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Reminiscence (NC16)

Starring Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Thandiwe Newton, Daniel Wu, Cliff Curtis

Directed by Lisa Joy

​​​​​​​This Philip K Dick-esque sci-fi noir stars Hugh Jackman as a private eye (think Wolverine meets Sam Spade) obsessed with a missing nightclub singer (Rebecca Ferguson); to track her down, he uses a device that allows people to access lost memories. Along the way, he meets assorted unsavory characters (including a criminally underused Daniel Wu, as a flamboyant gangster) and gets implicated in a labyrinthine conspiracy (which turns out to be not that complicated). The directorial debut of Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy (who also wrote the script) sounds cool on paper but the result isn’t as compelling, which is sad given the cabal of talents behind and in front of the lens. While it boasts stunning production design (an almost submerged Miami) and nifty action sequences (an underwater tussle), it’s strangely not very memorable; it lingers on only to remind us of other like-minded movies such as Total Recall, Inception, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. This should have made a deafening splash but instead, it lands splat in the water and sinks. (2.5/5 stars)

Photo: Warner Bros Pictures

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