“Our fingerprints don’t fade from the lives we touch.”
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin and Caitlyn Rund
When two young New York lovers begin a wild romance, little do they know the profound impact they will have upon each other’s lives. Robert Pattinson and Emilie De Ravin star in this romantic drama, written by Will Fetters and directed by Allen Coulter.
Knowing that this would be his first chance to break out of the glittery vampire mould that the world knows him for, we see Pattinson pull out more acting skills than we have previously in the Twilight Saga. It’s the best performance he has given of his short career so far, and hopefully a glimpse at the potential he holds for his upcoming movie roles.
When Tyler (Pattinson), a scruffy, rebellious rich kid is dared to date Ally (Ravin), the daughter of a cop that he recently got into a scrap with, he doesn’t anticipate that he will develop any true feelings for her. Little does he know though, this is a key component for clichéd romantic movies; star-crossed lovers.
They share similarities in having broken homes, daddy issues and the death of close a family member. Tyler’s older brother Michael committed suicide a few years back, and Ally’s mother had been murdered when she was just 11 years old. Through Ally’s high spirits and attitude toward life though, Tyler finds some sort of understanding and begins to heal, finding happiness and meaning to his life again.
There are many broken relationships in this movie, but most notably the one between Tyler and his father, played by Pierce Brosnan. Charles Hawkins is a very business-centred man that seems to have little time for his family, believing that being a provider for his children’s needs will suffice in his fatherly duties. Although we didn’t see his relationship with his children before the death of his son, he is made out to be bitter, careless and unforgiving due to this, often taking his anger out on his children and thinking he can buy his way back in.
The acting in the film isn’t Oscar worthy, but it’s not terrible either. It’s good to see Pattinson move his face and actually convey human emotion, and no matter your views on Twilight, don’t let it deter you from seeing this film. In parts it can be a bit slow paced, making you question if the film is even worth watching, but occasional sparks in the acting and dialogue keep you engaged.
Acting credits must go to the fantastic Ruby Jerins who portrays Tyler’s younger sister, Caroline. The chemistry between her and Pattinson feels very real. Their relationship grounds the movie and pulls focus from the romanticism between him and Ally, allowing for a normal and pure love between family to be felt, obviously stronger since the passing of their brother.
It isn’t until the last 10 minutes of the film that the true twist is revealed though. The initial premise stages the film as yet another struggle for love, a script we see time and time again. However, it’s only at the end of the film that the underlying message is delivered, with no warning, in a turn of unprecedented events. The final scenes of the film are no way hinted at throughout the movie, definitely making it worth a watch. It is sure to leave audiences with goosebumps, and perhaps a different outlook on life.
Star Rating: 6/10
Directed by Allen Coulter.
Running time 108 minutes.