Rememory is a 2017 British-American-Canadian science fiction mystery film directed by Mark Palansky and written by Mark Palansky and Michael Vukadinovich. The film stars Peter Dinklage, Julia Ormond, Anton Yelchin, Henry Ian Cusick, Gracyn Shinyei and Colin Lawrence. The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2017. The film was released on Google Play on August 24, 2017, before being released in theaters and video on demand on September 8, 2017, by Lionsgate Premiere.
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|Directed by||Mark Palansky|
|Produced by||Daniel Bekerman|
|Written by||Mark Palansky|
Henry Ian Cusick
|Music by||Gregory Tripi|
|Edited by||Jane MacRae|
|Distributed by||Lionsgate Premiere|
Sam Bloom (Peter Dinklage) and his brother are driving in the night when their car collides with another, causing his brother’s death.
After a year, scientific pioneer Gordon Dunn (Martin Donovan), who creates a technology that allows one to extract memories and watch them on an external device, mysteriously dies and Bloom sets about trying to solve the murder using this memory machine. As the investigation continues, a web of intrigue and deceit is uncovered.
Bloom learns that Dunn’s device has a technical fault which causes side-effects leading to recurring hallucinations on its users including him, and that most of the users have been quite upset with Dunn, directly blaming him for their mental deterioration. He also finds out that Dunn and his wife Carolyn (Julia Ormond) were separated after they lost their only daughter in an accident.
When Carolyn finds Dunn’s memory recordings, it is revealed that Dunn committed suicide after realising his invention had caused nothing but pain and misery in the lives of the users. He does so by attempting to erase his ongoing memories while still connected to the device. Meanwhile, Bloom re-watches his “accident memory” and finds out that the Dunns were in the other car and that their daughter was killed in the collision.
Bloom hands over his memory to Carolyn as a sort of confession apology, but she doesn’t watch it and instead throws into the sea with Dunn’s recordings as she watches her daughter playing on the water—a hallucination resulting from her own use of the memory device.
- Peter Dinklage as Sam Bloom
- Matt Ellis as Dash Bloom
- Julia Ormond as Carolyn Dunn
- Anton Yelchin as Todd
- Henry Ian Cusick as Robert Lawton
- Gracyn Shinyei as Jane Dunn
- Colin Lawrence as Mike Buckland
- Martin Donovan as Gordon Dunn
- Évelyne Brochu as Wendy Polk
- Jordana Largy as Freddie, bartender
- Carrie Anne Fleming as Norma Myers
- Kathryn Kirkpatrick as Becca
- Maja Aro as Natalie
- Scott Hylands as Charles
- Courtney Richter as Cindy / Charles Wife
On March 27, 2012, Catherine O'Hara and Peter Dinklage joined the cast of the film. On February 10, 2016, Julia Ormond replaced O'Hara in the film. Principal photography began on January 25, 2016, and ended on February 22, 2016.
The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2017. The film was released on Google Play on August 24, 2017, before being released in theaters and video on demand on September 8, 2017, by Lionsgate Premiere.
Rememory received generally negative reviews from critics. Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 25%, based on 20 reviews with a consensus reading, "Rememory has some intriguing themes and a compelling cast to work with, but they're lost in the fog of a forgettable melodrama."
Guy Lodge of Variety reviewed the film, saying, "A bit of a trudge, despite Dinklage's committed and empathetic performance." Yasmin Kleinbart of The Young Folks and Scott Beggs of Nerdist both went on to say that "Dinklage deserves better than this film." Meredith Borders of Birth.Movies.Death. shared similar sentiments, saying, "If it weren't for Dinklage's remarkable performance, the film would have very little to recommend it."
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