Peter Dinklage & Anton Yelchin star in this under-the-radar science fiction murder mystery, representing the light sci-fi sub-genre masterfully.
Rememory has come out of nowhere to delightfully please me, and in this blog post, I'm going to touch upon some of the reasons why.
For my #instafam that are looking for quick-hit opinions on films: 8.75 out of 10. There...There's your short movie review. Go watch it!
But if you prefer to savor your meals instead of just wolfing them down, read on to learn more about this light science fiction film distributed by Lionsgate Premiere—(one of the last films to feature our young Chekov from Star Trek, Anton Yelchin before his passing.)
Rememory was released last year to pretty negative reviews, but as the old saying goes, one man's trash is another man's treasure, and this sci-fi/mystery/drama sparkled brightly.
For starters, the film didn't pretend to be anything that it wasn't to appease anybody. We witness this sort of cinematic-skewing especially in advertising, where a film is portrayed as being a hardcore genre flick, only to represent light elements of any given genre in the final cut.
This is part of the reason why, among other reasons, other sci-fi realism has failed with me. The first such example that comes to mind is the Arrival movie starring Amy Adams.
Some critics have argued Rememory fails to satisfy viewers looking for sci-fi, mystery, or drama, but I don't see one damn reason why a movie can't strive to be a light blend of all three.
(Linkin Park was the first musical act to truly combine rock, electronica, and hip-hop, and the result was beautiful, multi-platinum-selling music that's adored by many.)
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Was Rememory Too Progressive For Mainstream Audiences and Critics Alike?
To me, the argument that Rememory is a genre-drifter with no proper self-identity is trivial and inconsequential, because whether we're discussing a film that combines various genres, or a hard sci-fi space opera, the storytelling (or lack thereof) (script, direction, effects, all of it) will be what determines a film's worth, and not how good of a job the movie does at representing any one specific type of movie.
With Dinklage, Yelchin, and several other cast members, the quality of the performances is high, which definitely adds another green check mark on Rememory's theatrical checklist.
The film never loses its light sci-fi roots, while simultaneously focusing on other types of storytelling. Obviously, it's no simple feat to blend genres like this, and IMHO, Rememory handles the job successfully and gracefully.
The tech is never tacky, the twists are well-timed and are delivered tastefully, and as we're all fully aware, care of Mr. Tyrion Lannister, Peter Dinklage's acting is so powerful it sometimes blurs the lines between cinematography and reality.
Rememory has a personal touch with a few conversations between characters that would ordinarily come off as long-winded but don't, because again, Mr. Dinklage is able to execute first-person storytelling effortlessly, making these scenes add value to the film, rather than dead weight.
In the film's final scenes, when Sam Bloom (Peter Dinklage's character) has an emotionally gut-wrenching convo with the widow he's befriended, you'll find yourself biting your fingernails as your "allergies" flair up. (Tough guy talk for getting teary-eyed!)
Fair warning, in the grand scheme of things, Rememory's pacing does skew toward the slow side of things, but only by a hair. So if you're looking for explosions, gun fire, or fist fights, keep scrolling through that streaming thumbnail feed.
Rememory is a thinking person's movie. One that raises small questions as well as massive ones, so there's even a dash of psychological and metaphysical contemplation to accompany this movie, which to me is simply icing on a sci-fi cake.
Some films are drastically better than their box office proceeds, and some films aren't well received initially and go on to become far more appreciated films down the road. I believe Rememory has the potential to become such a film.
Main Image: Lionsgate Premiere