I saw Remember me at a Friday matinee. I wasn't prepared for the shocker ending and feel the same way as Julie and Amanda Beth. I know that if Rob had been saved, it wouldn't have been like the reality of 9/11 when so many people didn't get saved - they didn't have a chance. We really feel how random and unfair it was.
So, I was sad for two reasons - 1) sad that my beautiful Tyler died, sad for his family, friend and girlfriend too - So tragic!
2) But I was also sad to remember 9/11. I also felt a little guilty because I didn't know anyone who had been personally affected by that day. Somehow, this movie made me realize how horrible it was for New Yorkers - I knew that logically before, of course, but now I felt it emotionally. It was such a waste.
The rest of the movie was great, and it is too bad you don't leave the theater remembering all of those things.
I thought all of the acting was well done. I loved being able to see adorable Rob for 90% of the screen time. I especially liked his relationship with his sister Caroline. Anyone know if they really got along well behind the scenes too? It was so believable; I'll bet they really hit it off.
I loved the scene of Tyler riding his bicycle to his dad's office at night clutching Caroline's drawing. Even though he has a lot of anger at this point, he looks so GOOD riding a bike.
What makes the movie especially tragic is that Tyler was just starting to get it all together - He was getting along with his dad, his dad was spending time with Caroline, Ally had come back to him. Tear jerker ending - cemetery, Aiden with a "Tyler" tatoo. But then some hope - Caroline and her dad at MMOA, Ally getting on the subway.
I don't know how well this movie will do. People just don't like it when their main character dies at the end. It reminds me of Pay it Forward, which should have done better, with that cast, but NO ONE liked the ending.
In one of Rob's interviews he was talking about why he decided to become an executive producer for the film. He said he wanted to make sure the film made it to distribution. Do you think he was worried about public reaction to the 9/11 ending? I think they intended to honor 9/11 victims in their portrayal of totally innocent people, with families and friends, dying that day. It has been over 8 years, but it may still be too soon for some people. It is especially hard because it is a surprise ending and people aren't expecting to revisit the emotion of 9/11.
Revelation! I just realized why it was intentionally meant to shock us - why were weren't supposed to know the ending: The reality of the day on September 11 was that of course no one was expecting anything unusual that day. Everyone was going about their everyday business. In the movie we truly get the feeling of how life was just going on as usual and then it abruptly and unfairly ended for some.