Robert Pattinson's next non-vampire movie doesn't open for another four months but that didn't stop Summit Entertainment from riding on 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' buzz and releasing the trailer for his romantic drama 'Remember Me' a few days before the Nov. 20 release of the latest big screen offering from Stephenie Meyer's best-selling series.
The British heartthrob puts his charisma and good looks to use as a brooding, misunderstood rebel without much of a cause except to reconnect with his distant father (Pierce Brosnan) following a family tragedy, and, of course, to get the girl.
A sort of stylized modern update of 'Romeo & Juliet,' 'Remember Me' centers around Tyler (Pattinson) and Ally (played by 'Lost's' Emile de Ravin), two lost souls who try to heal their inner turmoil by delving into a wild and ready romance that's threatened by their respective domineering parents.
It's interesting to see Pattinson attempt to break away from his iconic 'Twilight' role by charging into a gritty, character-driven drama that looks to rely more on raw acting talent and explosive emotional scenes than it does special effects and morphing demons. However, the story's setups of doomed romance, family conflict and the fight for personal redemption is reminiscent of 'Twilight' -- and the fact that he's donned in flannel and leaves his trademark tresses perfectly sculpted ala Edward Cullen doesn't deter the comparison merely because he's mortal this time around.
What makes 'Remember Me' stand out on its own is the dramatic and stylish storytelling of director Allen Coulter, who has helmed episodes of 'The Sopranos' and 'Sex and the City' and clearly knows how to bring out the best in his cast. The various scenes showcasing Pattinson, de Ravin, Brosnan and Chris Cooper (as Ally's dad), prove it. The intensity of acting in the trailer, which features Pattinson effortlessly covering a variety of emotions, defines an actor coming of age whether Twihards are ready for it or not.
'Remember Me' comes across as a mature romantic drama that seems safe and simple enough for Pattinson's young fan base to embrace as their tastes mature along with their moviegoing discretion. And if not, they can always grab their 'Twilight' trinkets and get in line now for the June 30, 2010 premiere of 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.'