I’m not sure whether you’re aware, but Liam Neeson‘s new picture, Memory, is set to enter theaters soon. Open Road Films released a poster to help establish the tone for the adventure we’re about to embark on, with just over a month till the premiere. In the film, Liam Neeson plays an accomplished hitman who is recognized for his meticulous execution. Everything changes when he is forced to break his moral code on a mission, which is made worse when he begins to experience memory loss.
If you don’t look closely, the ad for Memory may appear to be ordinary, but the closer you study, the more you’ll find that it’s subtly hinting at tale themes. It first informs you that Neeson is playing against type by wearing gloves and using a gun with a silencer, all of which are normally associated with criminals. So it’s an action film, but this time the bad guy — or at the very least an anti-hero — is an Academy Award winner. Then there’s the clever usage of the title: certain letters in “Memory” are fading, and the “O” has been replaced with a bullet hole.
The “O” is also not positioned at random: it lies in the middle of Neeson‘s skull, implying that he is not merely a hitman, but that he has been marked as a target after defying instructions. The cracks in the cranium might also be seen as a metaphor to Neeson‘s character’s mental condition. Finally, Neeson is confronted with a slightly different version of himself, which might allude to a person whose memory begins to fade and who is unable to fully recognize himself.
Memory is a remake of The Memory of a Killer, a Belgian film released in 2003. Martin Campbell, who gained notoriety after directing Casino Royale, the first installment in James Bond’s reboot film series, is directing the new version. Dario Scardapane (FX’s The Bridge) wrote the script, which was inspired by the novel on which both films are based.
Aside from Liam Neeson, Guy Pearce (Memento), Monica Bellucci (The Matrix Reloaded), Ray Stevenson (Thor), Taj Atwal (Truth Seekers), Ray Fearon (His Dark Materials), and Harold Torres round out the cast of Memory (ZeroZeroZero).
On April 29, the film Memory will be released in cinemas.
Take a look at the poster below:
Here is the official synopsis:
MEMORY follows Alex Lewis (Liam Neeson), an expert assassin with a reputation for discreet precision. Caught in a moral quagmire, Alex refuses to complete a job that violates his code and must quickly hunt down and kill the people who hired him before they and FBI agent Vincent Serra (Guy Pearce) find him first. Alex is built for revenge but, with a memory that is beginning to falter, he is forced to question his every action, blurring the line between right and wrong.