In this day and age gigantic blockbusters rule the cinematic landscape, crushing all beneath their digitally enhanced, THX laced IMAX 3D feet with only a moment’s pause to collect the bounty of their box-office bonanzas. It is important to keep in mind that films can be gigantic in theme and execution without resorting to Force-ably assaulting us with endless FX and nostalgic plots. Remember is a movie that manages to step carefully between the toes of the behemoths to deliver a profound and gigantic message of its own.

The story revolves around Zev Gutman (Christopher Plummer), a recently widowed senior citizen spending his remaining days pining for his dead wife and shuffling about a quiet, cozy retirement home. With his friend and fellow retirement home resident, Max Rosenbaum (Marti Landau,) Zev discovers that the Nazi guard who murdered his family some decades ago is living in America under an assumed identity. Max, bound to a wheel chair and in failing health, equips Zev with money, a detailed set of instructions, and a dark but noble purpose. To find the Nazi guard and to kill him as revenge for his and Max’s murdered family so many years ago. Zev agrees, but faces some challenges of his own. He is shaky on his feet, is battling the effects of extreme old age as well as a memory that comes and goes as if on a whim of its own. His road trip is at times perilous, touching and revealing.

Movies like Remember rarely get made anymore. To to say that the indie film is dead by any stretch of the imagination is not true, but most of them tend to be either stuck in an unoriginal cookie cutter horror mode, or suffer from their own self-inflated sense of extreme quirkiness. This film by Oscar-nominated director Atom Egoyan and written with care and diligence by Benjamin August avoids clichéd pitfalls and tired attempts at the strange and unusual with ease and grace. The story is simple and straight forward, the extraneous characters range from menacing to sweet, and every single bit of dialog is not only necessary, but delivered with panache and sublime skill across the board. Plummer in the title role is perfect as the sometimes bumbling man on a mission who despite the odds is bound and determined to see his task through no matter what it takes to do so.

Remember is an experience that engages and challenges the viewer to make their own decisions about the true nature of revenge: How far would you go and what would you give up for yourself to see that that terrible wrongs are paid for, even if they can’t be made right?

Make it a point to see this movie, which is sure to get limited theatrical release and hopefully a long life in the home market. It proves that it doesn’t take massive explosions and super humans to make for a movie experience that one will always remember.