Remember is the contemporary story of Zev, who discovers that the Nazi guard who murdered his family some 70 years ago is living in America under an assumed identity. Despite the obvious challenges, Zev sets out on a mission to deliver long-delayed justice with his own trembling hand.
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Christopher Plummer should win an Oscar for this. Some critics have called it manipulative and borderline exploitation but I think what this film achieves is exactly what Hitchcock did so well and what this film resembles, in the best sense. Without a doubt, Egoyan's best film in years.
One where I wish I could give half ratings, as this would be a 3.5. I'm still making sense of how I feel about the much-maligned "manipulation" but there is no denying the power of Plummer's performance or the atmosphere that Egoyan manages to create as Zev continues his journey.
He's on a mission from God. A kind of impossible mission, if you will. To kill a Nazi, but not just any Nazi. An SS officer. And this journey will be one of self-discovery, despite having some Memento mori moments.
Despite its' ridiculous and unbelievable conclusion there are many pleasures to be taken in this dubious effort by Egoyan. The scripting is weak but the lead turn by Christopher Plummer as the Alzheimer's afflicted would-be hitman is quite extraordinary. Solid camerawork by Paul Sarossy making the most of Ontario locations. Unfortunately the Egoyan drought is not quite over yet.
Tightly scripted and delivered film on remembrance that thrives on the Nazi criminal manhunts systematized largely by Jewish holocaust survivors or their relatives, this has the advantage of a great performance by Christopher Plummer that makes even the hard-to-believe revelation plausible and moving. Without any dramatic pyrotechnics, this is a methodical and serious meditation on History's traces and traumas.