Director: Lisa Joy
Genre: Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Runtime: 116 Minutes
Main Cast: Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Thandiwe Newton, Daniel Wu, Cliff Curtis, Angela Sarafyan, Natalie Martinez, Marina de Tavira, Mojean Aria
Plot: Nick Bannister (Hugh Jackman) is a private investigator of the mind by helping his client retrieve lost memories. His life is forever changed when he takes on an alluring new client by the name of Mae (Rebecca Ferguson). He quickly becomes obsessed with her and is lost when she mysteriously vanishes one day.
My Thoughts: What happened? One week I was considering a rewatch because I’d seen everything my local cinema was showing, and the next there’s 6 movies that I haven’t seen yet! It’s impossible to decide what to choose, especially as I might end up missing 1 or 2 completely, so I left it up to Twitter to choose for me, and Reminiscence was the winner! I knew nothing about it other than it was mysterious and it starred Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Ferguson. The reviews out there aren’t great and I’m glad I didn’t look them up before watching the movie because I enjoyed it quite a bit.
The biggest issue for me is that it’s trying to do too much, instead of concentrating on doing one thing well. The part that fascinated me most was the fictional world that the story was set in. It’s the Miami that we all know but global warming has clearly taken it’s toll and it’s mostly underwater. Some parts of the city have been mostly saved by dams but the wealthy live in what’s known as the ‘drylands’. The whole setting has almost nothing to do with the actual plot itself, but it was stunning nonetheless. Then of course the mystery is compelling but there’s no big shock moment, which isn’t a deal-breaker but still a shame.
I sound like I’m really dragging this movie though but I really did enjoy it. I loved the scenery, I loved the chemistry between Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Ferguson, I adored Thandiwe Newton’s character and finding out more about her life. I was constantly wanting to know what the next 5 minutes held to unravel the mystery of Mae’s disappearance. It’s not the most original story out there, the memory-retrieval gimmick has been done a few times now but I was entertained and that’s all I need from movies.
Best Bit: I’d gotten so used to Nick’s speech, “You’re going on a journey” that it was starting to sound peaceful and tranquil when he next said it. Then of course it came to that quite…rough…interrogation and the way Nick’s voice changed was actually really funny to me, until the moments that shortly followed after. Ouch.
Worst Bit: When Watts (Thandiwe Newton) went into the tank so Nick could view her memories, and Watts had clearly given up the secret of her feelings towards him, which went completely over his head. Oh, Nick! I wanted to shake him, I swear.
Fun Trivia: Director Lisa Joy is the sister-in-law of Christopher Nolan. Hugh Jackman starred in The Prestige (2006), directed by Nolan and co-written by his brother and husband of Lisa Joy, Jonathan Nolan.
My Rating: 3 and a half fish tanks that Watts may or may not have been aiming for.