Movie Review: REMEMORY

REMEMORY film print | ©2017 Lionsgate

REMEMORY film print | ©2017 Lionsgate

Rating: PG-13
Stars: Peter Dinklage, Julia Ormond, Martin Donovan, Henry Ian Cusick, Anton Yelchin, Evelyne Brochu
Writers: Mark Palansky Mike Vukadinovich
Director: Mark Palansky
Distributor: Lionsgate
Release Date: Sep 8 (theatrical), Aug 24 (VOD)

REMEMORY revisits a versatile sci-fi premise: what if memories could be available and played back? Films as different as TOTAL RECALL and STRANGE DAYS have employed this idea. In REMEMORY, scientist Gordon Dunn (Martin Donovan) has grown a device that does this, that he intends to use for therapy. However, there are some unintended side effects that make some of his exam subjects unequivocally unhappy. Then there’s a matter of a alloy pity some of his subjects’ memories with a public, that during slightest one chairman views as a violation. When Dunn dies underneath questionable circumstances, Sam Bloom (Peter Dinklage) is dynamic to get to a bottom of it. We know that Sam is partly encouraged by his enterprise to use a device himself in sequence to interpret elements of a personal tragedy he can't recall.

Dinklage is one of those actors who could make a self-evident reading of a phone book riveting. He precisely carries REMEMORY, giving Sam wit, oddity and modulated anguish. He is ably upheld by a clever cast, with Julia Ormond a standout as Dunn’s wife. Other actors embody Henry Ian Cusick, Evelyne Brochu (of ORPHAN BLACK) and a late Anton Yelchin, who receives a loyalty during a film’s end.

However, REMEMORY’s screenplay, by Mark Palansky, who directed, Mike Vukadinovich, can’t make adult a mind how most it unequivocally wants to try a possess inventions. The judgment of being condemned by memories that won’t go divided is lifted though not unequivocally plumbed. By a end, it seems that characters who are aggrieved though don’t use a device seem no some-more or reduction anguished than those who do. It’s transparent what a Rememory complement can do for crime investigation, though a tract keeps erratic divided from both a advantages and dangers it can yield to a users’ romantic well-being.

This would be reduction of an emanate if a fortitude didn’t hinge on a hard-to-buy revelation; no matter how many proof pretzels we might try to combat it into, it seems unfit that certain characters could not know a essential square of information. This is so distracting that it derails most of what follows.

Director Palansky has a lot of fun with imagery, including dioramas, sidestep mazes and dim roads that are full of portent. He and co-writer Vukadinovich also yield a important series of suspects with motives and yield a non-obvious though thematically gratifying resolution to a poser Sam is investigating.

REMEMORY is value saying for Dinklage’s work, and it has some earnest notions, though a whole winds adult being reduction than a sum of a parts.

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