Reminiscence, the feature debut by Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy, was one of many films that saw its release disrupted by COVID-19 last year. The sci-fi effort that reunites The Greatest Showman duo of Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Ferguson was removed from the schedule, but was teased as part of WarnerMedia’s upcoming 2021 slate. And now we not only know when the film will be in theaters and HBO Max, but we have a brief teaser that I think is giving off very specific Christopher Nolan vibes.
You're going on a journey through memory. All you have to do is follow my voice. #Reminiscence, in U.S. theaters and streaming starting 9.3.21. (Internationally in theaters starting 8.25.21). @hbomax @wbpictures pic.twitter.com/OBwC3g3cM7
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) February 19, 2021
A journey through the mind? Between Jackman’s soothing words and the imagery this definitely feels a lot like Inception. The film actually takes place in a future version of Miami flooded by rising seas, with Jackman as “Nick Bannister, a private investigator of the mind, who navigates the darkly alluring world of the past by helping his clients access lost memories. Living on the fringes of the sunken Miami coast, his life is forever changed when he takes on a new client, Mae (Rebecca Ferguson). A simple matter of lost and found becomes a dangerous obsession. As Bannister fights to find the truth about Mae’s disappearance, he uncovers a violent conspiracy, and must ultimately answer the question: how far would you go to hold on to the ones you love?”
In other words, don’t trust anything your eyes are seeing, which is advice you could take for Joy’s HBO series, Westworld, as well, which she co-created with husband Jonathan Nolan, brother of Christopher. These are the kinds of high-minded sci-fi thrillers they make and are generally pretty good at.
Reminiscence will now open on September 3rd, with a cast that includes Thandie Newton, Daniel Wu, Cliff Curtis, Natalie Martinez, Nico Parker, and Angela Sarafyan.