Reminiscence (2021)

The future world has forever changed and Miami is permanently flooded.  The night is when the city really comes alive, and daytime is filled with emptiness and hardly anyone walking around. The film introduces Nick (Hugh Jackman), a man who limps on one leg due to fighting in many wars.  

In the present day, Nick, along with his long-time friend played by actress Thandiwe Newton, make money by allowing people to use their Reminiscence machine. The Reminiscence machine allows people to revisit memories from their past as often as they like as long as they pay the fee. Because the world is filled with suffering and pain, many people would much prefer to look back in life rather than look forward. Using the Reminiscence also helps to put criminals behind bars and keeps justice and peace alive in Miami. 

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Life for Nick is simple until he meets a new client named Mae (Rebecca Ferguson). Mae wishes to hire the use of Reminiscence so she can locate her keys. But for Nick, he falls in love with her harder tan anyone he’s ever met before. A romance between the two begins but soon, out of nowhere, Mae vanishes! Now Nick conducts his very own investigation to find out where she is and what happened to her.

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The look of this film is incredible. It’s visually stunning and pleasing, especially when it comes to the look of Miami and the futuristic elements that come with it. Visual effects and the creative aspects are fun, and I generally enjoyed the concept of the Reminiscence machine as well as the other gadgets that surround it. 

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The performance from Hugh Jackman is another solid strength for this film, and it’s no surprise that the actor delivers as per usual, even when the lead’s actions are not always agreeable. The side performance from Rebecca Ferguson was also great, and she brings a character to life that is filled with mystery and beauty. Thandiwe Newton as Nick’s best friend brought some fun moments and attempted humour with quirky one-liners, which worked well for most of the film. 

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Reminiscence isn’t just a sci-fi film; it’s also a thriller that reminded me of older classics.  It had a strong detective noir vibe, with the lead character consistently questioning himself and giving full descriptions of his thoughts through narration. 

I enjoyed plenty of aspects here, but a few minor details certainly held this mysterious film back. Elements such as the narration from the lead himself can at times feel cheesy and forced. The film’s mystery is certainly a good one, but it’s not a mystery that had me on the edge of my seat or overly invested; it’s just a good story.  This could also perhaps be because the introduction of the romance earlier in the film is somewhat brief and lacked my general investment.  No matter, the mystery kept me highly engaged for the full duration, and viewers will want to know the truth.  At times, the film moves at a slow pace, and some reveals are predictable and, again, not overly exciting as I hoped. Despite all of these small factors, it is still enjoyable.

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Overall, I truly enjoyed the majority of this film.  The general look of the future and Miami being flooded are just some examples, along with the concept of the Reminiscence machine. Hugh Jackman is once again great on-screen.  This lead character conducts a neo-noir style investigation,  narrating his thoughts and moves. But while being quite enjoyable, some minor issues hold the film back ever so slightly, including moments of forced narration, rushed romance, predictability, and certain reveals that feel smaller than what I expected. I had a great time with this film, and it’s certainly a satisfying thriller with strong leading performances and solid visuals. Reminiscence (2021) is Now Available on Blu-ray & DVD!

7.2/10

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

19th August 2021
Written by Peter Walkden

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Guy (Ryan Reynolds) opens the film with narration, explaining his day-to-day life to viewers, including working at a bank.  We also gain an insight into where he lives, Free City.  But when Guy begins to have vivid dreams, he makes some major...

Sator (2019)

The story of Sator follows Adam (Gabriel Nicholson), a deer hunter who lives a lonely existence in a "cabin in the woods." We learn that occasionally his brother Pete (Michael Daniel) will pop in for a visit and that his Grandmother who lives close by, Nani...

The Dead Zone (1983)

Based on a novel by Stephen King, The Dead Zone follows Johnny (Christopher Walken), a teacher who is head over heels in love with a woman he hopes to marry in due time. But things go wrong when Johnny gets involved in a terrible motor vehicle accident, putting Johnny...

Mosquito State (2020)

Set in 2007, the film introduces Richard (Beau Knapp), a talented yet highly obsessive data analyst who works on Wall Street. Richard is passionate about details. He generally keeps to himself as he lacks people skills and struggles to have decent conversations with...

Jakob’s Wife (2021)

Anne (Barbara Crampton) lives in a small town married to Jakob, the church pastor who enjoys helping others within the community. But for Anne, things could be a lot better, especially when it comes to her marriage with Jakob. Over the last thirty years, their...

