I call bullsh*t on this movie's ending. I apologize, I generally try avoid that type of language in my writing, but it had to be said for this movie. I will not spoil the ending, you can do a quick Google search and find it for yourself. Suffice to say it is one of the worst endings in cinematic history and is borderline offensive. It is not that I think it couldn't be used as an effective sequence to end a film; but Remember Me fails to earn it. Instead of giving a slow burn up to it, the ending sneaks up and hits you upside the face without pretense or foreshadow. It is more like the writer didn't know how to end it and decided to just spring this on the audience and hope for the best.
I recently read something where someone wondered if it was possible that a single scene could ruin an entire film. It was in relation to Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and more specifically with regard to a scene toward the end of the film. Under most circumstances I would say no, a single scene cannot ruin a whole film. The problem is with Remember Me I really want to make an exception. It truly is that bad. I walked out of the theater shaking my head. Why? Why did they go that route? The rest of the audience seemed to be split. Some were talking about how shocking and moving it was, others were going "I called it!," while others seemed to fall closer to my opinion of why it was done.
I am sure there will be a lot of people who will not have as strong a reaction to it as I did. This does not mean it should be given a pass. I also do not feel I am overly sensitive to controversial subject matter, meaning I am not sure if I am more upset about what it is or for for what it is used for. No matter, either way I look at it, I do not like it.
Enough about the ending. I am not going to reveal here. What about the rest of the film? It is surprisingly quite good; not great, but better than I was expecting.
Remember Me is the first test of Robert Pattinson's star power outside of the Twilight franchise. He handles himself quite well, but he is really going to have to try something outside of the angsty, brooding type character lest he wind up typecast. I fear he is already suffering backlash from those on the outside of the Twilight phenomenon. I am one of those on the outside, although I do try to keep a level head when trying to ascertain the performers' skills.