If you want your daily dose of neo-noir, science fiction, action, or even thriller, you might have your answer in a particular Hugh Jackman-led film that was recently storming the Netflix UK top ten films chart.
Directed and written by Lisa Joy, known for her work on the critically acclaimed series Westworld, Reminiscence has boldly claimed a large audience. The film boasts an impressive ensemble cast, with Hugh Jackman taking the lead alongside Rebecca Ferguson, Thandiwe Newton, and Cliff Curtis.
Reminiscence unfolds in a near-future Miami submerged by rising sea levels, where Jackman portrays Nick Bannister, a private investigator dealing in memories.
In a world where technology allows people to relive their memories, Nick becomes entangled in a labyrinthine web of passion and deceit when he is hired to help a mysterious femme fatale, Mae (played by Rebecca Ferguson) recover lost memories. As he delves deeper into the recesses of the past, he unravels a conspiracy that challenges the very fabric of reality.
Upon its initial release, Reminiscence received mixed reviews, with praise directed at its ambitious concept, breathtaking visuals, and Hugh Jackman’s compelling performance. However, it was a box office dud.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, director Lisa Joy had rued over the fact that due to the threat of the pandemic still looming at the time of release, many won’t be able to experience Reminiscence on the big screen. “I recently saw it on an IMAX and got such a thrill from it. It was just so fun. I felt like I was seeing it for the first time,” Joy continued, “because normally, by the time you lock a movie, you’re pretty sick of it. (Laughs.) If it’s your own movie, you’ve seen it so many times. But watching it on IMAX, I got to really experience it almost as a moviegoer and that was lovely.”
Reminiscence has found its audience on Netflix, where you can watch it too.