Movie Review: Remember Me
Cast: Robert Pattinson as Tyler Hawkins, Emilie de Ravin as Ally Craig, Ruby Jerins as Caroline Hawkins, Chris Cooper as Sergeant Neil Craig, Pierce Brosnan as Charles Hawkins, and Tate Ellington as Aidan Hall.
The movie starts out with a scene in a subway in 1991 then fast forwards ten years; but I am going to skip that because it was slightly (very slightly) irrelevant unless you absolutely care about every single detail in a movie. In which case I will mention that Ally Craig is a child and her mother is with her at a subway, they get mugged and the mother gets shot which leads to Ally never wanting to take a subway again. Back to the above screenshot, Tyler Hawkins is meeting with his family at his brother's, Michael, grave. Michael committed suicide which led to Tyler falling into a deep depression. This is obvious as his sister (pictured above) Caroline tells him that he smells like beer and cigarettes. The movie then continues to Tyler portraying the typical nostalgic college student who just wants things to be okay again. He ends up going out with his roommate, Aidan, when they both meet two girls from Miami. While the four of them are walking through an alley, Tyler notices a fight break out in the middle of the alleyway. He then walks over and begins to punch the men who jumped out of a car to pick a fight. Aidan then gets involved and before they know it, the cops are involved. Did I mention that Ally's dad is the cop that shows up to the fight?
So, Tyler and Aidan are thrown into jail but then Aidan calls Tyler's dad which is a terrible mistake. Why? Tyler hates his dad because he thinks he is the most inconsiderate and pathetic man to set foot on the planet. After the boys are bailed out and they return to class, Aidan sees Ally and her father in the car together. He then puts two and two together to figure out that if Tyler woos her, he may be dropped from the charges. So, of course, Tyler takes the idea into consideration and decides to approach Ally.
When Tyler meets Ally, she tries her best to get rid of him. By that I mean she doesn't necessarily flirt back but she does accept his offer for a dinner date. They end up going to dinner then to the fair where Tyler ends up catching feelings for Ally. He invites her over to his apartment where they get drunk and cook together only to lead to Ally throwing up in his toilet. She ends up going back home in the morning where her father is extremely upset and asks her where she has been. They end up arguing and within 5 minutes, Ally gets slapped by her father. She storms out of the house and returns to Tyler's apartment where he welcomes her with open arms. As the movie continues, Tyler begins to fall in love with Ally and he has no intentions of stopping himself or leaving.
Ally is invited to have dinner with Tyler and his family where she meets Caroline. Caroline is Tyler's pride and joy, almost like his own daughter. So for Caroline to tell Ally that Tyler is crazy about her means it must be true. Caroline is also a very artistic girl who draws better than half of the students at my school. When Tyler returns to his apartment, Ally's dad is sitting on his bed. They begin to argue and it leads to them fighting and Tyler being choked nearly to death until Neil backs away and tells Tyler to come clean to Ally about his actual intentions with her. When Tyler sees Ally again, he tells her why he approached her that afternoon in the library. He mentions how the black eye was from her father and he was arrested the night before they met. Ally storms out of his apartment this time and returns home to her insane father.
Aidan manages to get Ally to meet Tyler and clear the air with what had happened between them. Tyler admits that he had feelings for her and that, although what he did was wrong, he does not regret approaching her. How cute. Tyler invites her to stay the night and they end up going back to how they were. The two of them end up going to Caroline's art show where everyone except his father shows up. He becomes furious and grabs the drawing of his father and races to his fathers office. After Tyler and his father argue back and forth (almost get into a fist fight), Tyler walks out and returns to his girlfriend.
The next morning, Tyler gets a call from his dad. Charles tells Tyler that he is taking Caroline to school which brings absolute joy to Tyler. He tells Charles that he will go to his office to talk about the meeting he will have with his lawyer and how much it will cost.
Here is where the movie takes a dramatic turn. Throughout the film, Tyler goes to his fathers office about 5 times. Not once did we see where Charles worked. In the beginning of the movie, Ally's mom is shot and killed. The year was 1991. Then there was a 10 year jump to the current time of the movie. So that means that the year is 2001. Guess where Charles Hawkins works.. guess who is not in his office.. guess what day it is.
The entire movie you think that it is going to be about some guy who does not get close to anyone because he is afraid of losing them just like he lost his brother. Instead, the movie is about making choices that change everything around you while not having any significance at all. What I mean by that is, when you die, everything you did will only be remembered for so long. Some people are remembered forever and others are forgotten in the rubble or not heard of at all.
"Gandhi said that whatever you do in life will be insignificant, but it's very important that you do it because nobody else will. Like when someone comes into your life and half of you says: "You're nowhere near ready". And the other half says: "Make her yours forever". Michael, Caroline asked me what would I say if I knew you could hear me. I said: "I do know. I love you. God, I miss you, and I forgive you."