“Remember Me”: Stirring Up Controversy And Emotions **MAJOR SPOILERS**   4 comments

Here’s a great review of Remember Me done by BryanReesman. It’s a must read if you have seen the movie. I’ll post part of his article and you can check the rest if it on his site. **MAJOR SPOILER WARNING**

Read the review after the jump! **Major Spoilers**

Yesterday I submitted an essay to Moviefone about the controversial ending to the new film Remember Me, directed by Allen Coulter, written by Will Fetters and starring Robert Pattinson (Twilight) and Emilie de Ravin (Lost). A topical Moviefone story can often pull in one or two dozen comments. Some have topped 100. This one reached 300 within 12 hours of being posted. At one point last night, I was literally receiving one comment per minute, and during one hour alone, the post received 78,000 views, easily making it the post of the night and landing it a top spot on AOL’s main page.

The point of contention of the film is the ending, which takes place on September 11, 2001. (You can read about the story and how it ends there by clicking on the above link.) When the troubled main character Tyler (played by Pattinson, who also co-executive produced the movie) seems to be turning his life around — uniting his dysfunctional family and in the midst of repairing a deep rift with his girlfriend Ally (de Ravin) — he perishes in one of the Twin Towers, his diary landing amid the debris. Many critics and some audience members have found the use of the World Trade Center attacks to be offensive and exploitative, while many people (especially many of those who posted comments to my story) found the ending moving as the central themes of the films are coping with grief, making amends with those close to you, moving forward with life and learning to embrace the simple joys and to live in the moment.

And after 9/11, weren’t many of us thinking deeply about those things?

It is heartening to see so many people pouring out their thoughts about this sincere film, which has been savaged by critics, many of whom find the film’s denouement to be in bad taste. Obviously 9/11 was a traumatizing and polarizing event, and the effects of that day have been felt by Americans on different levels — political, social and personal. I feel the critical backlash to the film is undeserved, and many filmgoers agree. But the debate that my essay sparked also indicates how the politicization of this tragic event — which has been used for personal gain by unscrupulous politicians since that day — has flared up people’s emotions and tied them in to other issues.

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4 responses to ““Remember Me”: Stirring Up Controversy And Emotions **MAJOR SPOILERS**

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  3. Loved this. What’s interesting is that most people don’t even know that the script was changed. In the original script Michael actually dies in the 1993 bombing at the WTC. That really gave the script quite a punch, and I remember being very upset when I heard there were script changes. But in the end, I think they made the right decision.

    A lot of these movie critics are hypocrites in my opinion. It’s ok for some movies to change history about real events or include them in plotlines, so what makes it wrong in this movie? I don’t get it.

    I just wish that people wouldn’t listen to these morons and just go see it for themselves. Remember Me stays with you for days. I’ve seen it twice so far and each time I sobbed even knowing the ending and it’s all I thought about for days afterwards. I don’t know – you can’t hit someone over the head and make them see it or make them like it – but it sure would be nice if more people would give it a chance.

  4. I don’t understand how people can say that the 9/11 “twist” was just meant to make people cry and force an emotional response out of them. The whole movie is about loss and grieving and not knowing what tomorrow is going to bring. I really enjoyed how we got to see so many different perceptions of dealing with loss. Yes, we all know that 9/11 was a tragedy and very difficult to deal with, whether we knew someone personally involved or not. But it went right along with the whole idea of the film to ‘live in the moment.’ I think the ending was very tastfully done considering how they didn’t show the planes crashing into the buildings. The aftermath was only shown and I think they only showed that so we could see Tyler’s journal falling from the building. It was in that scene that we truly get to feel the intentions of this movie: things are going to happen, more often than not, they will be out of our control. But it’s about grieving and trying to move on from such tragedies because to enjoy life and truly live it, you really do have to ‘live in the moments.’

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