Since its premiere, HBO’s Westworld inspired its audience to become internet detectives, lighting up Reddit boards and social media with theories as they tried to solve the mysteries co-creator Lisa Joy helped concoct. Joy knows that viewers will want to get ahead of a mystery any time one is at the heart of a story. In her first feature film, the science fiction mystery film Reminiscence, hints about the plot can be found in the movie’s score, which is composed by Westworld‘s Ramin Djawadi.
The music is “incredibly important,” Joy explained during a press event yesterday ahead of the debut of the film’s first trailer. Each of the film’s main characters has a theme, and if you listen closely, there are clues in the score to help guide you to what’s really going on in this obsessive mystery tale.
We learned a lot more about Reminiscence from Joy and stars Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson, Thandiwe Newton, and Daniel Wu. Here’s what you need to know.
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In the near future, nothing is more addictive than the past.
Reminiscence, the first feature film from Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy, takes place in a near future in which some of Miami has flooded due to rising water levels, and its residents rely on nostalgia as a means of escape. Technology exists that can let people fully immerse themselves in their previous experiences, reliving memories not only visually, but through all of their senses. With that as the backdrop, Hugh Jackman plays a “private investigator of the mind” (hell yes) who meets an alluring femme fatale, played by Mission: Impossible actress Rebecca Ferguson, and quickly becomes obsessed with her.
Despite the film’s impressive production design, sleek visual style, and mind-related plot mechanics, Reminiscence is not related to Christopher Nolan’s Inception. (We think.) But take a look at the first full trailer and see what Joy was able to craft during her first time in the director’s chair.
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Florian Zeller‘s drama The Father had a surprising presence in the 2021 Oscar nominations, and the film also just walked away with a couple BAFTAs across the pond. Now the filmmaker is lining up his follow-up with an adaptation of his stage play The Son, and Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern will be taking lead roles in the family drama. Read More »
Back at the end of last year, Reminiscence, the time travel thriller starring Hugh Jackman and helmed by Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy in her feature directorial debut, was removed from the 2021 release calendar entirely. But following WarnerMedia’s game-changing announcement of its day-and-date releases for its entire 2021 slate, Reminiscence appeared in a short teaser of the upcoming HBO Max releases this year. Now Warner Bros. has set a new Reminiscence release date for its same-day theatrical and HBO Max debut, along with a tantalizing new teaser that will have viewers reminiscing about a different movie – one by Christopher Nolan. Watch the (very short) Reminiscence teaser below.
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Despite originating at 20th Century Fox before the studio was bought by the Walt Disney Company, the Deadpool franchise will continue in the hands of Marvel Studios. We’ve already gotten confirmation that Deadpool 3 is in development, and it will stick with the R-rated, irreverent approach to superhero movies that fans loved so much in the first two installments. However, if a recent post on Twitter from Ryan Reynolds is to be believed, the merger may have made us miss out on a very different version of Deadpool 3 that would have involved Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Read More »
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The Movie: Real Steel
Where You Can Stream It: Netflix
The Pitch: In the not-so-distant future, boxing has gone high-tech. 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots have taken over the ring, and washed up boxer Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) can’t stop his streak of bad luck losing fights with robots that he doesn’t know how to handle. But when his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) shows up on his door-step, he might have a shot at a comeback when the two stumble upon an old sparring robot with an intriguing glint of life in his eyes and the strength to take some hits without slowing down. As the two hit the robot boxing circuit, they not only find a hopeful new champion, but a chance at having a real connection with each other.
Why Its Essential Viewing: The kind of sports comedies and action adventures that kids of the 1980s and 1990s grew up with just aren’t being made by studios anymore. Chalk it up to studios unwilling to take risks in gearing more edgy movies towards younger audiences, or just a lack of interest in family friendly movies that aren’t animated tentpoles or four quadrant blockbusters. But in 2011, Night at the Museum franchise director Shawn Levy delivered both a sports drama and a sci-fi adventure that mixes Rocky with The Iron Giant, giving us some Amblin Entertainment kind of magic and heart that doesn’t come along very often. Perhaps that’s why Steven Spielberg executive produced it. Read More »
Now that 20th Century Fox is part of The Walt Disney Company, the rights to make new X-Men action figures inspired by the film franchise now lie at Hasbro. That’s why Marvel Legends is finally getting back around to making figures based on the X-Men movies, and they’re starting by celebrating the 20th anniversary of the original X-Men movie, the one that launched the comic book movie craze of the 21st century.Get a load of the first wave of Marvel Legends X-Men movie action figures below. Read More »
Michael Mann‘s long-in-development Ferrari movie is finally shifting back into gear. More than five years after Mann’s biopic about the driver and businessman who founded the famed car manufacturer was first announced, STX has set a 2021 production start date for Ferrari, with Hugh Jackman in talks to star.
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Hey, did you know Hugh Jackman will never play Wolverine again? He’s only said so about a billion times, but someone decided to ask him the question again, and since he’s a nice guy, he answered. But Wolverine isn’t the only part Jackman is turning down. The actor (and singer) revealed that he was offered multiple roles in Tom Hooper‘s nightmarish flop Cats, and said thanks, but no thanks.
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Hey, do you like schools, scandals, and actors doing their best Long Island accents? Then you’re going to want to check out Bad Education, a new HBO film featuring Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney. Based on a true story, Bad Education follows a school superintendent who tried to cover up an embezzlement scandal, with less-than-ideal results. Watch the Bad Education trailer below.
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