REMEMORY (2017), which I was able to catch free at Google Play, tells the story of a man (Peter Dinklage) who steals a machine that can record and play back human memories. He uses the machine to investigate the death of the man (Martin Donovan) who invented it, while also prying open a horrifying event buried in his own past.
Peter Dinklage (best known for playing Tyrion in GAME OF THRONES) does a stellar job in the lead role, bringing his character’s haunted drive to life with real depth. The rest of the actors, particularly Julia Ormond, are excellent. The story movies along at a brisk pace in part thanks to good direction and a terrific script packed with solid dialogue.
While essentially a cozy mystery, the fantastic machine and its possibilities for psychology and crime solving further differentiates this story. In particular I enjoyed the difficult social ramifications of such a device, and the way this high technology is contrasted with a visual palette that is earthy and somber.
In the end, we find out this is far more a redemption story than a murder mystery. Though the conclusion is awkward, it provides some nice surprises.
I enjoyed it quite a bit. I wish THE DISCOVERY (Netflix, 2017) had been more like this, rather than a somewhat entertaining ripoff of ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND.