Directed by Lisa Joy, Reminiscence It is shaping up to be a great bet for science fiction lovers. The film had its premiere on August 20 both in theaters and through HBO Max (at least in the United States), and the expectations surrounding its release were motivated by the premise on which the film’s story is built.
Starring Hugh Jackman, the feature film features Rebecca Ferguson, Thandiwe Newton, Cliff Curtis, Daniel Wu, Mojean Aria, Brett Cullen, Natalia Martinez, Angela Sarafyan, Nico Parker and Marina de Tavira. The latter recognized and acclaimed for her performance in Rome, Alfonso Cuarón’s film that earned her an Oscar nomination in the category of best supporting actress.
The official synopsis opens with Nick Bannister (Jackman), a private investigator tasked with traveling through the dark but seductive world of the minds of his clients, helping them regain lost memories.
However, Bannister’s life changes forever when he accepts a new user, Mae (Ferguson). That’s when a simple lost and found business turns into a dangerous obsession.
As the fearless man struggles to find the truth about Mae’s disappearance, he uncovers a violent conspiracy and a new question pops up on the board: how far would you go to hold on to those you love?
“While Reminiscence doesn’t try to hide any inherent metaphors, it doesn’t do much with the material, other than to model something akin to a lackluster Blade Runner.”
“Action, romance and corruption are mixed in a combination that allows Reminiscence to surprise like an original film that indulges in the comforts of a very familiar type of story.”
“An incomprehensible mess and a waste of time. Science fiction that needs a lot more editing of purpose and clarity in the fog of its strange story. Rebecca Ferguson seems lost, for example ”.
“An impressive debut from Lisa Joy, bringing vision, warmth and incredible world-building. A neo-noir romantic film, with parts of Inception, Blade Runner 2049 and LA Confidential ”.
“The derivation is not the problem – all these stories come from somewhere – but the lack of imagination, coupled with the deadly serious tone of the film, is an entirely different matter.”