Director: Allen Coulter
Warning: Spoilers (and I spill the ending!)
It’s Friday, which means it’s time for my weekly post. This week, I’m reviewing the movie Remember Me. I’m going to be quite honest here. I only got this movie because Robert Pattinson was in. I had no idea what the plot was, but I’d seen the trailer.
This movie takes place the summer of 2001 in New York City. Robert portrays a college student named Tyler Hawkins, whose relationship with his father is strained due to a tragedy. He really doesn’t care about much of anything, and the only person who can make him smile is his eleven-year-old sister Caroline. He lives in an apartment with a friend named Aidan.
The movie opens up with a little girl (later revealed to be named Ally) (Emilie De Ravin) and her mother waiting for the train. Two guys approach and Ally’s mom hands over her purse. It’s not to save her, though, because one of the muggers shoots her.
Fast-forward to 2001. After being convinced by Aidan to have a little fun, he and Tyler go to a bar and they wind up in jail, after Tyler’s face is all beat up because of the cop who handcuffed him. Tyler’s father Charles (Pierce Brosnan) bails him out of the jail, and the next day Tyler goes to Charles’ office and says he didn’t call him. When Charles says Tyler could do worse than having a father who bails him out of jail, Tyler says he doesn’t want to be bailed out of anything, and he leaves.
Back at their apartment, Aidan is telling Tyler that the cop who busted his face has a daughter, and Tyler says he doesn’t care. Aidan isn’t taking no for an answer, though, and he takes Tyler to NYU, and when they see the girl, Tyler remarks that he’s seen her before, because they’re in the same global politics class. Tyler goes over to talk to her, saying he needs her help for a “survey,” and he says he has this theory that you can judge how much of an asshole someone is. The girl introduces herself as Ally, and Tyler says that to thank Ally for her help in his “survey” he’ll buy her dinner.
So on their date, Ally orders dessert before dinner. When Tyler questions her, she says that if she dies that night, she’ll want to have eaten the food she wanted the most. From the restaurant, they go to a carnival, where Tyler plays a game to get Ally the giant panda. Unfortunately, he sucks at the game, and ends up paying the attendant for the panda. Tyler says he won, but Ally says that’s cheating.
Predictiably, they fall in love, and Aidan talks the two of them into going to a bar with him. Aidan says one drink, but it obviously turns into much more, because in the next scène, Aidan, Tyler, and Ally are back at the guys’ apartment, and Ally’s throwing up.
The “tragedy” that spilt up the family is revealed to be Tyler’s older brother Michael who committed suicide by hanging himself. Having seen her mom get shot, Ally knows what it feels like to loss an important family member, and she doesn’t really say anything because she understands his pain.
Meanwhile, Caroline gets invited to a classmate’s birthday party, where she ends up getting her hair cut off by the mean girls in her class. When Tyler takes her to school, classmates make fun of her hair, and Tyler—who won’t put up with anyone harassing his sister—gets so angry he vandalizes the classroom. Teacher calls the cops, and Tyler goes to jail for a second time. Charles bails him out again, and this time Tyler thanks him.
I’m not going to give anything else away, but in the end, Tyler dies. He’s in Charles’s office, waiting for him, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks kill him.
I really liked this movie, but when Tyler’s grave was shown, I was bawling my damn eyes out. This movie is rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content, language, and smoking. I especially loved the relationship between Tyler and Caroline.
So even though this movie was sad, I still give it five stars out of five. A must-see.
So this was my weekly post, and I hope you decide to see the movie. I’ll update again February 4th.