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Memory (R)





Theatrical Release Date: March 23rd, 2007 (Landmark Sunshine Cinemas)
DVD Release Date: May 22nd, 2007 by Echo Bridge Entertainment.
The Cast: Billy Zane, Dennis Hopper, Tricia Helfer, Ann-Margret, Terry Chen.
Directed by Bennett Davlin.

BASIC PREMISE: After being exposed to a mysterious substance in the Amazon, Dr. Taylor Briggs (Zane) has memories belonging to a serial killer who is still on the loose.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Memory is somewhat intriguing, but gradually becomes confusing and implausible throughout the rest of the plot. Billy Zane gives a mediocre performance as Taylor Briggs, a doctor who accidentally touches a red substance found on a Brazilian man who soon dies from exposure to the substance. Back in America, Taylor suddenly has flashbacks of memories belonging to a serial killer. He befriends an aspiring painter, Stephanie, (Helfer), summons her help and even has a romance with her, but the memories keep coming back. Soon enough, he suspects that the killer might strike again, so he digs up news articles and looks for other clues. He also suspects that somebody around him might be the killer, especially his surrogate father, Max (Hopper), who acts suspiciously and even wears the same red sneakers since the early 70ís. His motherís friend, Carol (Margret), also acts bizarrely. As Taylorís paranoia sets in, so does the confusing plot. The script by co-writer/director Bennett Davlin awkwardly gyrates between drama, romance, psychological thriller and horror without enough focus on either of the genres. An over-the-top, implausible third act just makes the plot even more convoluted and, unfortunately, raises more questions than it answers. At least it has slightly a more satisfying ending than the recent supernatural snoozer, Premonition. On a positive note, director Bennett Davlin occasionally adds a chilling atmosphere through the set design, cinematography and the musical score.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you suspense your disbelief.

NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 6

IN A NUTSHELL: Chilling and somewhat intriguing, but mostly unfocused, convoluted and confusing.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: DVD


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