'Reminiscence' Trailer: Hugh Jackman Takes a Journey Through Memories

“Westworld” co-creator Lisa Joy directs the film opening August 20

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Though it sounds like it has traces of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” Joy in a press event on Wednesday said “Reminiscence” was inspired shortly after the death of her grandfather and her desire to understand how nice it would be to go back and feel exactly the way you felt when you first experienced those memories. She described caring for her daughter and wishing she could bottle her specific smell, knowing that she’d never be able to recreate that specific moment.

“It’s those small moments that mean everything,” Joy said. “How much of life that we value is in those small moments?”

But she admitted that though the film has sweet and sobering roots, “Reminiscence” is a script filled with action, thrills and film noir elements.

The movie is also set in the near future in which Miami has now been flooded and people live inside walls of the sunken Miami coast, with the entire society now turning nocturnal and sleeping when the sun is out for just a few hours each day. In the aftermath of the flooding, a war broke out that now leads people to look back on the past rather than a doubtful, miserable future.

Also starring in “Reminiscence” are Rebecca Ferguson, Thandiwe Newton and Daniel Wu. The film is debuting both in theaters and on HBO Max from Warner Bros. on August 20. Check out the first trailer above.

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