Climate change is no myth and the setting of Reminiscence gives the audience a glimpse of it. Lisa Joy’s “Reminiscence” breaks the current monotony in the movie landscape. It elopes the views from the cocoon of remakes and sequels, providing a power-packed sci-fiction noir.
The dystopian detective story draws a resemblance to Christopher Nolan’s “Memento” and “Intertersteller.” As New York Times writes, “The newest addition to what now plays like the Nolan Family Extended Universe.” The film stars Hugh Jackman as Nick and Rebecca Ferguson as Mae.
City submerged in water
The first thing viewers see in the film is water, buildings submerged in water. The characters are placed in almost submerged Miami of the future. The city is bored by the ocean on four sides. There are canals flowing and perpetual puddles.
Water is extremely symbolic in this film. Traveling via rowboats seems to be a common phenomenon. What’s interesting is to spot the trains, meteors, and cars still functioning amidst water. The city to save their skin from heat has adapted to a nocturnal lifestyle.
What would it be like living in such a world?
Considering the situation to be a near-future reality, is being real pragmatic. The filmmaker Joy embraces humans’ attachment to the glorious past and desires to cherish it again.
“In Reminiscence, she has fashioned a shadowy, future-set film noir, with all the genre trappings of a hardboiled narrator, a slinky femme fatale, Venetian blinds and, most relevantly, a sense of the past’s irrevocable hold over our lives — and our planet’s.”
That makes “Reminiscence” with a splash of romance adds a comforting element. Though it petrifies one to imagine such a future. Who knew that environmental disasters could be so stylish? The seas may be encroaching, but at least you can still get a stiff drink at a seedy nightclub and tersely muse on the past like private eyes of earlier times.
Watch the trailer here: