7/10 Not to be confused with a full length adaptation of the hit song from the musical “Cats” or a movie about what Joe Biden has lost for several years now, “Memory” follows an assassin tasked with carrying out a few hits but backs out when one of the people he is supposed to kill ends up being a child. To further complicate things, he is losing his memory due to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. This is the latest in a string of Liam Neeson action films, most of which have been forgettable and rather generic. What elevates this film is director Martin Campbell (“GoldenEye”, “Casino Royale”) who now has his third straight underrated action film in a row following 2017’s “The Foreigner” and last year’s “The Protégé”. Unfortunately, I was not aware before I saw this that it is actually a remake of a 2003 Belgian film entitled “The Memory of a Killer”. Anytime I review a remake, it has to be compared to the original to see if it even justifies being made and how it stacks up next to the original. My score might be higher or lower depending upon how the original film was but I unfortunately can’t compare them since I haven’t seen the original film. That being said, since I had somewhat low expectations, this ended up being a pleasant surprise, despite some flaws. As for those flaws, let’s begin with those. The villains in this film are fairly two dimensional and we get no real development or character arcs from them, making them forgettable in the end. The score is pretty generic as well. Finally, I understand muscle memory but Neeson’s character Alex Lewis is able to do some pretty spectacular things for a man who is struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. It seems that when the plot needs him to be a badass, his disease takes a back seat but when the plot calls for him to be forgetful or make mistakes, the disease suddenly becomes more prevalent. Despite those flaws, I found myself enjoying the film overall. Campbell’s direction is solid with the action being entertaining and I appreciated that the film didn’t shy away from violence without being over the top about it. The film felt extremely realistic when it dealt with the bureaucracy of high level law enforcement types and district attorneys who know that crimes are being committed, but refuse to go after the criminals due to politics (this happens all around the world every day). The performances are fairly strong across the board with the standout for me being the underrated Guy Pearce who plays FBI agent Vincent Serra (you know this is a fictional film when an FBI agent actually cares about stopping criminals). The pacing is strong so you will be entertained from start to finish. With a strong cast, solid pacing, great action and a relevant plot, “Memory” may not stick in your memory forever but you will certainly be entertained and find plenty to enjoy about the film if you keep your expectations in check.

#ATripDownMemoryPain / #FBIForgetfulButIntelligent / #AStandUpGuyPearce / #TakenPills / #DoesntRingACampBell / #TheDecAyTeam

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