Memory addiction is reality for Hugh Jackman’s Nick, as Reminiscence perfects sci-fi noir. Unfortunately the mystery doesn’t quite pay off, despite the potential and immersive nature of this film.
Reminiscence has so much potential and totally nails the sci-fi noir. I love it’s dark and somewhat whimsical ending, but the pay off isn’t quite there. The mystery is revealed early on with memory addiction, leading Hugh Jackman’s Nick deep into an expected rabbit hole we know he’ll never escape.
This movie is from the same people who did Westworld, so you know the world of Reminiscence is incredibly epic. The science fiction never misses a beat and the noir is also spot on. Yet something is lacking from the actual story, probably because this is a one sided love story. Nick loves Mae and while we do find out she loved him too, the reality is that most of the film lacks the mystery its trying to build.
Nick has a dynamic partner who is a bad ass gun fighter, but this too is reasonably inconsequential to the story itself. Thankfully the ending is pretty spot on and dark. This is a dystopian love story, meaning our happy ending is actually quite disturbing. Overall, the film is well executed and interesting, but lacks the grip of similar noirs and science fiction films.
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