Memory

When I’m in Serbia, I usually don’t have a lot to do during the day other than sleep, eat, and sleep some more. Since I have no Intarwebs, I can’t do all the usual stuff I do at home, so I usually end up borrowing like 100 movies from the girl next door, since her boyfriend is somehow able to get his hands on quite a lot of movies.

Anywho, I thought it would be a shame to not review a few of them, so I’m sitting here aaaat… 4:32 AM, on the laptop I bought for my cousin from my friend for a lunch, since it was broken six ways from Sunday, but it was still a pretty good laptop once it got fixed.

Psychological thrillers is probably my favourite movie genre, but unfortunately, most follow the same template making them fairly easy to predict. The movie “Memory” (based on the novel of the same name) starring Billy Zane as neurologist Taylor Briggs is unfortunately not any different.

The tagline “Sometimes, memories can kill” is rather misleading, as there are not any additional murders during the time in which the movie takes place, so there no memories causing any deaths (except maybe one, but that’s a bit of a stretch).

The tagline does tell something about the plot though; the story begins with a guy being chased by a tribe of natives and being forced to ingest a white powder when he gets caught. Dr. Briggs is asked to consult at the hospital where the man, after having been found by authorities (or something) has been brought in and it is revealed that the powder had caused cancer (or brain tumours, I forget) to specifically attack the memory centres of the brain.

While inspecting the guy’s bag, dr. Briggs cuts his finger on a sharp object hidden in the bag and becomes ‘infected’ with the white powder. From that point on, he starts experiencing vision of child kidnapping and murders occurring before he was born and becomes obsessed with finding out the nature of the white powder and solving the identity of the masked murderer/kidnapper.

I loved the concept of the movie enough to disregard that there was no chance in hell that the powder, consisting mostly of sand, would be potent enough to induce those kind of visions for that long a duration via a transfer in a cut too small to be seen or even start visibly bleeding. I also like that the movie actually had me going for a REALLY long while, but the moment Max died, all the pieces fell into place.

So from that point on, everything was just a confirmation of all my suspicions, even the true identity of Stephanie (as soon as you here she’s adopted, it becomes fairly obvious due to the simple fact that it is a manufactured story, so while the odds in real life would be 1 in a gazillion, in a movie, it’s 1 in 1).

So I would say that the ending seemed fairly rushed because everything is revealed in literally the last 10-15 minutes of the movie. I would have liked for it to be drawn out a bit longer, so from that, the book might be significantly better. It was not a bad movie though, and if your aren’t a thriller/murder mystery/human psychology nut like I am, you will probably enjoy this movie quite a bit.

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