There seems to be an interesting pattern with anyone who works with one of the Nolan brothers. Essentially, anyone who makes a directorial debut seems to enjoy stories about dissociation from reality and mortality...and mind-grafting. A lot of mind-grafting. Back in 2014, Christopher Nolan's long-time cinematographer Wally Pfister rose to the director's chair for the film Transcendence which focused on a wife trying to safe her husband by uploading his consciousness into an artificial intelligence program, leaving her to question whether it really is her husband who has survived in cyberspace. Now, Lisa Joy, who is the co-creator of Westworld with Jonathan Nolan, is taking the helm on a similar project, although this time it's more about how the consciousness could be accurate or not as opposed to being human or machine.
Reminiscent of Strange Days, Joy's new film Reminiscence (which oddly rhymes with Pfister's film), sees Hugh Jackman in the role of Nicolas Bannister, a rugged and solitary veteran living in a near-future Miami flooded by rising seas. He's also an expert in a dangerous occupation: he offers clients the chance to relive any memory they desire. However, his life changes when he meets Mae (Played by Rebecca Ferguson), leading to a passionate love affair. However, when a different client's memories implicate Mae in a series of violent crimes, Bannister must delve through the dark world of the past to uncover the truth about the woman he fell for.
Today, the official trailer for the film has been released ahead of it's simultaneous theatrical/HBO Max release on August 20th. Check it out below:
Reminiscence co-stars Thandiwe Newton, Daniel Wu, and Cliff Curtis.