Remember Me (Summit Entertainment, PG-13)

The characters reveal a haunting look at human behavior.

 There comes a time in everyone’s life when you think, “What the hell is all of this for?” That desk job or college class seem completely pointless on the path to living a fruitful existence. Ghandi would agree. Remember Me is another reminder that life is a blur, so start brooding. People take pictures or blog to document any so-called significant events. We are all in search of some way to leave a meaningful legacy. With a moving cast and a dash of realism, director Allen Coulter manages to make a lasting impression.

In Remember Me, New York shines in its 2001 glory. The protagonist Tyler Hawkins (Robert Pattinson), a twentysomething student, is a dreamboat without a cause. His pessimism fuels meaningless one-night stands and a broken relationship with his Wall Street businessman father (Pierce Brosnan). After he meets a just-as-confused classmate, Ally Craig (Emilie de Ravin), he is able to focus on smiling every once in a while. During one of their first dinners together Ally says she’s seen this scene a hundred times. But she doesn’t realize that Tyler is waiting to release just as many secrets as she is. There are so many romantic dramas that climax at an “Oh, I should have probably told you this before” moment. Well, this one has more moving layers and twists.

Each character has an affective representation. Pattinson left his Twilight fangs at home and begs to be taken seriously. This film shows more of his acting abilities, and yes, they do exist. He is dark spirited and death obsessed like a vampire, yet Tyler has a range of erratic qualities. His character’s relationship with his sister Caroline, played by the talented Ruby Jerins, is reminiscent of J.D. Salinger’s Holden Caulfield. The siblings meet in Central Park and wander to hide from a broken home. Caroline’s adolescence shows the horrifyingly realistic social interactions among young girls. Mr. Hawkins and Ally’s father (Chris Cooper) are the epitome of lonesome workaholics who are lost in the same world as their children. The characters reveal a haunting look at human behavior.

Coulter wants to represent realistic lives. The raw characters are living in equally realistic settings. From Mr. Hawkins’ sterile office to Tyler’s grimy apartment, Coulter oozes a modern realism. The only moments when this changes are during the opening flashbacks and when Tyler and Ally get intimate. Coulter probably had to throw in a couple lens flare lovemaking scenes for the Twilight fans.

It would have been too easy for Coulter to make a romantic drama with a star like Pattinson. Still, he delivers a far more intriguing film with genuine performances and poignant hints of realism. Remember Me is definitely memorable. It is another reminder to live your life so you aren’t forgotten. | Alice Telios

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