Review of the film “Memory”: an unforgettable saga of assassins

Despite its impressive pedigree, Memory moves like molasses and it is better to erase it from the hard drive as soon as possible

Despite his impressive pedigree, Memory moves like molasses and it is better to erase it from the hard drive as soon as possible

There’s a subgenre of movies featuring assassins – the men are super skilled with a weird quirk and the women are uniformly beautiful with a penchant for fetish fashion. An assassin with a memory problem will have all pop psychologists somersaulting on their couches with glee. Jason Bourne is the most famous amnesiac assassin of all.

At Martin Campbell’s Memory we have a hitman with different kinds of memory problems – dementia praecox. When Alex Lewis (Liam Neeson) refuses to hit a child, he has the bad guys who ordered the hit as well as the good guys — the FBI, local police, and Mexican intelligence after him. In the midst of it all, he has to work with his unreliable memory, taking notes on his arm much like Leonard Shelby in Memento.

Memory

Director: Martin Campbell

With: Liam Neeson, Guy Pearce, Monica Bellucci, Harold Torres, Taj Atwal, Ray Fearon

Scenario: An assassin with dementia praecox is on the run after refusing a hit

Runtime: 114 minutes

Proving the interconnectedness of all things, Guy Pearce of Memento plays Vincent, the motivated FBI agent with bad hair, who can be compared to his Richard Ryan in the miniseries Easttown Mare where he was suspect only for the horror of his hair.

The film is an adaptation of the novel by Jef Geeraerts, The case of Alzheimer’sand a remake of the 2003 Belgian film, The Alzheimer case. Campbell, who was responsible for two highly successful James Bond reboots — golden eye and Royal Casino doesn’t seem to be firing on all cylinders with Memory.

The actors (Leeson and Pearce) sleepwalk through their roles or act as if they’re in a parody. Monica Bellucci as the Real Estate Moghul wears nice clothes and makes creepy claims while pouting dangerously. The action is sporadic and tedious. Despite his impressive pedigree, Memory moves like molasses and it is best to erase it from the hard drive as soon as possible.

“Memory” is in theaters now

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