Remember Me (2010 film)

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Remember Me
Remember me film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Allen Coulter
Produced by Nicholas Osborne
Trevor Engelson
Erik Feig
Robert Pattinson[1]
Written by Will Fetters
Starring Robert Pattinson
Emilie de Ravin
Chris Cooper
Lena Olin
Pierce Brosnan
Martha Plimpton
Tate Ellington
Ruby Jerins
Music by Marcelo Zarvos
Cinematography Jonathan Freeman
Edited by Andrew Mondshein
Production
  company
Underground Films
Distributed by Summit Entertainment
Release date(s)
  • March 12, 2010 (2010-03-12)
Running time 108 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $16 million[2]
Box office $56,032,889[2]

Remember Me is a 2010 American romantic coming of age drama film directed by Allen Coulter, and screenplay by Will Fetters. It stars Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, Chris Cooper, Lena Olin, and Pierce Brosnan.[3][4]

Plot[edit]

In 1991, a 12-year-old girl named Alyssa "Ally" Craig is with her mother on the New York City Subway platform, on the F Line at 18th Avenue and McDonald Avenue elevated station in Brooklyn. Suddenly, she witnesses her mother being murdered by muggers. She is scarred from the events, never going to the subway again.

Ten years after her mother's death, a 21-year-old Ally (Emilie De Ravin) is a student at NYU. She lives at home with her overprotective father, Neil (Chris Cooper), a NYPD detective who worries that she is becoming independent and will run into danger.

Tyler Hawkins (Robert Pattinson) is a moody, directionless, yet good-moraled 21-year-old, who is auditing classes at NYU and working in the university bookstore. He has had a strained relationship with his businessman father, Charles (Pierce Brosnan), since his brother Michael's suicide. Tyler now writes to Michael in his diary. Charles appears to ignore his youngest child, Caroline (Ruby Jerins), of whom Tyler is very protective, walking her to school every day. His closest friend is his roommate Aidan (Tate Ellington).

One night, Tyler and Aidan are hanging out and get in trouble with Neil, who arrests Tyler. Charles bails out Tyler. Later, Aidan sees Neil dropping Ally off at NYU, realizing that she is his daughter. He decides to retaliate against the detective by persuading Tyler to sleep with and ultimately dump Ally. Tyler reluctantly agrees to meet her. After spending time together, Ally and Tyler bond over the losses in their lives and begin to fall in love. After Ally sleeps over at Tyler's house, she and her father have a fight over it, ending with Neil hitting her in the face. Ally, disgusted, moves in with Tyler and Aidan. Meanwhile, Caroline, who is a budding artist, is featured in an art show. Tyler tries to convince his father to attend the show, but he goes away on business. Tyler angrily confronts him after the show, which drives a further wedge between the two.

Later, Neil's partner recognizes Tyler with Ally on a train coming from a beach holiday with his family. Neil breaks into Tyler's apartment and confronts Tyler. Tyler provokes Neil by confessing to Aidan's plan and his initial reason for meeting Ally, which in turn forces Tyler to confess everything to Ally. She leaves him angrily and returns to her father's home. Also, Caroline is bullied by a group of classmates at a birthday party; they cut her hair off, and when they tease her in front of Tyler, he turns violent and ends up in jail again. Charles is impressed that Tyler stood up for his sister, and they begin to reconnect.

Tyler and Ally remain alienated and away from each other until Aidan visits her to explain that only he is to blame, and that Tyler was sincerely in love with her. They are then shown to be back together, as they walk with Caroline in the park. Later, Charles asks Tyler to meet with him and his lawyers at his office. Charles takes Caroline to school and is late, so Tyler waits in his office, where he sees, on Charles's computer, a screensaver of pictures of Tyler, Michael, and Caroline when they were younger, showing that he cares for them.

After Charles drops Caroline off at school, she sits in her classroom, where the teacher writes the date on the blackboard as September 11, 2001. Tyler looks out at Manhattan from the window of his father's office— which is located in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Once the 9/11 terrorist attacks begin, the rest of the family (along with Aidan and Ally) look, horrified, at the towers before the camera pans over the rubble, showing Tyler's diary. In a voice-over of his diary, Tyler reveals to Michael that he loves him, and he forgives him for killing himself. Tyler is buried next to Michael.

Some time later, Caroline and Charles seem to have a healthy father-daughter relationship. Aidan, who has since gotten a tattoo of Tyler's name on his arm, is working hard in school and Ally is finally taking the subway again, after having avoided it since her mother's death. The film ends as she looks at the camera with a sad smile.

Cast[edit]

Premiere[edit]

The film premiered on March 1, 2010 at the Paris Theatre in New York City,[5] and received its wide release on March 12, 2010. It is rated 12A in the UK and PG13 in the USA.

