Reminiscence review by Bobby Blakey
While he made a name for himself as Wolverine, Hugh Jackman has offered up so many great performances across every genre throughout his long career. Now he is stepping back into the world of sci-fi with Westworld producer and director Lisa Joy in the director’s seat for their latest film Reminiscence. The film features a great cast including Rebecca Ferguson, Thandiwe Newton, Cliff Curtis, Marina de Tavira, Daniel Wu, Mojean Aria, Brett Cullen, Natalie Martinez, Angela Sarafyan and Nico Parker, but does it bring that something special it needs to stand out or will it fail to live up to its own past?
Reminiscence follows Nick Bannister, a private investigator of the mind, navigates the darkly alluring world of the past by helping his clients access lost memories. Living on the fringes of the sunken Miami coast, his life is forever changed when he takes on a new client, Mae. A simple matter of lost and found becomes a dangerous obsession. As Bannister fights to find the truth about Mae's disappearance, he uncovers a violent conspiracy, and must ultimately answer the question: how far would you go to hold on to the ones you love?
I am a fan of Jackman and was pretty intrigued by the trailer to this film so was ready to see what was in store, but ultimately I was underwhelmed. The set-up and story is interesting and the performances are great, but it gets so convoluted that it never has much of the impact I think it was hoping for. The film is all over the place mostly due to the story structure using the memories which makes it bounce around in time which would be fine if it was offering anything that keeps you interested.
I love the world that is created and the idea to it all. Even the look and designs to the technology they use in the film works, but it just struggles to find a cohesion that really allows the story to work. It makes sense in the end but the journey to get there is layered with so many things trying to create this mystery that you often can get lost or just stop caring. At first I was all in and intrigued to where we were going, but the middle act of the film feels like it just keeps bringing up more questions than answers. I know this is part of the
build up, but I kind of stopped caring for a bit.
In the last half of the film it kind of circles back and does some creative things to get it back on track, but nothing that is a big enough payoff to save the film for me. It’s far from horrible and will no doubt work for some, but for me it just felt long and a mystery I wasn’t overly interested in solving.
Decide for yourself and check out Reminiscence in theaters and HBO MAX now from Warner Bros.