On the surface, Remember sounds like potential bait. Christopher Plummer plays Zev, a dementia-stricken resident of a nursing home sent by Max (Martin Landau), a friend and fellow Holocaust survivor, to find the Nazi officer responsible for killing both of their families at Auschwitz; Max has narrowed the search down to four German men currently living in the U.S., but due to his physical health, can’t take on the task himself.
Under the guidance of director Atom Egoyan, though, Remember is a bit more bonkers than even its basic plot synopsis might suggest. The film is essentially a road trip movie, as Zev travels across the country to see if any of these four men are Nazis. In each case, he finds someone he wasn’t expecting. The most harrowing involves an encounter with the son of a wannabe SS officer, played by Dean Norris. Remember leaves its biggest twist for the end, though, and it’s a doozy of a twist – one that makes the rest of the film into a different piece entirely. It’s interesting, and Plummer makes Zev intensely watchable. But Oscar bait, this is not.