For writer-director Lisa Joy, Reminscience draws upon her own family’s past and its future. The film stars Hugh Jackman as Nick Bannister, a private investigator who along with his business partner (Thandie Newton) helps clients retrieve lost memories.
The film, which debuted its first trailer Thursday, takes place in a near-future version of Miami, where rising sea levels are staved off by a giant wall. The heat is so unbearable that people in Miami sleep during the day and come out only at night when it’s cooler. Jackman’s Nick served in a war, working as an interrogator who used special technology to retrieve memories from people.
Years after conceiving of the idea, the film will hit theaters and HBO Max Aug. 20.
Jackman noted that serving in the war has left his character “quite broken and disengaged.”
His life is upended when meets Mae (Rebecca Ferguson), a woman who asks him to retrieve a memory of where she put her keys. It’s a job that ends up sending him in directions he never expected after she disappears.
Said Jackman: “He goes on this great odyssey through the darkest places of the world in Miami.”