Remember Me (2010) directed by Allan Coulter; written by Will Fetters.
Posted by celticman on Tue, 16 Apr 2013
Tyler Hawkins (Robert Pattison) and Ally Craig (Emilie de Ravin) get togehter for all the wrong reasons but turn out to the be the right reasons. It starts literally with a bang. Ally's mum is shot in a subway mugging, whilst she looks on. Ally's dad (Chris Cooper) by one of those film script quirks is a cop that pulls back the sheet on his wife's body. Flash forward ten years. Tyler is the kind of guy that kicks his latest conquest out of bed so that he can go back to writing in his notebook and reading poetry. Well, maybe not poety, he's not that deranged, but he does work in a bookshop whilst studying the undefinable subject at his local college/school/university. His father is that old James Bond figure Pierce Bronson who is shown in boardrooms too busy to care about his kids. Tyler's older brother, whom he idealised has committed suicide. In some ways father and son do look alike. Pierce is classically handsome, Pattison has got a longer wolfish face—although he didn't maul or feel the need to eat anybody here-- but he did get into a couple of fist fights, and he does have eyebrows that should be out making a living on a day job. In one of these fights he gets arrested and beaten up by Ally's dad. He doesn't swear revenge. He's too cool for that, but when his roomate and best buddy Leo (Chris McKinney) pressurises him into dating that kind of beautiful girl quietly sitting in the corner reading a book, that happens to be the cop's beloved daughter, then he kinda goes along with it, in the way that cool kids do. Tyler has also got a precocious sister Ruby (Caroline Jenkins) who although she's got a loving mother, stepfather, and brother really needs her paternal dad. The best scene in the film was when Tyler talks Caroline into going to a party that her eleven year old classmates of a prestigious school have invited her to. She's being bullied, but he says it'll be ok. I squirmed in my seat for her. It's not of course and Ruby has a mini-breakdown (only adults are allowed major breakdowns). Tyler does what Tyler does juts his jaw out and breaks a window in the classroom with a fire extinguisher. Pierce with his big money, good looks and lawyers smooths it all out, but will he ever understand how much his precocious daughter needs him. Yeh, well, the teacher writes 9/11 on the blackboard. Tyler's in dad's office at his work. Dad has taken his kid to school. Poor Tyler. Poor us. An entertaining film killed off by hubris.
'On learning about powerful love, respond, be moved
like an aesthete. Only, fortunate as you've been,
remember how much your imagination created for you.
This first, and then the rest-the lesser loves-
that you experienced and enjoyed
in your life: the more real and tangible.
Of love like those you were not deprived.'
C.P.Cavafy (1911) translated from Alexandrian Greek.