Memory is a 2022 American action thriller film directed by Martin Campbell, starring Liam Neeson as an aging hitman with early onset dementia that must go on the run after declining a contract on a young girl. It is based on the novel De Zaak Alzheimer by Jef Geeraerts and is a remake of the novel's previous adaptation, the Belgian film The Alzheimer Case. Theatrically released in the United States on April 29, 2022 by Open Road Films, and received mostly negative reviews.
When Alex, an expert assassin, refuses to complete a job for a dangerous criminal organization, he becomes a target. FBI agents and Mexican intelligence are brought in to investigate the trail of bodies, leading them closer to Alex. With the crime syndicate and FBI in hot pursuit, Alex has the skills to stay ahead, except for one thing, he is struggling with severe memory loss, affecting his every move. Alex must question his every action, and who he can ultimately trust.
Why It Can't Remember Anything
- The film's plot is cliche.
- There are several pauses that makes it a boring genre fare.
- One example of these several pauses is where Alex gets beaten up badly by an angry police officer during a violent police interrogation.
- Another pause is where grizzled Agent Serra is staring out a window and drinking a Scotch whisky.
- The characters are useless.
- While some of the action scenes may be good, the staging is ridiculous.
- The film harnesses anger and rage to those who want to hurt the innocent.
- It is said to be a conspiracy thriller, but the film instead turns into a rote action film.
- The subplot is wasted, especially when the protagonists bounce back and forth.
- The pacing is slow due to its bad redundancy.
- The script lacks the ability to give them the required depth to make their personal arcs and the central crime story impactful.
- While the film does some charm to its characters, the script doesn't have the ability to give them the depth that was needed to make the central crime story stunning.
- It lacks the texture and sense of place that could have made the movie better.
- Bad opening: Alex Lewis strangles a man to death in front of his dying mom.
- It may be a little better than Blacklight.
- The primary storyline is fascinating.
- The fight scenes are perfect.
Memory received mostly negative reviews from critics. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 29% of 94 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 4.8/10. The website's consensus reads, "A pale facsimile of better action-thrillers by star Liam Neeson or director Martin Campbell, Memory proves to be one of their most forgettable efforts yet.". Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 41 out of 100, based on 28 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by PostTrak gave it a 66% positive score, with 49% saying they would definitely recommend it.
Memory grossed $7.3 million in the United States and Canada, and $6.3 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $13.6 million.
In the United States and Canada, the film was projected to gross between $2–5 million from 2,555 theaters in its opening weekend. The film made $1.1 million on its first day and went on to debut to $3.1 million, finishing eighth at the box office. Men made up 51% of the audience during its opening, with those above the age of 25 comprising 84% of ticket sales and those above 45 comprising 46%. The ethnic breakdown of the audience showed that 49% were Caucasian, 20% Hispanic and Latino Americans, 20% African American, and 11% Asian or other. The film earned $1.4 million in its second weekend before dropping out of the box office top ten in its third with $450,038.