I was hoping, after seeing The Greatest Showman, that Rebecca Ferguson and Hugh Jackman would work together again. They had such great chemistry, and it continued in Reminiscence.
In the future, sea levels have risen leaving Florida and Louisiana flooded. The areas populated by rich folk are damned up and dry. Those populated by the less fortunate suffered a worse fate. In that future, reliving old memories has become a way of life. Hugh Jackman and Thandie Newton play Nick and Emily, two private investigators who assist others do this.
Nick is also obsessed with revisiting the past as the love of his life (Rebecca Ferguson) disappeared without a trace. For years he scoured his memories looking for clues. Now, he finally has some leads and it sends him down a path that leads him to outcomes he doesn’t like.
It’s narrated by Jackman, whose voice doesn’t really carry the melancholy of the dialogue, but it’s convincing enough. At its core, Reminiscence is a love story. The middle gets muddled with the investigating process, but it begins and ends in the same place. Two characters who truly loved each other.
It’s middle of the road okay. Certainly watchable, but will not rank among the great love stories if our time. It’s Jackman’s intensity and Ferguson’s presence that keep your attention. That takes nothing away from Newton, who brings common sense to the melodrama. I
‘m reminded of Spielberg’s Minority Report. A film that tells a bleak future for the investigative nature of life. I thought of this film several times during my viewing if Reminiscence, and I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing.
On a side note, the film makes great use of an abandoned amusement park in New Orleans. A place I had hoped to photograph on my travels a couple years back but wasn’t able.
This film will have a good run on VOD when it arrives, but for now you can view if in theaters or on HBO Max.