“Whatever you do in life will be insignificant, but it’s important that you do it because nobody else will.” Today is September 11th and the movie Remember Me portrays the events that happened on this day just 12 years ago and this quote was the most memorable line from the movie. In the beginning of the movie, the main character Tyler Hawkins, played by Robert Pattinson, is a rebellious, artistic, 22 year old NYU student, who is trying to get through the loss of his older brother, Michael, to suicide. He blames his father for not giving his children the proper attention and care a father should provide, especially for his 11 year old kid sister, Caroline, who is getting bullied in school. Through all of Tyler’s rage, he ends up getting arrested and dates the police officer’s daughter in revenge, where instead they fall in love, only to be short lived when Tyler goes to speak to his father who works in the World Trade Center. While he waits for his father to show up to his office, the tragedy of September 11th strikes and he is killed in the process. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjIlhtjo0BI
Death and dying is portrayed in this movie through tragedy. This recent tragedy has affected each and every one of us in some way or another and it is very moving. I think it is very helpful to watch this type of death. We learn that death can happen at any time or any place you just don’t know when. Not everybody dies a peaceful death or at an old age, like most people want us to believe. The news is always about how people get murdered, it’s never about somebody’s grandma dying peacefully in her sleep. This movie shows the horrific terrorist attack that killed thousands of innocent people, but follows the life of only one person. In the movie, Tyler’s family mourns his grave while wearing all black. They place stones on top of his grave to pay respect and there is a lot of hugging and crying. This is an accurate description of how many of us mourn the loss of a loved one today. After Tyler’s death, we see that his father has come to a realization that he needs to take better care of his daughter, after already losing two sons within a year.
Many of us take the death of a young person hard because they hardly got to live a full life. I have experienced a few deaths of students I went to school with and it is very hard to accept the fact that they are gone. I believe we live in a death denying culture. While I did not personally know any of the people who died in 9/11, I will never forget that day and how it impacted my life. Just like the students I went to school with, they will never be forgotten.