What if "God" really does "See All" and could play it back instantly? (by XweAponX)
The idea of using a "Memory Machine" to dig out truth may not really be an original idea, there was a "Golden Age" classic science fiction story by "Lewis Padgett" Catherine L. Moore and Henry Kuttner called "Private Eye" that I have in an "Astounding Science Fiction" Pulp magazine from 1949, which expounds a similar future gadget that records all memories to be used in various murder trials, in fact in that story it became a representation of "God's ever seeing Eye" like we have on the back of a Dollar Bill, and the literary <more>
gadget is used simply as the means of exploring the paranoia such a device would engender, if in fact we knew ALL of our memories were being recorded. This happens a bit in this film, but used they way it was here, it was less of that, because this machine was just being introduced and it was the single Prototype in existence- So not many people had experienced it yet, and it was being introduced as a Psychotherapy tool rather than a Truth-telling tool. Which made it more interesting as Dinklage/"Sam" uses it to connect the dots rather than expose anyone outright as a possible murderer. If in fact a murder has occurred.Not to mention, this machine only records from One person's POV at a time, so it requires cross referencing to other people who had experienced the same thing at the same time to get a clear idea of the truth, and this happens in the Climax of the story. Memories from 2 people paint a picture for one of Sam's forgotten memories.Ergo, there are several suspects, several people acting guilty, one of them a woman who is suspiciously paranoid about having her memories shown on an Imax screen to the World. This makes her the obvious prime suspect for most of this film, barely edging out Anton Yelchin's "Todd" who was acting very finicky and crazy in this, his possible final role.The End credits names Sarah-Jane Redmond Lucy Butler/Legion of Chris Carter's "MillenniuM" fame as the woman "Allison", whom Dinklage tries to meet, but we don't get to see her, only her arm getting a Tattoo. But since all I saw was a sneak peak of this film, perhaps an extended version will show her face.Other than that, I disagree that this film is not memorable, it is very well made, well directed and well photographed. How do we judge a film's memorability? Because we are thinking about it for the next 24 hours or more. Like "That was a nice little kick in the Arse", and it was.Try to find the Lewis Padgett story "Private Eye" to see the similarities, and the differences, to Rememory.RIP Anton.
The Reason I Watch For Movies I Never Heard Of (by ed_bardo)
OK, so I travel on long haul flights all the time and decided to load up my tablet with movies I had never heard of on release, particularly science fiction. I watched films funded by fund-me sites to new, made-for-streaming movies. Of all that I have seen, this one made my shortlist of treasures I would never have found if it wasn't for this "take a chance" approach.Without any spoilers, or details on the plot as those are supplied in abundance here , let me just say this is a quality piece of film making that deserves exposure. It reminded me a bit of Brainstorm, Douglas <more>
Trumbull's great film. Please take the time to watch this movie and share it with your friends if you like it. I am going to do the same.If you are interested in seeing my list or review of small time, sci-fi films you probably wouldn't watch or have heard of unless you looked, contact me and I will post those titles in list form.Enjoy this film!
Forget the bad reviews. No idea why people hate on everything. This is a really intense ride. Sad but powerful.
Recording and playing back memories. (by janmarju)
When the movie started, I thought it was going to be very similar to The Final Cut with Robin Williams. It was similar in one sense, but very different as you will see if you give The Final Cut a watch. I enjoyed both movies. This movie also reminded me of an episode in the Black Mirror series, The entire history of you. Season 1, Episode 3. All three goes to show that memories are nothing to play around with.
This is great drama movie with thriller and mystery elements - it NOT Inception. (by redanimalwar)
The overall bad reviews in the press, rotten tomatoes lists this as totally rotten with almost every critic trashing it really surprised me on this one.I have this feeling that people expected this movie to me some science fiction action or something with a super twisted story ...The science fiction in this movie is "just" the base of the story, everything else plays out like a Drama/Thriller/Mystery. And for me it really delivered that. Especially the conclusion about the accident was something I did not expect at all. Although the part that the machine should never go into <more>
production was very predictable from early on and that memories should probably kept as they are. The ending kind of expects the audience to assume this is what happened after, at least this is how I saw it. I expected that Lawton would be confronted, some great reveal of the truth to the public ... but it was OK without that.Its a really sad movie and I have read reviews complaining about that. I mean what do you expect when the first listed genre says Drama.I get there was potential for something else with that machine story, but it was not needed for a good movie in my opinion. In the end we see Gordon delete a memory and do also do some settings on the machine never seen before. It was always just about recording and playing basically. Based on that it could be a entire different movie, memory alternation, deletion. Making people think memories of others were their own forgotten ones ... its probably thought like this that made critics not like this movie.
