Lisa Joy’s “Reminiscence”: The greatest movie you never saw in 2021

After its release in theaters earlier this year, Lisa Joy’s new science-fiction thriller Reminiscence has now been released on Amazon Prime Video as a home-video premiere. It is Joy’s first feature film for the big screen after her amazing success with the HBO-Series Westworld, and certainly one of the greatest movie highlights of this year.

Produced in cooperation with her husband Jonathan Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Interstellar), Reminiscence is a movie for enthusiasts of sophisticated cinema in the tradition of all-time classics like Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, James Cameron’s Strange Days and Christopher Nolan’s Memento.

As the title suggests, Reminiscence is a story about residues of memories in the mind. Under the premise that “nothing is more addictive than the past”, Joy takes us on a “journey through memory” with an intense poetic language and imagery. It is the story of Nick Bannister (played by Hugh Jackman), who tries to find out who the woman he fell in love with really is after she vanishes without leaving a trace.

What on the first glimpse might sound simplistic is in truth an action-packed and intriguing story about truth and identity, but also about deceit and desperation. In a uniquely original neo-noir scenario, Lisa Joy takes a poetic approach on the existential questions of the individual stuck between the future and the past, and between illusion and reality.

Next to a stellar cast starring Hugh Jackman (Greatest Showman, The Prestige), Rebecca Ferguson (Dune, Greatest Showman), and Thandiwe Newton (Westworld), Reminiscence features award-winning composer Ramin Djawadi (Game of Thrones, Westworld) for the soundtrack of her ambitious debut feature. Reminiscence is now available on Amazon Prime Video in HD or in 4k UHD.

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