Memory is a 2022 American action thriller directed by Martin Campbell from a screenplay by Dario Scardapane. It is based on the novel De Zaak Alzheimer by Jef Geeraerts and is a remake of the previous adaptation of the novel, the Belgian film The Alzheimer Case. The film stars Liam Neeson as an aging hitman with dementia praecox who must flee after refusing a contract with a young girl; Guy Pearce, Monica Bellucci, Harold Torres, Taj Atwal and Ray Fearon also star.
Memory was released theatrically in the United States on April 29, 2022 by Open Road Films to generally mixed reviews from critics.
STORY: Constantly haunted by his morally bankrupt past, hitman Alex Louis (Liam Neeson) seeks redemption – and maybe a little more – when a 13-year-old loses her life to an ailing prostitution ring. along the US-Mexico border. His disappearance puts big names and their reputations in danger. Adapted for the screen from the Belgian novel “De Zaak Alzheimer” (Jan Decleir/ 2003), this detective saga presents all the highlights of Liam Neeson’s career: it’s not “not” exceptional, just too territorial, even according to its own criteria.
Being elderly and vulnerable on screen – with sagging skin, labored breathing and an unsightly gait – is feared by far more individuals than they are willing to admit. But not Liam Neeson; the Oscar-nominated actor hit the peak of his career with neo-noir films like the “Taken” trilogy and “Schindler’s List,” among others. As a result, it may seem like Neeson has become too comfortable with this subgenre, and his reluctance to come out can feel lethargic at times.
The Secret Alex de Neeson wants to quit his decades-long job as a professional killer in Martin Campbell’s “Memory.” “Men like us don’t retire,” his employer sings, a half-hearted attempt to bring him back. He returns to work, with no release option in sight. However, the next victim is a little girl and her pent up sense of morality comes to the surface. “I don’t kill children.” “Ask the hounds to call it off,” he said deadly, his icy eyes expressing desperation. For the most part, Neeson plays a traditional action hero Neeson.
When his newfound moral compass forces him to meet three authority-disparaging federal agents: Vincent (Guy Pearce), Linda (Taj Atwal), and their undesirable Mexican counterpart Hugo Marquez, the real work for the actor begins (Harold Torres). A morally bankrupt guy with severe Alzheimer’s disease seeks (and finds) solace in the gentle arms of genre veteran Liam Neeson. In fairness, despite the overuse of the song, this character-driven image had something its predecessors didn’t: a raw, hurt Hollywood celebrity on the brink of retirement.
Speaking of age-appropriate mannerisms, the saying of a business executive-turned-child-trafficking racketeer is orgasmic-toned Monica Belluci as Davana Sealman. Italian bella signora commands attention with her shy mein and a wardrobe that screams dark elegance. Hit !
Surely all of those raunchy cinematic instincts — the cinematic high — that filmmakers love to scream to weave a masterpiece out of an alien story were brushed aside in Campbell’s “Memory.” The little girl in question may have sparked a wide range of feelings in the hearts of the quadruplets, but with so little time spent with her, it’s a little hard to swallow their unwavering commitment to avenging her murder. Sure, the past provides ample justification for such chaos, but when was a movie deemed relevant solely on the basis of random flashbacks?
“Memory” is an apt reminder of the anti-hero-romanticism track that Liam Neeson has glamorized in Hollywood over the past few decades. In it, however, he allows decadence and honesty to trump pseudo-machismo. And this memory will remain forever etched in our memories.