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Starring: Liam Neeson, Guy Pearce, Monica Bellucci, Harold Torres, Taj Atwal, Ray Fearon
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Action thriller directed by Martin Campbell. Memory (2022) follows Alex Lewis (Liam Neeson), an expert assassin with a reputation for discreet precision. After Alex refuses to complete a job that violates his code, he must quickly hunt down and kill the people who hired him before they and FBI agent Vincent Serra (Guy Pearce) find him first. Howeve, although Alex is built for revenge, his memory is beginning to falter, forcing him to question his every action, blurring the line between right and wrong.
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Gerald Nussbaum: [referring to Leon] Hold on, Serra, I want to make sure I’m clear on this. The lynchpin, the key to your whole investigation is laying in a meat wagon with his brains smashed in?
Linda Amisted: Vincent saved lives, sir. The f***er was going out messy.
Gerald Nussbaum: I don’t care, Amistead. What I care about, is an eleven month investigation that has taken considerable resources on both sides of the border, is now well and truly f***ed.
Vincent Serra: Not necessarily.
Gerald Nussbaum: Don’t add insult to injury.
Mauricio: [to Alex] Life is good now. It’s calmer. More money, less blood.
Mauricio: Our friends got you something nice.
Alex Lewis: Mauri, you want someone else. I’m not up for it right now.
Mauricio: Get up for it. Job’s in El Paso. You’re from there, right?
Alex Lewis: Another reason to say no. I’m trying to tell you, I’m getting out.
Mauricio: Alex, I need you on this. You know the town.
Alex Lewis: It’s too much.
Mauricio: The job is for two. Don’t you have a brother in El Paso?
Alex Lewis: Mauri, are you spying on me?
Mauricio: It’s our job to know things, Alex. So stop talking this retirement s**t. Men like us don’t retire.
Maya: [as she sees him at the hotel bar] So, too early in the day for a glass of wine? Or too late for a Bloody Mary?
Alex Lewis: Guess that depends on what kind of day you want to have.
Maya: That’s up to you, isn’t it?
William Borden: Your people said this will be done quickly.
Alex Lewis: And it will.
William Borden: I’m going to need a little more specificity than that.
Alex Lewis: No, you won’t. The less you know, the better.
Alex Lewis: [holding a gun to Van Camp’s head] You know why I’m here!
Ellis Van Camp: It’s all a misunderstanding.
Alex Lewis: It’s always a misunderstanding.
Ellis Van Camp: Don’t do this! I didn’t say anything, alright? It wasn’t supposed to go this far.
Alex Lewis: If I’m here, it’s gone too far.
Nurse: [referring to Alex’s brother] Don’t expect too much. When the onset of Alzheimer’s is this sudden…
Alex Lewis: I know how it starts.
Hugo Marquez: It’s pretty obvious the appetite for big fish, ends at the border.
Gerald Nussbaum: I don’t like what you’re insinuating, Marquez.
Hugo Marquez: I don’t think I was insinuating anything. I was saying it pretty flat out.
Serena: [as Vincent drops off Beatriz at the group home] I saw the paperwork, is she a witness or victim?
Vincent Serra: Both.
Alex Lewis: [referring to Beatriz] She’s a child.
William Borden: And that’s a problem?
Alex Lewis: [referring to killing Beatriz] I won’t do it.
William Borden: Your people knew who the contract was for.
Alex Lewis: I f***ing won’t do it. Are you deaf?
Alex Lewis: [referring to Van Camp’s flash drive] You want this? Huh? You call the contract off.
William Borden: You really don’t know what you’re playing with.
Alex Lewis: Oh, yes, I do.
Alex Lewis: [to Borden] The girl stays alive. Or you’re answerable to me. A**hole.
William Borden: [over phone, referring to Alex] He knows.
Davana Sealman: That’s a bit vague.
William Borden: He knows my name, where I live. And he won’t do the job, and he’s got Van Camp’s flash drives.
Davana Sealman: You said he wasn’t going to be a problem.
William Borden: I’m going to call Mexico City.
Davana Sealman: That’s one solution. An obvious and unsubtle one.
Davana Sealman: [referring to Alex] What does he want?
William Borden: To have the contract on the girl called off. We do that, he turns over the info.
Davana Sealman: There’s something to be said for that.
William Borden: You can’t trust him.
Davana Sealman: I didn’t say I trusted him. I said, I see his point of view.
Alex Lewis: [after seeing on the news that Beatriz has been murdered] Was I here last night?
Maya: Yes. What’s wrong?
Alex Lewis: You sure?
Mauricio: [after he’s sent to kill Alex, and ends up killing Maya] When did you go soft, Alex? They’ll end you for this.
Alex Lewis: Happy retirement, Maury!
[as Alex walks off, he sets off the car bomb that was meant for him, killing Mauricio]
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Dr. Meyers: Goodness, you got the heart of a thirty-five year-old. At this rate, you’ll live to be a hundred and thirty.
Davana Sealman: I’ll give you five million to make it a hundred and thirty-five. If you said, “Yes,” I’d fire you.
Dr. Meyers: You know if I said yes, I’d want you to.
Hugo Marquez: [referring to Beatriz] Nobody gives a f*** about that girl, Vincent. Except you, me, and Linda. I can do things you and her can’t. You know? As a concerned citizen.
Vincent Serra: From Mexico?
Hugo Marquez: Okay, concerned Mexican citizen.
Vincent Serra: With questionable investigative authority in the United States.
Ellis Van Camp: [as Alex listens to Van Camp’s flash drive] You’ve left me no choice. I won’t be cut out. Look, this doesn’t have to be ugly.
Davana Sealman: Blackmail is already ugly. Mr. Van Camp! We are not negotiating. You’ve crossed a line from which there is no return.
Vincent Serra: That’s three people likely killed with the same weapon.
Gerald Nussbaum: Look, I get it, the girl. She’s under your skin. Maybe you’re a little obsessed.
Vincent Serra: I’m just doing my job.
Linda Amisted: Hugo thinks it’s a pro, settling scores. We think it could be a hitter from across the fence.
Gerald Nussbaum: But you can’t be sure.
Vincent Serra: We can’t, but if the ballistics match, and there really is a Mexican killer tearing a** through town, we might want to get ahead of that. And we’re going to need Marquez.
Gerald Nussbaum: Alright, do what you have to do.
Danny Mora: [referring to Alex’s pills] Lab just came back on those pills. Diffadyl. Alzheimer’s drug. Your shooter is loosing his s**t.
Randy Sealman: [to Davana] Borden’s dead. Someone executed him. And if he got to Borden, then he’s close.
Vincent Serra: [over phone] Trafficking, Vincent Serra.
Alex Lewis: You’re the one who took the girl to the group home. Weren’t you?
Vincent Serra: Who is this?
Alex Lewis: Marshall. David Marshall.
Vincent Serra: [to Linda] Tap and trace.
Vincent Serra: David Marshall burned up a car downtown. Is that your doing?
Alex Lewis: I can’t keep doing your job for you.
Alex Lewis: [over phone] You’re too slow to make them pay. They’re too rich.
Vincent Serra: Who’s too rich?
Alex Lewis: The lawyer, the client.
Vincent Serra: Who’s the client?
Alex Lewis: [over phone] I want to believe that you are a good man, Vincent. I’m the bad man. Have been for a long time. But they have to be punished. If I can’t finish this, you have to.
Linda Amisted: [referring to Alex] He’s f***ing with us.
Vincent Serra: He’s just telling us we’re way too slow.