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Remember Me: Easily Forgettable
Robert Pattinson steps outside his Twilight Vampire shell in this romantic drama of a troubled young man who falls in love with the equally troubled Ally (de Ravin). Despite its attractive cast featuring major stars such as Bronson and Cooper, Remember Me does little to be remembered.
Tyler (Pattinson) is a young man struggling to come to terms with his brother's suicide and his turbulent relationship with his millionaire businessman father (Brosnan). He constantly gets into trouble and lacks direction in his life until he meets Ally, who, for some reason, is able to get beneath the armour and touch Tyler in a way he had never thought possible.
Of course, Ally comes with baggage too, namely her overprotective detective father (Cooper), who only further complicates her relationship with Tyler. Supporting characters like Tyler’s younger sister Caroline and his best friend Aidan provide fodder to the plot.
The film reaches its climax when the complex characters’ lives all tumultuously intertwine, allowing for the characters to develop and show growth. Sadly, the film’s abrupt ending gives an overly dramatic and unnecessary twist to the story, leaving viewers scratching their heads as to why this direction was chosen.
Despite the believable chemistry between Pattinson and de Ravin, their performances can do little to move the film forward. At times, one feels it is an even slower version of a Nicolas Sparks novel that attempts to touch, make one laugh and create a sense that love can overcome all. The Nicholas Sparks similarity is especially unfortunate, since his latest film adaptation Dear John was released at the same time as Remember Me and may confuse viewers with its very similar dramatic theme (we won’t spoil the ending for you).
Overall, Remember Me is a decent attempt to crawl into the space held by the Sparks' novels of love against the odds. In essence, the purpose of the film is dedicated to the idea of living in the now; and encourages viewers to stop searching for answers in the past and move forward.
This is a perfect date film; if your idea of a perfect date is to have your companion sobbing uncontrollably at the end of the film. Remember Me is still very much a teen flick that will undoubtedly attract hoards of Twilight fans. However, don’t expect this to be in the same world as The Notebook, as the direction leaves just too much to be desired.
Mechanic: Resurrection, an unexpected sequel to 2011’s The Mechanic - a remake of the 1972 original which didn’t quite receive glowing reviews to begin with - offers the right kind of platform for Jason Statham’s already well established and very specific brand of action. However, while there are genuine moments of thrills to be had, Mechanic: Resurrection’s needlessly complicated and, at times, ridiculous storyline does get a little heavy-handed, turning the story into a relatively entertaining but helplessly cheesy action romp.
The story introduces us to Arthur Bishop (Statham); a retired contract killer who has decided to fall off the grid and live out a relatively quiet life in Brazil. However, his peaceful existence is soon disrupted when a group of associates, sent by his long-time enemy and prominent arms dealer Riah Craine (Hazeldine), threaten to uncover his location to the people who presume him dead unless he agrees to perform three hit jobs for Craine.
Managing to escape, Arthur flees to his home in Thailand where he soon comes across Gina (Alba), whom he manages to save from the hands of her abusive boyfriend, Frank (Quintavalle). From there, murmurings of a romance begin to bud, but not all is what it seems as Artur realises that Craine isn't too far away, even in Thailand.
Just how much you will enjoy this latest Statham-extravaganza solely depends on how much love you have for the man himself. As expected, the forty-nine-year-old star is reliable as ever and completely devoted to the action stunts required and even though there is nothing new on offer – we’ve seen him do this stuff before - he still manages to keep things interesting. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for his co-stars who are either given very little to do - we’re looking at you Ms. Alba - or don’t know how to handle the material given - see Hazeldine as the bland villain.
In terms of story itself, it takes a little bit time for the action to get rolling and while audiences will probably get a kick out of the various action set pieces and dangerous situations that Bishop finds himself in the plot, scripted by Phillip Shelby and Tony Mosher, boasts a certain degree of absurdity which might be difficult to swallow. Additionally, the romance between Statham and Alba feels forced and when things go awry, it’s difficult to become fully connected with the situation and the stakes.
All in all, Mechanic: Resurrection is a relatively fun, but by-the-numbers Statham action flick which is capable of offering a good time, but only if you go in knowing what to expect.
Originally titled In the Deep, there’s a lot to love about Jaume Collet-Serra’s slightly cheesy but relatively solid and beautifully photographed killer-shark movie, The Shallows. With franchises like Sharknado having turned this once terrifying concept - see Jaws - into a cartoonish spectacle, The Shallows reaffirms the genre’s position on the scare-o-meter and brings with it the feeling of dread and terror of the deep blue sea.
The story follows Nancy (Lively); a med-student from Texas who is on holiday searching for a beach that her recently deceased mother spoke very fondly of. With her travel-buddy off doing other stuff, Nancy is left to her own devices and with the help of a friendly local, Carlos (Jaenada), soon makes her way to the secret beach.
Arriving to what can only be described as heaven on earth, Nancy wastes no time before diving into the blue waters. However, her blissful afternoon of sun, sea and sand is soon cut short by an arrival of a vicious Great White shark who was drawn to the bay by a dead whale. Having taken a bite out of her leg, Nancy is forced to stay perched up on a rock formation and must find a way to save her own life before being swept away by the high tide that is soon coming in.
With the exception of a handful of supporting characters, The Shallows is a one-woman show with Lively - most popular for her role as Serena van der Woodsen in Gossip Girl - showing a surprising amount of versatility and skill in carrying the movie through on her own and offers a lot more than what one would expect from this kind of set-up – a shot of her witnessing something terrifying off-screen is a particular highlight.
Things get off to an ominous start with a two-minute Skype call between the lead and her father spelling out a little too much to the audience, meaning there's no character-building throughout the film. But Collet-Serra manages, quite successfully, to build up enough dread leading up to the attack, inducing the picturesque scenes with enough anxiety and fear to keep audiences on edge. The CGI is mostly spot-on - although there are scenes where its presence is painfully obvious - and the gore is relatively effective.
It’s no Jaws by any means, but there’s still enough atmosphere in The Shallows the the end result is a surprisingly and effectively constructed summer-thriller.