Terrible movie. I don't think I have ever hated a film as much as this one.
I can't really explain why I hate it so much without spoiling it, so...
The main plot twist at the end just murders the film completely. From the beginning of the film, you see the movie in the same perspective that the trailer gives you, that it's about a normal man that gets involved in an accident and afterwords, nobody, including his wife, can remember who he is and the protagonist spends the entire film trying to solve the mystery on why he is being treated like he never existed. This is the way it goes through most of the film. But at the end, what I view as one of the worst plot twists ever conceived, happens.
It's revealed that the man was never actually who he thought he was or who we thought he was. He was actually an assasin that worked for an organization.
The only reason why he has memories of being with his wife and being having a job and such was because it was a false identity he gave to himself. His wife also worked for the organization, so the organization had him spend time with her, giving the rest of the world the illusion that he was who he claimed to be, so he was never actually married, and the job was, again, a cover-up that the organization arranged.
During the car accident, he hits his head, so it thus causes him to believe that all of these staged moments with his "wife" were real. When he went through the crash, the organization viewed him as dead, or something, and got another man to take up his identity (which thus explains why in the trailer we see a different man with his "wife"). Throughout the film, the organization sends people to kill him, since he is no longer needed and the fact that he now thinks all of the times with his "wife" were real. Or at least that's how it seems to go. The plot of the film was VERY confusing and filled with plot holes, so not even I could correctly comprehend it.
Even after he is told who he really is, he turns against the organization, since losing nearly all of his memories as an assasin has caused him to see things in a justice-kind of light. The film's finale has the organization planning to kill an important person with a bomb (and it is revealed that the protagonist was the one who implanted the bomb (before his crash) so he could kill this person. In the end, he foils the organization, and his "wife" and the person assuming his fake identity die in the process.
The film then ends with the man now free of his troubled life.
The massive problems I have with this movies completely revolve around the plot twist at the end. The plot twist just doesn't work. At the beginning of the film, we see the guy as the protagonist, but really, this guy KNOWS he is the bad guy before his whole crash thing. A plot twist doesn't work for me if we're not in the same POV as the main character(s). It makes it feel like the movie is insulting us and talking down to us, which is what it SHOULDN'T do. Altogether, it feels like the movie simply "cheated".
Another thing I hate is how throughout the entire movie, it makes us sympathize with the main character, even at the end. Why should I care about this guy? The only reason why the main character turned good was because he got a bump on the head that made him forget about his "evil days". If he never got hit, he would STILL be evil. This is a man that probably murdered dozens of innocent lives before his little "bump". I should not show him the slightest bit of empathy.
Because of the plot twist, it tricked me and the audience into sympathizing with the assasin throughout the majority of the movie. Now I feel evil for doing that. I don't really think anyone is comfortable with a movie that tricks them into doing something evil.
Basically, the message of the entire movie is negative. The main character never actually "changes" or realizes how horrible the things he had done were on his own count. Everything about him was simply changed by a hit to the head.
But it's really sad actually, I actually thought the movie wasn't all that bad at first...and then the plot twist happened. This could have been a decent movie if they didn't do that plot twist and instead kept to what the trailer made us think the movie was going to be about.
I give this film zero stars, F-, two thumbs down, or whatever else.
When I feel a "cheated" by a film and/or see it give off a very negative message, it means automatic zero for me.
So, that covers it. As I said before, this film was VERY confusing, so I might have missed a few things.