Pattinson takes on new role in ‘Remember Me’

By Christina Flood
March 20, 2010

Robert Pattinson stars in the new film "Remember Me." MCT

Robert Pattinson finally stepped out of his breakthrough role as a vampire in “Twilight” and into a more normal and flattering role in “Remember Me.”  The movie came out in theaters March 12 and made over $8 million in its first weekend.

Unlike most movies today, this romantic drama showed a darker side of New York City, where the movie takes place.  Pattinson played Tyler, a young man in his twenties who has had a troubled life due to the suicide of his mother. Tyler’s relationship with his father, played by Pierce Brosnan, is strained and it takes a toll on his younger sister as well. Tyler does not believe that anyone could understand what he is going through, until he meets Ally, played by Emilie de Ravin, who also stars in the television show “Lost.”

“I wanted to see ‘Remember Me’ because I love Emilie de Ravin in ‘Lost’ and Pattinson in ‘Twilight’,” Samantha Bokoski, junior English and communication major, said.

“Remember Me” is your typical and predictable love story.  It attempts to bring a lot of depth into the two main characters and succeeds to a certain level, allowing viewers to really care about the fate of the characters. Pattinson’s acting in this movie is refreshing, compared to his awkward and forced acting in the Twilight series, but the edgy character he plays in the movie does not particularly suit him.

The character of Ally somehow suits de Ravin as well, although it is a big change from her character Claire in “Lost.”  Although she is originally from Australia, she managed to pull off a pretty believable American accent for the part. Her role in “Remember Me” is to heal and inspire Tyler and they quickly fall in love.  Although she has had quite a difficult life as well, she helps him to discover what is important in life and eventually find happiness.

“I didn’t really like it that much.  It was just too over dramatic for my taste,” Lauren Karaskeiwicz, junior business administration major, said.

Of course there has to be a conflict in any predictable love story and in this case, Ally’s dad gets involved.  Her father is played by Chris Cooper and is the police officer who arrests Tyler early on in the movie.

Directed by Allen Coulter, Remember Me was intriguing up until the very end of the movie.  What could have been your typical boy-meets-girl love story was ruined by its manipulative ending.

“The movie was really cute until the end.  The whole time I just wanted everything to work out for Ally and Tyler.  The ending just made me mad,” Nicole Maiuri, sophomore elementary education major, said.

Christina Flood

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