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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.
First, it’s important to establish that we cannot place the blame in its entirety on Ramez Galal for his sadistic show. A big part of the blame should fall on us, the viewers, who eagerly wait for pranks and spike the show’s ratings, even reaching the point where café owners will blast these shows on large TVs to attract customers. It’s time to admit that there’s a sadist in all of us.
The premise of the show is a guest will come in to film an episode about the World Cup on a zodiac boat out at sea. The boat malfunctions, one of the presenters dives in to see what’s wrong, and the events quickly escalate to the boat sinking with the guest and a fake shark attack.
In the episode with Rania Mahmoud Yassin and Mohamed Riad, it’s interesting to point out that the boat didn’t sink entirely, and Rania kept a firm clutch on her sunglasses in a situation where any normal person would’ve let go of his/her belongings in exchange for safety. We ignored these points at first, but after several mentions on TV and by other viewers, we couldn’t help but wonder.
The show comes with a lot of legal issues this year, of which, a case that Athar El Hakim filed against Galal, banning her episode from airing, under the pretence that the prank extremely frightened her. The truth behind that is in question, after a video of her discussing her pay for the episode was leaked. Other legal issues concerning the show include damage to marine life from planting metal poles to support the hidden cameras.
Because nothing is black and white, it’s important to admit Galal’s sense of humour and experience, especially when it’s imitated by an artist like Mohamed Fouad in his show “Fo’sh Fil Mo’askar”, a stale and completely void of humour prank show.
We have to admit, we were impressed by the shark boat Galal uses to rescue the guests. He is a smart actor who was able to establish himself within Ramadan TV and create shows that people wait for year to year.
The sequel to the 2012’s sleeper hit, Think Like a Man, is unfortunately, not as smart or funny as it thinks it is. Based on the bestselling relationship-advice book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, the story seems to have taken on more than it can handle and as a result, ends up bringing in a whole load of concern and very little excitement.
Set in L.A – before travelling down to Las Vegas - Think Like a Man Too follows the story of four male friends; Dominic, (Ealy), a dreamer and aspiring chef who becomes involved with the career-obsessed Lauren (Henson). Michael, (Jenkins), a real Mamma’s Boy whose unusual attachment to his widowed mother, Loretta (Lewis) is causing concern with his current girlfriend – and wife-to-be - Candace (Hall). Zeke (Malco), a serious player and a true ladies man who is forced to try and court Mya (Good). Jeremy (Ferrara), a man who has been in a relationship with Kristen (Union) for over nine years, but is refusing to grow up and pop the question, and finally, there is Cedric (Hart); the divorced guy who enjoys dishing out advice and provides the necessary insights into the workings of a woman’s mind.
So, when the girls stumble upon a new self-help book - written by comedian and game-host, Steve Harvey - they decide it’s time to turn the tables on their respective partners, but it’s not long before the men figure out what is going on and begin doing the same thing.
Directed by Tim Story - see Barbershop or any of the Fantastic Four movies – and written by Keith Merryman and David A. Newman, Think Like a Man Too appears overworked, disjointed and a little timeworn. There is very little comedy hiding beneath the neon lights of the infamous Sin City, and although the characters shared a decent amount of chemistry on screen – special nods to Hart who ends up carrying most of the comedy as the bitter and “knowledgeable’ divorcee – but, there are just too many of them to keep up with, let alone fully connect to.
Think Like a Man Too is neither ground-breaking nor completely dreadful; relatively funny but overly long and a little loose, the movie offers too many storylines - and very little relationship advice - but not enough story, or focus, to see any of them through until the end.