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MEMORY follows Alex Lewis (Liam Neeson), an expert assassin with a reputation for discreet precision. Caught in a moral quagmire, Alex refuses to complete a job that violates his code and must quickly hunt down and kill the people who hired him before they and FBI agent Vincent Serra (Guy Pearce) find him first. Alex is built for revenge but, with a memory that is beginning to falter, he is forced to question his every action, blurring the line between right and wrong.
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Memory Theatrical Review
Are you ready for another ‘Shoot ‘em up - revenge porn’ film? Ok, I’ve got one for you! It’s called “Memory”, the latest film offering from Liam Neeson, and it’s rife with a nice nasty twist, but unfortunately, it’s also filled with a batch of boring “we know these characters” supporting actors. So recognizable are the characters in this film that the writers didn’t even see fit to give any of them any kind of background history at all. I guess you’re supposed to fill in the blanks yourself, which in this case is…well, child’s play.
This is just what the world needs, another dreary gunplay movie from Neeson. Why Liam, why? Can’t you find a decent project to work on? The same question goes for your co-star Guy Pearce. Personally, I like both actors. It’s just that the last few films they’ve made almost make me forget that at a core level they are very good, very accomplished actors.
You’d think Action audiences must just be sick of being spoon-fed the same uninspired garbage over and over again, even when it has a cool twist and features beloved actors. I know I am. Although, I did enjoy this film somewhat more than the last couple.
Here’s The Storyline…
His name is Alex Lewis (Liam Neeson), an expert assassin-for-hire with a reputation for meticulous precision. Unfortunately, his memory has been deteriorating due to early-stage Alzheimer’s, so he wants to retire. But, before that can happen he’s forced to take on one more job.
In the course of completing his contract, he is asked to kill a child, something he refuses to do. This violates his contract and makes him a target. As dead bodies pile up, it soon becomes obvious that he must quickly hunt down and kill the people who hired him before they and FBI agent Vincent Serra (Guy Pearce) find him first.
This marks the second time Neeson has decided at this point in his career to make a grouchy Clint Eastwood-style old man film. It defies my logic unless he really needs the money, but I doubt that. He still has many good years ahead of him. Also, I remain confused as to why Guy Pearce would take a role so poorly written that he comes off as nothing more than an untalented hack.
Martin Campbell, best known for his films “Mask of Zorro” and “Vertical Limit” is a better Director than to have his work turn out such a shallow film. I saw better efforts on Saturday Night television when I was 13 years old.
My take… Like the main character, your “Memory” will forget this film the second you leave the theater. Better write a note on your arm to remind you that you’ve seen it.
“Memory” is rated R for violence, some bloody images, and language throughout. Running Time: 1hr 54min.
-- Alyn Darnay
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