Bleed With Me (2020)

Rowan (Lee Marshall) accepts an invitation from her friend Emily (Lauren Beatty) to go to an isolated cabin during winter. Joining them is Emily's boyfriend Brendon (Aris Tyros).  Our three leads begin the film by driving up to the cabin, and Rowan has a nap in...

The Ice Road (2021)

Set in Canada, the film begins with a group of miners working underground.  An explosion occurs, trapping over twenty men underground. Without air supply, it's only a matter of time until the men run out of oxygen and die.  With the clock ticking, an...

Jungle Cruise (2021)

Dr Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) recovers an artifact that will lead her deep into the Amazon with hopes of finding an ancient tree rumoured to have the power to heal. The only catch is, to travel in the Amazon and possibly changed medicine forever, Dr Lily and her...

Nightmares (1980)

On February 23th, 1963, a tragic event occurred to a young girl and her mother.  On this day, young Cathy is sleeping in the backseat of a car while her mother is driving. Her mother is making out with a man in the front seat of the car.  Cathy wakes with...

Malcolm (1986)

Shy but talented mechanical mastermind Malcolm (Colin Friels) lives in Melbourne, Australia and works with trams (his favourite things to be around). But when Malcolm is fired for building his very own tram, he's not sure what he'll do next.  Jobless and with...

Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One (2021)

Gotham City is filled with crime, chaos, and corruption, thanks to the powerful Falcone family. In the present day, many people live in fear as corruption gets even more potent and crime is rising on the city streets. Bruce Wayne (aka Batman) is working on ways to...

Django Shoots First (1966)

Django is a cowboy with a skilled hand and a gun. While Django is travelling, he bumps into a bounty killer who happens to be carrying his dead father. He successfully shoots and kills the bounty killer, leaving him questioning what to do next with his dead father....

Honey Boy (2019)

The film begins with the introduction of a 22-year-old male actor named Otis (Luke Hedges). Otis is working on various blockbuster films until he encounters several frustrations.  Some of these frustrations lead to him drinking heavily before being involved in a...

Songbird (2020)

The year is 2024, and the pandemic continues to cause havoc around the world. Now known as COVID23, the death toll has skyrocketed up to 8,400,010 in 2024 alone. This newest COVID strain causes more harm, and the virus can now attack brain tissue.  Life for many...

Paradise Cove (2021)

Knox (Todd Grinnell) is a contractor who gets the opportunity to take his wife Tracey (Mena Suvari) to Malibu. Sadly, Knox's mother recently passed away, and now he has desires to renovate his mum's beach house with hopes of selling it at a huge profit due to its...

Ravage (2019)

The film begins with a state detective visiting a bandage covered patient in a hospital.  So badly wounded, the bandages even cover her face. The patient begins to reveal how she got herself in such a condition, and we soon learn the woman's name is Harper...

Lowdown Dirty Criminals (2020)

Freddy (James Rolleston) and his best mate Marvin (Samuel Austin) are about to embark into a world of crime, chaos, and trouble. It all starts when Freddy loses his job as a pizza delivery driver.  A customer accuses Freddy of being late with the delivery and of...

Breaker Morant (1980)

Set in South Africa in 1901, Breaker Morant is an Australian film that follows the Boer War. A team of Australian Bushveldt Carbineers are given orders to take on the enemy and leave no man alive. But these orders land Lieutenant Harry Morant and two other men on...

The Toll (2021)

Set in Wales, Officer Catrin (Annes Elwy) receives a personal invitation to visit the local Toll Booth at night. She finds the operator wants to have a quiet and straightforward discussion with just the two of them. From this, we gain an interesting back story,...

Till Death (2021)

Emma (Megan Fox) is currently in a dull and soulless marriage.  So bored in her marriage, she has even considered seeing another man but can never actually go through with it. This year, her husband has a special treat for the two of them on their wedding...

The Secret Garden (2020)

Based on The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911), the 2020 adaption follows little Mary Lennox, who has recently been orphaned.  Upon being sent from India to her uncle's estate, Misselthwaite, we follow her adjustment to a new way of life in...

Old (2021)

The film introduces a family of four who are travelling to a holiday resort. Upon arriving at the resort, everything seems lovely and luxurious. The family begins to interact with other members at the resort who are also on vacation for different purposes and...