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"You're going on a journey. A journey through memory. Your destination? A place and time you've gone before. To reach it, all you have to do is follow my voice."
And with that, we dive into the remarkable film ahead, a film called Reminiscence. Created by Lisa Joy, the co-creator of the hit sci-fi show Westworld, the film hits all the right chords: emotion, mystery, thriller, and a dose of action. The film follows Nick, a man who operates a Reminiscence tank alongside his old war buddy Watts. The tank was originally invented during the Border War to extract information from captured soldiers. Nick, however, turned it into a business, allowing people to relive their fondest memories. One day, a mysterious woman walks in, needing to use the machine to find her keys. Nick is so stricken with her that he agrees and discovers she's a singer at a local club. The two become close, only for her to one day disappear without a trace. Nick begins searching for her, uncovering a huge conspiracy and a horrifying truth that he wasn't prepared to learn.
Lisa Joy has written and directed a true modern masterpiece. The film has an incredible story, a beautiful morality tale about the dangers of getting stuck in the past, and fantastic performances from Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, and Cliff Curtis.
Cliff Curtis was incredible as the film's villain, bringing cold and heartless to a new level in his career. I loved seeing Hugh and Rebecca reunited on screen, this time in a romantic scenario. They had perfect chemistry together and the desperation Hugh's character felt throughout the film was radiated on screen. And of course, it's always a pleasure to see Thandiwe Newton.
The direction by Lisa Joy was captivating. She captures audience attention with every frame and doesn't let go until the very end. Speaking of the end, some might complain that it's predictable or generic but I see it as the only possible solution to an impossible equation.
In conclusion, I don't have one negative comment about the film. Reminiscence is beautiful, emotional, compelling, and full of mystery and thrills. I give the film a 4 out of 4.
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