Is The Twist Ending Of “Remember Me” Smart Or Totally Lame?

The trailer for Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin’s “Remember Me” has been playing approximately twice a commercial break on every station I watch on any kind of regular basis for the past month. I gathered from the ominous vibe and the title that someone was going to die in this movie. But, apparently, it just ain’t that simple. This flick has an “I see dead people” twist at the end. After the jump—SPOILER ALERT—we’ll discuss whether it’s a good one.So here’s what happens. Over the course of the movie, two college kids fall in love in New York City while battling their respective demons—for her, a mother who was killed on a subway platform, and for him, a brother who committed suicide and a very strained relationship with his businessman father. Because no indications of time are given, we assume that this is present day New York. Not the case—it’s New York in 2001. At the very end of the film, after Pattinson’s character has a fight with de Ravin’s, he decides to go to his dad’s office. He takes the elevator to the 92nd floor. Starting to see where this is going? His father works in the World Trade Center. Pattinson looks out the window, just in time to see an airplane hurtling towards the building. And cut. [NY Magazine]

Reviewers—shocker—aren’t loving the ending. The Hollywood Reporter calls it an “unnecessary dramatic ploy to end the film with a devastating twist of fate that immediately connects with every audience member.” Gawker is just as unenthused: “It’s like Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close if Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close had featured just a few more vampire sexpots. And if Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close had used a national tragedy as an opportunistic, zam-bang! instant-meaning hook at the end, rather than throughout the whole book.”

If you’ve seen the movie, what did you think? And if you haven’t, does this make you more or less likely to watch?

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