contrived, there are honestly too many needless plot points, and there past tragedies are just brought into the story at all the wrong points.  A lot of the cast, particularly Pattinson and Brosnan, manage to overact, especially in the infamous “riveted” scene.

Is it profound?  It certainly thinks it is.  The voice-over often quotes Gandhi.  But for me, it played more as one-sided nihilism, (hey, I got it off a cereal box), rather than an affecting character study.  It’s “poetic narraritive”  is somewhat cynical and depressing, with it never becoming clear whether it’s telling us that our lives are insignificant no matter what, but still worth living for the people we touch, or that our lives are simply an insignificant series of events, as we wait for another tragedy to strike.

But I must say, the last 10-15 minutes are somewhat brilliant, but for this movie just feels like exploitation to try to make us feel sympathy for these otherwise unlikable characters.  The ending does not work when in conjunction with these characters, but works for the cinematography and the almost profound deeper meaning it brings on.  Although it is technically better than some other recent Pattinson vehicles (Little Ashes, How To Be), as a whole, Remember Me just ends up a disappointing, sloppy melodrama, that’s not deserving of it’s final few scenes.

The DVD includes audio commentary by director Allen Coulter, and a making-of featurette.


Remember Me DVD Review By Erin V.

*3/4 (out of 4)

In Remember Me, Robert Pattinson plays a depressed, brooding young guy.  I guess this is a small gripe that I have, but he always plays this character it seems – unless he’s being Dali.  Shouldn’t he be better at it by now?

There is nothing wrong with what was trying to be done here – I get what the script was going for.  But I found the overall tone of the film to be too negative, to the point where we are just waiting for the hammer to drop on the characters, making them not as real, so to speak.  So, by the end 10 minutes when it does all crash, all of a sudden, the cinematography, editing, sound, etc. all seem to get better, as if trying to bring about a memorable, emotional ending.  When I watched the end, it did work, but not for this film.  If it had been swapped in with another ending with the same characters, the emotional effect would have been dulled – because it was not the characters I was reacting to.

It gives you a lot to think about.  Was this a film written in a way that it all just meandered with bad acting to try to bring you up to the last ten minutes?  I didn’t like the rest of the movie, found everyone in it kind of unlikable, and was waiting for it to end.  I don’t think this is a movie that is what it’s trying to be.

Simply, if you do watch it all the way to the end, you’ll be left with a movie I don’t find worthy of it’s (maybe exploited) ending.  But by watching it all the way through, you will have something to possibly think/argue about in terms of how stories should utilize things…


Remember Me DVD Review By Nicole

** (out of 4)

Remember Me is a slow-moving drama about two troubled young adults in New York City.  Twilight’s Robert Pattinson is Tyler, a chronically depressed university student who is still grieving the untimely loss of his brother, Michael.  Ally (Emilie de Ravin) is a young classmate of Tyler’s who is also traumatized by a loss in her past.  When Tyler’s roommate introduces the two, they develop a romance that is more out of desperation than love.

I personally would have liked to have seen more of a character arc for both Tyler and Ally.  Tyler remains a depressed character throughout the film, never once attempting to quit smoking, drinking and delinquent behaviour.  (Many teen girls may actually think smoking is cool now, considering the fact that Pattinson is seen puffing away in practically every scene.)  The only nice side of Tyler is the way he treats his younger sister.  Ally only begins to change at the very end.  The acting in this film is alright, but both Robert Pattinson and Pierce Brosnan overacted a bit.  The film is also way too long, at nearly two hours.  The ending id really good, however.  I did not see the surprise twist coming, but it hit me hard when it did.  There is one scene toward the end that is just brilliant.  The cinematography and editing in that one scene was so good, it saved the movie from being given a complete failing grade.

If you are a fan of any of the actors, or just want to check out what this film is all about, then rent it.


Remember Me DVD Review By Maureen

** (out of 4)

Set in New York City, Remember Me is a story of love and personal tragedies.  Tyler (Robert Pattinson) is a sensitive college student troubled by the recent loss of his brother and trying to deal with the strained relationship with his father (Pierce Brosnan).  His only close relationship is with his younger sister, a budding artist.  Through his college roommate Tyler meets another student, Ally (Emilie de Ravin) who is haunted by the violent loss of her mother ten years earlier.  She also has a troubled relationship with her tough cop father (Chris Cooper).  Tyler and Ally form a bond and fall in love.

This could have been a tender, touching love story.  Instead the story drags on.  Much of Tyler’s dialogue tries to be deep and philosophical but it falls flat.  The relationship between Tyler and his father is melodramatic thanks to overacting by Brosnan and Pattinson.  The scene in the movie where Tyler bursts into his father’s office to angrily confront him just doesn’t work.  Throughout the entire movie it was difficult to feel much sympathy for any of the characters.  I found Tyler to be particularly unlikable.  His angry outbursts and non-stop smoking simply didn’t appeal to me.

It’s unfortunate the bulk of Remember Me felt so average because the final chapter is beautifully done.  The ending is a surprising tragic twist of fate that brings meaning and relevance to the rest of the movie.  If only the rest of the movie could have been so poignant.

Fans of Robert Pattinson will no doubt want to see  Remember Me.  Others may want to simply scene select to the final chapter.


Remember Me DVD Review By Tony

** (out of 4)

Remember Me is the latest vehicle for Robert Pattinson outside the Twilight series. He plays Tyler Hawkins, who shares a messy New York flat with frat boy Aidan (Tate Ellington).  Haunted by his older brother’s suicide, Tyler resents his wealthy father’s (Pierce Brosnan) work ethic at the expense of emotional and time commitment to him and his half-sister Caroline (Ruby Jerins), a sensitive 11-year-old artist being bullied at her private school.  Emilie de Ravin plays Tyler’s girlfriend Ally, who in the film’s opening scene had watched her mother killed by muggers ten years prior, and now lives with her father (Chris Cooper), a cop with anger issues (a typical Cooper role) who once beat Tyler up for no good reason.

Remember Me is uneven at best.  Most of the characters are unappealing, moving through scenes by turns depressing and silly, reminiscent of the dreadful Pattinson film How to Be. I was particularly annoyed by his constant smoking, which I fear will be emulated by countless young fans.  Without spoiling the ending, admittedly the last few minutes are actually quite brilliant, but too late to redeem almost two hours of mediocrity or make me feel much empathy for the characters.


Consensus: Despite an interesting final few scenes, Remember Me is ultimately just a contrived, boring and somewhat depressing melodrama, with overacting from some of the cast. ** (Out of 4)

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