Remember Me (2010)

I’m very interested to see what kind of box office money “Remember Me” makes. Teenage girls are bound to flock to this romantic drama for one reason, and one reason only-Robert Pattinson. Pattinson has made himself a household name through the dreary “Twilight” movies (No, I’ve never brought myself to watch an entire one, but I’ve seen enough). Here he gets to play a damaged young man who juggles a blossoming relationship, family drama and his share of baggage from his past. Having seen bits and pieces of thew “Twilight” movies, I can tell you the only thing missing from Pattinson’s performance is the fangs.

The film opens with a mother and a daughter waiting to get on the train to go home in New York City. Two young gentlemen decide to mug the woman, and end up shooting her. The mother dies on the spot, leaving the young daughter devastated and motherless. The police race to the scene, including Sgt. Neil Craig (the always dependable Chris Cooper), who is also the husband of the woman shot. The opening scene sets the ho-hum tone of the picture.

Cut to several years later, and we meet Tyler (Pattinson). He is a 21 year old who lives in a run down New York City apartment with his roommate, Aidan (Tate Ellington). We are never really sure what these two do. Do they go to school? Don’t they? Do they just sleep and drink their lives away? The film never makes it clear, and even adds more confusion when they ARE on a campus and Aidan sets Tyler up to go talk to Ally (Emilie de Ravin), the daughter of a police officer who recently roughed Tyler up.

A hesitant young relationship begins to grow between Tyler and Ally. In the midst of watching this happen, we get to see Tyler’s family life. His mother (Lena Olin) and father (Pierce Brosnan) are divorced, and the mother is remarried. Tyler has a young sister, Caroline, (Ruby Jerins), who he is very watchful over. The films soars when Tyler and Caroline are together. Tyler cares about very little, but his sister is always a top priority.

As one could imagine in a film like this, problems occur between Ally and Tyler. The script is not shy about pulling out all of the predictable punches for this movie. Still, it is an ambitious little film that tries to do a lot and sporadically succeeds in doing so. Pattinson is awkward and uncomfortable as Tyler, always feeling out of his element in this film. Emilie de Ravin (of TV’s Lost) shows true promise as Ally, who offers a calming effect in Tyler’s already chaotic life.

Then we get to the end of the movie, and is it a surprise. Never once does the film give any indication that this out of place, maudlin and shocking ending is approaching us. Is it surprise? Sure. Does it fit into this film? Not particularly. It left me on the fence, but I thought there was enough good stuff in this film to give it a slight recommendation. B-

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