Movie review: Remember Me

Robert Pattinson stars in a forgettable indie drama with an unforgivably manipulative twist

Starring: Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, Pierce Brosnan
Cert: 1hr23mins

There’s an unforgivably manipulative twist ending to this mushy Robert Pattinson-starring melodrama that raises the following questions. Does a drama devoid of incident, import, or drive before the twist ending, suddenly redeem itself when the reversal comes? Has Pattinson – an executive producer on the film, which is a fine but mostly forgettable New York indie navel-gazer – therefore made a Serious Movie? And just what on earth were they thinking?

Tough questions, all. I won’t give away what the twist is – but suffice to say there is nothing that goes before that prepares you, hints at, or even makes sense of it. It’s just attached, like bomb suddenly exploding at the end of a Jane Austen costume drama, charred bonnets flying into the air. Sure, it’s unexpected and dramatic, but was it necessary?

The makers perhaps suspected it was. Because what comes before it is fine, but very ordinary. Pattinson is a brooding 20-year-old who’s lost his brother. He meets a girl (Emilie de Ravin, of Lost fame) who’s lost a mother. He’s a bit posh, she’s not. At first he goes out with her for a bet, then he likes her. And that’s about that. Where’s the drama here? Well, it seems to boil down to the following.

Pattinson‘s dad, played by Pierce Brosnan, is a bad dad (only he isn’t). Pattinson‘s character, Tyler, doesn’t really care for the girl (only he does). Her dad, played by Chris Cooper, is an asshole (only he isn’t).

“You once told me our fingerprints don’t fade from the lives we touch, is that true?” Pattinson muses early on, “or was that just poetic bullshit?”

Remarkably, the ending is probably the only thing about the film that won’t fade. But as for my opinion of it: I’m going for the latter Robert. And skip the poetic part.

3 out of 10

Stuart McGurk