‘Rememory’ Review


Rememory is a sci-fi thriller set in a futuristic society. The plot centers around the mysterious death of scientific innovator, Gordon Dunn, who created technology that allows a person to extract their memories and watch them via an external device. Sam Bloom, portrayed by Peter Dinklage, sets out to try and solve Dunn’s murder by using this memory machine. As his investigation continues, a web of intrigue and deceit between Dunn, his family, and his patients are uncovered. The plot of the film is basic and reminiscent of the Black Mirror episode, “The Entire History of You,” and the 2004 science fiction thriller film, The Final Cut. Both also involved a machine that allowed people to view their memories and a story that ends with dire consequences. The best parts of the film were its use of futuristic technology and its color palate. When the characters view their respective memories, things seem a little brighter and more vivid, as if they are in a dream state. This shows a more intriguing use of editing as the characters return from viewing their memories and are seamlessly fused with reality. The technology is also more believable since it does not run perfectly and there are risks to using the technology because it is still in its beginning stages of development. The story is rather convoluted, droll, and slow, and it lost my attention at multiple points in the film. None of the characters are very likable, although I do not think that they were intended to be. I feel that Peter Dinklage’s portrayal of Sam’s angst and sorrow was on point, but his other aspects of the character were rarely explored. It was hard to believe that his character cared enough to solve the murder of Gordon Dunn, especially since it was not his initial priority when he retrieved the memory machine. It’s a shame that this film doesn’t show off Dinklage’s skill as an actor because I know how good he can act. The other actors in the film were about the same in that they were given minimal screen time and only served to further the plot. Most of what we saw was sadness. The subject matter tended to emote this way, but it was shown a little too much. The film lacked a good connective tissue to make us feel more for the characters. We would have cared more about the character’s sadness if we knew them better. In the end, a more polished script would have made this a good film. I give Rememory a Normal 5/10. It’s not the worst film I’ve seen, but it may be the most forgettable. That may be why it’s being offered for free via the Google Play Store. It’s a shame this may be the last film I see with Anton Yelchin in it, may he rest in peace.

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