Remember (Nik's Piks: Movie Review)

"Living a lie is not a life." ~ Remember

How do you make peace with your unspeakable past if you can't remember it? Remember is a 2015 (released in U.S. in 2016)  film starring two of Hollywood's greats, Christopher Plummer (Zev) and Martin Landau (Max) as two gentlemen who befriend each other in a nursing home. Their bond and friendship is based on the fact that they are the last two survivors who can identify the face of the Nazi commander who killed their families in Auschwitz. 

After the death of his wife, Ruth, Zev sets out to fulfill a promise to Max, another Holocaust survivor now confined to a wheelchair who spent his life tracking down escaped Nazi war criminals, to find the man responsible for killing their families. However, Zev is suffering from dementia and must rely on detailed instructions written down by Max. His search for revenge takes him from city to city as he investigates and confronts former Nazi soldiers in search of the commander. 

"You've lived a lie so long, you've convinced yourself it's true." ~ Remember

Zev's unbelievable journey brings up the tragic events of his past that otherwise went forgotten. Remember is an intense human drama that contains some of the most gut-wrenching and shocking scenes I've seen on screen in a long time. Plus, it had one of the best endings to any film I've ever watched. 

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The film has already received international recognition, and I hope to see it receive some nominations at the next Academy Awards.  It is a remarkably powerful film that should not be missed. World War II buffs in particular will want to be sure to watch it. Plummer is no less than outstanding. The film also stars Dean Norris and Henry Czerny. Remember is rated R for a sequence of violence and language. 

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