What if we could keep all our memories forever? And not in the form of social media messages, but as a video that takes us back to the same point in our lives again and again at will? In only his second feature film REMEMORY Director Mark Palansky plays out this scenario – with deadly consequences! We reveal more about this in our review.
The Plot Summary
The famous scientist Gordon Dunn (Martin Donovan) has achieved an absolute breakthrough: with a small device that is able to store and play back human memories. But before he can even bring his groundbreaking product to the public, Dunn is found dead. The cause of death is a mystery and so the fate-stricken Sam Bloom (Peter Dinklage) sets out to find the reasons for Dunn’s sudden death. Bloom himself is very interested in getting the device into his possession, because since his brother recently died in a car accident, his thoughts have only revolved around his last words, which Bloom simply can’t remember anymore…
Movie explanation of the ending
Everything we post on the internet stays there forever. The privacy settings of social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can fool us into thinking we have absolute control over who can read what, but if you’re even a little tech-savvy and know the right programs, it’s easy Gain access to any profile he likes at the moment. And depending on what the object of questionable desire has posted, entire daily routines can be reconstructed. That’s one side of the medal. The other side can also just as easily make us believe that because we post around so much, we are keeping a diary as if on the side. If we scroll back long enough in our own timeline, we can theoretically trace back to the time of registration what we did on this or that day. From this point of view, the premise of Mark Palansky’s science fiction drama “Rememory” is less unrealistic, because even if it focuses on a (still) fictional device with which we can jump back to a point in our previous lives at will, Because our thoughts are recorded from the beginning, the basic idea isn’t all that different; In both cases it is about our thoughts being recorded for eternity and being able to refer back to them again and again.
Scientist Gordon Dunn (Martin Donovan) presents his groundbreaking invention.
The very calmly staged “Rememory” repeatedly touches on the question of the advantages and disadvantages of such an invention over the course of its almost two hours, but the plot is primarily driven by the question of who the scientist and visionary Gordon Dunn actually is could have on your conscience. Since the script by Mark Palansky (“Penelope”) and Mike Vukadinovich (“Marvel’s Runaways”) but from the beginning that of “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) As the self-sacrificing Sam comes into focus, they follow a kind of scavenger hunt dramaturgy to solve the death: In the course of his investigations, Sam gradually gets to know the personal and professional environment of the deceased, so that over time he gets a picture of Gordon Dunn can, even without the need for extensive flashbacks. Thanks to this smart narrative structure, “Rememory” maintains a consistently high pace. And Martin Donovan’s (“Inherent Vice – Natural Defects”) The memorably played scientist only appears at the very beginning of the film, but alongside Bloom, his character clearly influences the events the most, even without him having to remind himself again and again.
The setting seems a little removed from reality, although there is actually only one thing that does not actually correspond to the technical zeitgeist: the memory technology clearly shifts the action into an unspecified future. At the same time, director Palansky embeds it into the scenery so reservedly and in its audio-visual presentation that it is absolutely authentic that one can imagine the sole existence of the microchip in the form presented here at any time. This inevitably allows for discussions regarding actual technical achievements of today, because, as already announced at the beginning, there is sometimes only a thin line between the (video) recordings of our thoughts and the countless postings of status updates and home videos When it comes to the question of the purpose for which the memories of Rememory customers can be made public, Palansky finally opens up the hot topic of discussion about topics such as data protection, even if this causes the film itself to falter here and there. With 10 to 15 minutes less on the clock, “Rememory” would have been a bit crisper and more dynamic.
Peter Dinklage, in the role of Sam Bloom, sets out to find answers to a mysterious death.
As it is, Mark Palansky balances elegantly between the genres as much as possible: his “Rememory” is equal parts character study (Peter Dinklage embodies the motivated hobby investigator and the grieving brother as an ambivalent, highly likeable figure), WhoDunIt thriller (it actually remains open until the end , who of the many suspects that Sam came across during his research now had the greatest motive to kill the researcher) and science fiction thought experiment in one that leaves the viewer groping in the dark for a long time, especially when it comes to solving the crime. But that’s a good thing, because the more false leads Palansky leaves in his film, the more exciting characters appear in “Rememory”. They also benefit from the interesting dramaturgy; Just like Sam, the audience also gets to know the various characters directly in their environment and does not need a long introduction time to realize what importance they have had in the scientist’s life. The most exciting performance is that of Anton Yelchin, who tragically died two years ago (“Thoroughbred”) in one of his last roles, which once again proves that during his lifetime he was one of the best when it came to embodying extreme characters and yet never letting them become a caricature. It’s worth taking a look at the film as a whole just for its once again outstanding acting.
Conclusion: A wonderfully thoughtful Peter Dinklage shines in a film that, despite some tough moments, makes you think about how much trust we humans should put in our technology. “Rememory” is never didactic, just smart and likeable.
“Rememory” can be seen in selected USA cinemas from November 8th.