Just when we thought our tear ducts could rest until the next Twilight installment, Robert Pattinson strikes again! This time, though, he’s sporting a normal set of teeth. Summit Entertainment presents Will Fetters’ debut screenplay, Remember Me, directed by Allen Coutler – also starring Emilie de Ravin, Chris Cooper, Lena Olin, Tate Ellington, and Pierce Bronsan.
Check out the review below…
- Director: Allen Coutler
- Writer: Will Fetters
- Cast: Robert Pattinson, Pierce Brosnan, Emilie de Ravin, Chris Cooper, Lena Olin, Tate Ellington
Pattinson plays Tyler, a student at NYU, who’s currently coping with the regularities of college-y existence, and the aftermath of his brother’s suicide that has inspired much family turbulence. de Ravin plays Ally, the daughter of a cop who arrests Tyler and his putz of a roommate, Aiden, for getting involved in a bar fight. She, too, goes to NYU, and what better way to get back at a cop then to scam on his daughter? This practical joke evolves into something substantial, and Remember Me develops into a very realistic portrait of love, family, and everyday existence.
- The Writing: A bar fight is what allegedly inspired Fetters to write this piece. No previous writing experience, no college-degree in film – just a normal guy with a story to tell. This, perhaps, could account for his perfectly ordinary characters and their all too familiar conflicts. The dialogue is both sadly and laughably reminiscent of conversations we’ve all had with our families, lovers, and friends. There’s a quality to Fetters’ writing that captures the audience quite effortlessly, because the moment we can relate, we’re hooked.
- Theme: ***SPOILER ALERT***The film ends with Tyler inside of The World Trade Center on 9/11, seconds before the first plane hits. The bulk of the film highlights the every day tragedies of the common man that we, in some capacity, can modify with effort. This idea of recognizing what we can control versus what is indisputably out of our hands (in this case 9/11) resonates immensely with the audience.***SPOILER ALERT END***
- Acting: I’m not quite sure what planet Robert Pattinson was on while this film was shot, but it certainly wasn’t earth. He’s totally removed from his surroundings. It’s as if he’s in his own movie, and the other characters are subtle accessories who’ve been hired to adorn his performance. He’s talking, and smiling, and smoking – but there’s very little life or chemistry in any of the handful of relationships he’s in. De Ravin was equally disappointing, and visibly unsure of every word that came out of her mouth -as if she was still in rehearsal, stretching to find some inspiration but embellishing most of it.
- Acting Part B: Fetters’ writing is a playground for any young artist. Not because tackling these roles should be particularly challenging/exciting for the average actor, but because his writing offers the rare gift of realism – something we seldom see in a film about young love. Pattinson and de Ravin had the opportunity to reinforce a crucial message, and portray people who could undoubtedly move an audience based simply on their realistic nature. And they blew it.
We’ve got great writing and a great message butchered by less-than-great actors. It’s that simple.