Frankly, I don’t know where to start; this movie was not what I expected. REMEMBER ME is so original in treatment that even though it seems a film about love and romance, it takes you more towards an emotional drama with a surprisingly rich story. This is a heavy romantic drama and at the same time, it shows many layers of relationship in one’s life.
Tyler Hawkins (Robert Pattinson) is a troubled, moody and directionless young man living outside home and trying to get over his brother’s death (who killed himself at a very young age) and in no good relationship with his father (Pierce Brosnan) who always seems to be business oriented, ignorant towards his children and uncaring in nature.
After being arrested while trying to stop a mugging, and getting bailed by his father, he comes back to his normal self of going to university library and spending time with his little sister Caroline (Ruby Jerins) who is also insecure about her father’s love and always treated differently by her school mates.
Then comes the girl in Tyler’s life – Ally (Emilie de Ravin), who happens to be the daughter of the arresting officer Neil (Chris Cooper), who works as a NYPD detective. Even though Tyler knows that Ally’s father would never approve their relationship, he falls in love with her.
In fact, in the opening scene of the film you will get introduced with the young Ally watching her mother being killed by mugger, and now 10 years later she is living with her overprotective policeman dad. Both Ally and Tyler fall in love because of the common factor in their life of suffering the loss of someone dear.
But when Ally comes to know about Tyler’s earlier encounter with her father, the love and romance somehow goes to the downhill. Well, as Remember Me is not just about their love and romance, you will get to see more drama in Tyler’s own family life which takes this film away from being a frivolous teen romantic flick.
Moreover, one of the finest aspects of this film is certainly the cast. Robert Pattinson showed his extraordinary skill of dramatic actor that is much better than his “Twilight” movies. While Brosnan’s performance as Tyler’s father doesn’t impress much, Chris Cooper as a domineering father is amazing.
Nevertheless, the real gem of the movie is Emilie de Ravin who is absolutely in a different self from her earlier character in “Lost”. Likewise, the scenes between Patison and Ruby as brother and sister are also quite special. Remember Me is a must watch.
Direction: Allen Coulter