In the near future or an alternate reality, there are memory detectives, people who have the ability to enter other peoples’ electronically aided memories. They often are used to resolve psychological conflicts, and sometimes to exonerate someone from a crime. John was at one time the top in this field but he has been recovering from the death of his wife, and a stroke. To get back into work the head of the small firm he works for offers him what is supposed to be a simple job, getting 16 year old Anna to start eating again. However, the “simple job” turns into his most challenging.
Genre : Thriller/Mystery
Country : USA/Spain/France
Mark Strong : John
Taissa Farmiga : Anna
Brian Cox : Sebastian
Director : Jorge Dorado
“If you ever find me particularly attractive in a memory …it’s probably because I made that up too”
There’s this saying “A penny for your thoughts”. And sometimes it’s better not to know what someone’s thoughts are. John Washington (Mark Strong) experienced that firsthand. John is a “Memory detective”, working for Mindscape Company, and has the ability to penetrate into the memory of people in order to figure out what’s going on in the psyche. This procedure is sometimes used in court cases to determine whether the accused is indeed the culprit. It’s still not totally valid but the technique is preferred to be used instead of a lie detector test. But John himself is also a tormented spirit and during a session he got confronted with his own memory of his deceased wife and he got a mild heart attack. He’s mentally unable to perform his work as “Memory detective” and he goes on a well-deserved rest. The lack of money becomes a problem and he’s forced to return to his boss Sebastian (Brian Cox) who gives him a seemingly simple case in which a teenage girl refuses to eat. John needs to find out whether she is a brilliant sociopath or a traumatized teenager.
Taissa Farmiga, the intelligent Anna who balances between trauma and violence, was an undeniably perfect choice for this role. For me, a rising star of the same level as Saoirse Ronan: an innocent look with a certain sensuality and yet frighteningly dangerous. She looked familiar to me and afterwards I read she played Sarah in “Jamesy Boy“. The conversations between John and Anna were pleasant to hear and sometimes put together in a very clever way, with John trying to uncover the truth, while Anna quirky parries these attempts by using her intellect. It’s a pitty that the intellect of reasoning and conversing wasn’t used in the overall storyline. Because despite a slasher-like start that turned into a psychological thriller, was the ending still pretty disappointing. The rendition by Farmiga was impressive. The storyline however will only be a memory after a while ….
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