Home release[edit]

Summit Entertainment announced the DVD and Blu-ray release of June 22, 2010.[6]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The film currently holds a "Rotten" rating of 27% based on 108 reviews on the film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. The site's consensus states, "Its leads are likeable, but Remember Me suffers from an overly maudlin script and a borderline offensive final twist."[7] It also holds a "mixed or average" score of 40 out of 100 on Metacritic.[8]

Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive review, stating the "scenes between Pattinson and de Ravin exude genuine charm." Honeycutt goes on to say that the score and cinematography brought "notable sparkle to this heartfelt drama."[9] Roger Ebert generally liked the film, giving it three out of four stars and characterizing it as a "well-made movie. I cared about the characters. I felt for them. Liberate them from the plot's destiny, which is an anvil around their necks, and you might have something" but goes on to say it "tries to borrow profound meaning, but succeeds only in upstaging itself so overwhelmingly that its characters become irrelevant".[10]

Jake Coyle of The Associated Press did not favor the film and said the "most pleasing thing about [the film] is its boldness. It may be affected, but [it] is at least aiming for an intriguing character study — a positive sign in the young career of Pattinson" whom he says steps away from "Twilight, apparently in search of his Five Easy Pieces or Rebel Without a Cause."[11] Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a D+, calling it a "shameless contraption of ridiculously sad things befalling attractive people". Schwarzbaum was also critical of Pattinson's acting and the script.[12] Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe gave the film a half star out of four, commenting that the film "crassly repurposes tragedy to excuse its cliches."[13] Other critics also found the movie's invocation of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center offensive and exploitative, such as Lisa Kennedy of the Denver Post: "The finale manages to be tasteful and exploitative at the same time. It touts forgiveness while being mildly infuriating. Such is the danger of borrowing from the enormous to merely entertain. If that. Forgettable should be the last thing a movie touching on the events of 9/11 should be. Yet 'Remember Me' is just that."[14]

Box office[edit]

Remember Me opened in fifth place,[15] behind Alice in Wonderland, Green Zone, She's Out of My League, and Shutter Island. It grossed $8,089,139 in its first weekend. As of July 6, Remember Me accumulated a total of $56,032,889 at the box office.

Accolades[edit]

Year Ceremony Award Result
2010 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Drama Nominated
Choice Movie Actor: Drama – Robert Pattinson Won
Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Star – Robert Pattinson Nominated
Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Actor – Robert Pattinson Nominated

Soundtrack[edit]

The official Remember Me soundtrack was released on March 9, 2010. A score soundtrack was also released which was composed by Marcelo Zarvos. The movie consisted of 26 credited songs,[16] while the soundtrack 14 of them, including songs by Sigur Rós, The Beta Band, Ani Difranco, Supergrass and National Skyline. A Pakistani song, Saason ki Mala Peh Simroon by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was also heard in the movie when Tyler takes Alley on their first date at Gandhi Restaurant.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Claudia Puig (March 12, 2010). "Forget 'Twilight': Pattinson is at his best in 'Remember Me'". USA Today. Retrieved March 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Remember Me (2010)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ Amy Wilkinson (January 19, 2009). "Remember Me Star Emilie De Ravin On Robert Pattinson: "We Had Instant Great Chemistry"". MTV.com. Retrieved January 20, 2010. 
  4. ^ "‘Remember Me’ Filming Locations for July 6th & 7th". OnLocationVacations.com. July 5, 2009. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ "'Remember Me': Robert Pattinson makes Fallon swoon, Kristen Stewart walks the red carpet". Los Angeles Times. 2010-03-02. Retrieved 2010-11-25. 
  6. ^ "Remember Me DVD, Blu-ray (2010) Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin". MovieNewz.com. 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  7. ^ "Remember Me Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  8. ^ Remember Me Reviews, Ratings, Credits. Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-11-25.
  9. ^ Lister, Joan (March 9, 2010). "Robert Pattinson’s REMEMBER ME: Thumbs Up from THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER". Alt Film Guide. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  10. ^ Roger Ebert (2010-03-10). "'Remember Me' Review". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  11. ^ Jake Coyle (March 10, 2010). "Review: Pattinson still brooding in `Remember Me'". Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  12. ^ Lisa Schwarzbaum (March 10, 2010). "Remember Me". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  13. ^ Wesley Morris (March 12, 2010). "Pattinson in a brood for love". The Boston Globe. Retrieved March 12, 2010. 
  14. ^ Reesman, Bryan (15 March 2010). "Controversial "Remember Me" Ending Dividing Critics and Audiences". Moviefone. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  15. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for March 12–14, 2010". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  16. ^ "Remember Me Soundtrack". What-Song.com. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 

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