“Remember Me“, starring Robert Pattinson, is a moody, morbid romantic drama that’s hard to appreciate even if you’re a die-hard fan of the “Twilight” star.
Pattinson isn’t playing anything close to a vampire, and yet manages to drain the energy out of you with his brooding, affected performance as Tyler, a troubled young NYC student, rebelling against his wealthy father (played by Pierce Brosnan) in the wake of his brother’s suicide. After he gets into a scrape with a cop one night, Tyler is persuaded by his friend to seek revenge on the officer by asking his daughter out and dumping her when she begins to like him.
Emilie de Ravin plays Ally, the subject of this revenge prank who, as you may have guessed, Tyler genuinely falls for. The couple warms to each other, and for a moment you think she might be the person who could save Tyler from his self-destructive streak, except that she’s got trauma issues of her own, having witnessed her mother’s murder as a child.
Instead of lightening the other’s load and helping each other come to terms with their loss, the couple seems to drag each other down into a self-indulgent whirl of despair, which seldom makes for attractive viewing.
Anchored by a script that’s gloomy for the most part, yet resorts to absurd melodramatics every now and then, “Remember Me” is an indulgent, tiresome watch not least because of all the emotional baggage its characters carry around.
Robert Pattinson plays mixed-up and misunderstood convincingly, but his angst-ridden outbursts are more laughable than anything else. The only moments that don’t appear contrived in this film are the scenes between Tyler and his little sister that are handled with marked subtlety.
The rest of the film unfortunately is buried under a shroud of fake profundity, making it an ordeal to endure, especially if you were expecting a simple enough, young love-story. The climax, in particular, which involves a major national tragedy, feels exploitative and offensive, and is indeed the final nail in the coffin.
I’m going with one-and-a-half out of five for “Remember Me“; it’s the kind of film that’s likely to be soon forgotten.
Contributed by Rajeev Masand