"The film explores the unexplained death of Gordon Dunn (Martin Donovan), a visionary scientific pioneer whose body is found shortly after the unveiling of his newest work: a device able to extract, record and play a personís memories. Gordonís wife, Carolyn (Julia Ormond), retreats into her house and cuts off contact with the outside world when a mysterious man (Peter Dinklage) shows up. After stealing the machine, he uses it to try and solve the mystery, beginning an investigation of memories that lead him to unexpected and dangerous places." That is the official description for Rememory, now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD from Lionsgate, which has provided NewTechReview with a Blu-ray NFR copy for review.
Most viewers will know Peter Dinklage from his excellent work on Game of Thrones, and he doesn't disappoint in Rememory, but the film itself could use some work. It's not a bad story, but it isn't overly compelling either. The movie opens with Sam Bloom (Dinklage) and his brother going out for a night on the town and resulting in a devastating car accident leaving the brother dead. The story then jumps forward to sometime in the future (we're never told when) where Sam is still struggling with what happened that night, mainly because he doesn't remember what his brother was saying when he died.
His quest to regain his memory leads him to Gordon Dunn and the Cortex machine, a device that can extract memories. When Gordon is murdered, this becomes the main theme of the film, but in reality it's all about Sam's memory of the night of the car crash. There are definitely some interesting scenes and a nice (although slightly predictable) twist at the end, but it's still not enough to make this a great scifi or mystery experience.
The Blu-ray edition comes in the standard packaging with a single disc along with a code for the Digital HD copy. The picture is presented in a 1080p MPEG-4 AVC encode with an aspect ratio of 2.39:1. We get a clean and detailed view of every scene, with the memory sequences displayed in muted colors for a nice contrast between what's real and what isn't. The DTS-HD Master 5.1 track provides clean audio with clear dialogue, but is subdued throughout to reflect the nature of the film, which works nicely. Rememory includes two bonus features. The first is Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Mark Palansky and Actor Peter Dinklage. The second is a featurette entitled The Memories We Keep, which includes interviews with the actors and talks about why they were interested in this project.
While Peter Dinklage puts in an excellent performance in Rememory, the film falls short of really exploring the science fiction topic of being able to access one's memories with perfect clarity. Instead, we get a basic murder mystery that is somewhat interesting, but probably only worth a rental.
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