When I went in to see Remember Me, I thought for sure it would be a terrible movie. I was pleasantly surprised because this movie actually had depth, an interesting plot and a huge twist at the end. I’m a big fan of dramas and this movie had the perfect balance of what a drama should be. It was funny, sad, true to life, tragic and romantic.
The movie is about Ally (Emilie de Ravin), a girl whose mother was murdered 11 years ago and she lives with her father. Ally meets Tyler (Robert Pattinson) who is a rebel, bad boy whose parents are separated. Tyler has also lost a loved one with the suicide of his brother. The two young college students fall in love and seem perfect for each other. Ally’s protective father tries to keep them apart. At the same time, we get to know Tyler’s family really well. Tyler has a special bond with his sister, a talented sixth grader who gets picked on at school. After having a troublesome, rocky relationship with his father they finally start to get along.
The ending of this movie was really sad and can’t really be predicted at all. That was kind of nice because it was unlike all the other predictable movies. The ending solidifies why the film is titled Remember Me. It was refreshing because the movie didn’t just sugar-coat tough issues like death, divorce and bullying, but showed how they affect relationships with others and with your self.
I learned that Pattinson is actually a good actor beyond Twilight. He had great chemistry with de Ravin (“Lost”). Pierce Brosnan did a stellar job as Tyler’s father. Brosnan’s character had two different sides, the neglectful father and the caring, providing father. The Swedish Lena Olin also did a great job as Tyler’s mother. Chris Cooper (American Beauty, Breach) played Ally’s father and did a great job illustrating his unhealed emotional scab from his wife’s murder and his daughter seeking independence. Director Allen Coulter has had a lot of jobs including “Sex and the City,” “Nurse Jackie” and Hollywoodland.