Remember when a good script, great acting, strange settings, and a sound, musical score were the active ingredients to cooking-up a successful suspense-movie-thriller? Well, film director Atom Egoyan has once again prepared and presents his main course, Remember; a shrewdly slow-paced suspense film about long-awaited vengeance.
Remember stars Christopher Plummer (as Zev Guttman) and Martin Landau (as Max Rosenbaum) both Auschwitz survivors living present day in a nursing home. We learn that the 2 old men made a "pack" in the past. Zev agreed to find a former Nazi prison guard who killed his family. This guard has been living under an assumed name for 70 years in the USA. It appears that Max, who is wheelchair bound, is dependent on Zev doing all the "heavy lifting."
What follows is Zev going on a solo road-trip, with a deadly mission, that takes him all around the country and even to Canada. It's quite clear that Zev suffers from late-stages of Alzheimer’s. How he battles to keep focused on his mission is clever.
What's most clever about this film is the way that Egoyan keeps his audience's attention, when most all the action is led by an 88-year-old actor. It's like a scene in a zombie movie where the slow-footed zombie is attacking a human; all the while the suspense builds because of the anticipated attack. A super-fast zombie attacking is just not as suspenseful - the payoff comes much too quickly.
Not in this film. The payoff is slow and savoring.