Remember Me

Directed by Allen Coulter

REVIEWED BY MARGARET AGNEW
Last updated 05:00 09/06/2010

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This romantic-drama relies almost entirely on the premise that you will find Twilight heart-throb Robert Pattinson broodingly charming and utterly captivating.

Luckily, in the moments when he's not downright annoying, he is moodily attractive in a young Marlon Brando kind of way. Or is he trying to channel James Dean? Possibly both.

Either way, our young rebel without a cause is in a state of flux after he meets a girl for all the wrong reasons and unexpectedly falls for her. A poor little rich boy, chain- smoking serial brooder Tyler Hawkins (Pattinson) has gone into a zombie-like state of inactivity years after the suicide of his older brother. He kind of works at a bookstore and casually attends university, but spends a lot of his time brooding, writing to his dead sibling, and agonising over why his distant tycoon dad (Pierce Brosnan) doesn't pay more attention to his little sister.

One night he gets caught up in a street brawl and is roughed up for stupidity by a detective (Chris Cooper) who just happens to be the father of a pretty girl in his ethics class. Tyler asks Ally (Emilie de Ravin) out on a dare, but she might just be the best thing that's happened to him.

Ally has also suffered a traumatic death in her family, her mother murdered by muggers on the subway in front of her when she was just 11. Thus, her overly protective father isn't thrilled when she forgets to come home one night, despite the fact that she's now 21.

Tyler's nihilistic youth can become a little laughable at times with lines that seem designed for a Brando spoof.

An example -

Tyler: "I'm undecided."

Ally: "About what?"

Tyler: "Everything."

Near the very end, this film has a wildly dramatic twist that some will find startling, others will find startlingly obvious and others will find ridiculously manipulative and even cheap. I shan't tell you what it is, as that would be a terrible spoiler, but those who feel inclined to spoil it for themselves can look it up on the internet.

Basically, Remember Me morphs from melodramatic student love affair into something else entirely. The twist changed the essence of the entire film, and made it even schmaltzier than it already was.

I quite enjoyed the first half of the film, but it lost direction in the second hour and could have done without the lengthy and rather unnecessary ending. My niece, who is more of the Twilight generation, rated it * * * 1/2.

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