Reminiscence is a movie you won’t forget but you will want to. This Sci-Fi thriller is convoluted, disappointing and un-interesting. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
Reminiscence is now in theaters along with streaming on HBO Max, today August 20th! The films stars Hugh Jackman, Thandiwe Newton, and Daniel Wu and will appeal to all the Sci-Fi movie fans with lots of twists and turns throughout. But is this flick worth the watch? Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
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Reminiscence Parents Guide
Nick Bannister (Hugh Jackman), 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 (Rebecca Ferguson). 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?
Reminiscence Age Appropriate Parents Guide
Lets take a look at what parents need to know before letting them view Reminiscence.
Language: Reminiscence has some strong language with profanity used throughout. Lookout words include: sh*t, son of a b*tch, a**h*le, g-d d*mn, wh*re and phrases like “screw you.”
Mature Content: The film has some very violent scenes which include shooting, death of characters from gun shots, hand to hand combat, torture including drowning and more. There is a sex scene, but no nudity is shown and it only lasts a few seconds on-screen.
Reminiscence is the directorial debut of writer-director Lisa Joy, who is best known for co-creating HBO’s Westworld. Her futuristic style shines through in this film, from the costumes, the technology used and the water-filled city. The world building with the creation of a divided world (half water and half ground) was true to its sci-fi roots and a brilliant concept, which reminded me a bit of films like Blade Runner.
The concept of Reminiscence is an intriguing one and if the film would have stuck to a simpler storyline, it would have been a more enjoyable film. Instead, the movie was convoluted and muddled with a Sci-Fi post-apocalytic meets Sherlock Holmes detective theme and a tragic love story thrown into the mix. The film felt like it was trying to pack anything and everything into its two and half hour runtime, which results in leaving the viewers confused and bored.
Hugh Jackman’s character Nick Bannister, does not connect with the audiences, and at times is extremely unlikable, especially by the end of the film. The chemistry between Jackman and Rebecca Ferguson, who plays Nick’s love interest Mae, is lukewarm and their tepid interactions adds to the film dragging. Whatever Lisa Joy had in mind when making this film certainly did not pan out on screen. Maybe the casting was horribly wrong more than the script, maybe she hasn’t found her feet as a director, but I recommend avoiding this at all costs.
For a film about capturing memories, Reminiscence is quite forgettable.