REMINISCENCE - Review
Release Date: August 20, 2021
Director: Lisa Joy
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Fergusson, Thandiwe Newton, Cliff Curtis
Plot: A seller of memories becomes obsessed with a mysterious woman
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
I have seen the trailer for this film countless times, and every time I see it I think this is either going to be an incredible movie, or it will be terrible. The trailer makes it look like a second coming of Inception.
The trailer lies.
This movie is terrible.
First, let's talk about the world building. This is set in a not-too-distant future Miami where the waters have risen and flooded most of the city. This makes for a really cool visual element, but it has zero influence on the story. This could have been set in "normal" Miami and had the same impact.
Next, the movie is way too long. I figured out most of it about 30 minutes in and figured out the entire mystery with about an hour to go. I was thoroughly bored by then, yet still had to endure the last sixty minutes. There were so many scenes that could have been cut from the film that would have made the movie so much more compelling, energetic, and a tolerable length.
Then, there are plot holes that are so big and so blatant that they had to notice them, but just chose to ignore them. The movie is full of them. This is without a doubt some of the laziest writing and directing I've seen in a film in a long time. But there may be a reason for that. The film is written, directed, and produced by the same person. That is rarely a recipe for success. Usually it just means that this is a passion project and the head of the show does not, or refuses to, hear "no."
There is so much wrong with this movie it is hard to say anything nice about it. The music was fine, the acting was average, but the character development was lacking, and the visuals were good, but they rarely if ever added anything to the story.
This whole film is based on going back and reliving old memories. I wish I could go back and erase that I ever saw this.