This movie is not for the action loving, sci-fi addicted and fast paced viewer. But it is for the thoughtful, reflective and pondering viewer. Plot: Sam Bloom Peter Dinklage lost his brother in a tragic accident and desperately wants to know what happened during the last moments of his brother's life. His search leads him to a scientist, Gordon Dunn Martin Donovan who invented a machine that can unlock every single memory that a person has lived through. His theory is that our brain stores every moment of our lives; we just do not know how to unlock those memories. He invented the <more>
machine to do just that-unlock, extract and save those memories on the device. Gordon Dunn died suddenly through mysterious circumstances. Sam becomes obsessed with his death, but more so his journey of unlocking his own memories. He embarks on a quest of piecing together the people involved in Gordon's life and around Gordon's death, stealing the device to accomplish his task. He meets Gordon's wife whom he develops a special relationship with, helping her as well throughout his journey. He is able to give her peace, understanding, closure. The movie is close to 2 hours long, for some folks it may be a tad too long, I however did not feel this way at all. The depth and development of the characters involved is well thought out and meaningful. Peter Dinklage takes you on a journey of self-discovery and leaves you pondering if you would want to use the device yourself given the chance. He portrays Sam Bloom wonderfully and people can identify pieces of themselves within him, excellent work on his part. The music is haunting, sometimes daunting, a nice fit to the movie. Would you be willing to use such a device, finding long forgotten memories, joy, pain, fun, anger, good and sad times....would you be willing to take that risk and accept it's possible side effects of not being able to turn those hidden memories off that are hidden for a reason?
There are many ways how scifi is played out on screen, from mega-budgeted science action fantasy with the likes of Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy and the rebooted Star Trek, all the way to scifi of which science-fiction is but a frame around matters of the human heart. This film is of the later, a precautionary tale about why the malleable and fading nature of memories shouldn't be altered.If you come in with the right expectations , then you will not be disappointed by this film of stellar acting, and direction.Other films of the same vein, of which you should watch: 1. Eternal <more>
sunshine of the Spotless mind Jim Carey, 2004 2. The Final Cut Robin Williams, 2004 3. an episode of Black Mirror The Entire History of You , Season 1 Episode 3
"A good movie, Peter Dinklage at his best" (by vishnu-dileep08)
Summary no spoilers This movie is about a widow of a wise professor who trips upon one of his inventions that's able to record and play a person's memory.My Review no spoilers The plot of this movie was a perfect mixture of Mystery and Sci-Fi. When you watch this movie it had a perfect start but towards the end you're going to feel like this is leading nowhere but I would say to keep watching as its going to be enchanting. It had the perfect and unpredictable ending. Peter Dinklage the GOT star did some exceptional acting. Overall a good movie with the perfect ending. My <more>
RecommendationYes why not give it a shot.My Rating8/10
The film settles as a science-fiction/drama/mystery whose play is focusing on and consisting of three things, and those are: 1. The life of Sam Bloom Peter Dinklage and his accident, and the memory of his brother who died in that accident. 2. The new machine which can present, play, and save people's memories which is practically the only reason it is a science fiction movie 3. Solving the murder of Gordon Dunn Martin Donovan , the man who made the machine and the only one who knows how to make it and the owner of the only working prototype. There is a thing that many people do not <more>
see, or get in the film. Let me first trigger a memory, okay? Fellow reader, you must know the types of films that are boring to watch because the end is pretty obvious? And there are the mystery films which have a sudden plot twist at the end. Well this is neither of them, and both at the same time. As I am familiar with Mark Palanskys work, I expected a good film, and a good plot. There is one sentence which makes the center of the movie: "We are nothing more than the memories we keep." Whilst the sentence repeats continuously the plot tends to prove it. The plot of the recalled memories shows the most, but the key elements of the hardest moments are deleted from the patients' brains by themselves to avoid future mental trauma. And well, the machine brings them back also with additional side effects . Through the whole film there were hints, through which the viewer could suspect/predict the ending. It was seen that the murder was not the real theme there, it was the story of Sam Bloom which mattered there. This was more of a Predestination resolution with hints hidden through the film. Sam Bloom caused an accident while drunk driving, bumping into a car, which resulted killing his brother. While he couldn't remember the moments after the impact, the only thing he remembered was that his brother told him something when he set him on the driver position and then walking away in the forest. In the mean time we get that he makes his wish and promise to find what his brothers last words were, trough that he meets Gordon Dunn. While solving the murder we are going deeper and deeper into the background of the plot, and really there are hints everywhere. Let me state a few obvious: Carolyn Dunn Julia Ormond , while first using the machine had the exact moment before the impact in the thoughts, and the audience can notice that. And the most important one, the key sentence "We are nothing more than the memories we keep." is what it is all about that's why its continuously repeating . The sample group was made of people with the potential to have a self-erased memory which could change their lives to be better, and while unveiling them everything became worse for them. While Gordon Dunn made the machine practically only so he could be with his daughter which was killed in the car accident , he did understand the key sentence, and while seeing what the invention did to others, he wanted to kill himself. For that, he deleted his memories and ended his life proving the key sentence, for nothing more than zero memories he had left he also became nothing for 0 less or equal than x less or equal than 0 x 0 so he become nothing dead . Technically Sam Bloom was the beginning and the end of the whole story, he was the one who caused the loss of Gordons daughter, which caused in Gordon creating the machine, which then caused in Sam looking for Gordon to find what the last words of his brother were . While seeing that the last words of his brother were just song lyrics, he found out a deleted memory of his, he was the one who killed the professors daughter. He caused every event involving creating and using of the machine, killed two people in the crash which he set-up on his brother , and he was responsible for the murders that the machine caused, concretely of the girl killed in testing, but also it was him who caused the suicide of Gordon Dunn.