Movies: Remember Me * *
(15A, general release)
At some point or other, Robert Pattinson was always going to have to leave the cocoon of the Twilight franchise and show us whether he deserves to be the big star he currently is.
On the basis of Remember Me, the jury is still out, though, in fairness, his mainly competent performance is not among this film's biggest problems. Those would be Will Fetters' leaden, humourless script and a late twist that may infuriate some but merely left me feeling cheap.
Remember Me is set in New York in 2001 and stars Pattinson as Tyler Hawkins, an earnest sociology student whose furrowed brow signposts a troubled, angry soul. The alienated son of a wealthy Manhattan lawyer (Pierce Brosnan), Tyler is haunted by his elder brother's suicide six years previously: his parents have separated, and his dreamy 11-year-old little sister Caroline (Ruby Jerins) is having problems at school.
Tyler's attempts to protect Caroline grow increasingly frantic, while his inner rage is landing him in more and more fights.
Hope arrives in the shape of a sensible but romantic young woman called Ally (Emilie de Ravin), who has known tragedies of her own.
But the pitch is queered: Tyler initially approached her to get back at her father (Chris Cooper), a cop who arrested him after a brawl.
Slowly and painfully, Remember Me inches its way towards its dramatic conclusion. Mr Pattinson needs to be dissuaded from resorting when at a loss to his 'wandered lonely as a cloud' routine; his great head tends to droop in repose as though too heavy to be borne by a single body.
He's at his best in the scenes with his character's younger sister, when a lighter and far more appealing side appears.