Our brains can only remember so much. Between where we parked, how to make brownies and facts we learned on Wikipedia, the space inside there is crammed in like one of those Storage Wars lockers. Try as we might, it’s impossible for most of us who aren’t savants to fit everything in. So, we forget. A lot. Especially when it comes to movies.
I have a working theory, based on no scientific evidence whatsoever, that most of us have reached the limit of the number of movies we can actively recall. Therefore, every time we hear about something new like say The Best Man Holiday, we have to swap an unimportant film out like say Furry Vengeance. It makes a lot of logic sense, and it would help to explain why the hell most people reading this will only be able to remember a couple of the following films that were widely advertised just five years ago.
Back in 2008, 608 movies were given theatrical releases, as per Box Office Mojo. An overwhelming majority of them were small, independently produced feature lengths or complete box office disasters. It’s only natural we would forget about those, but given all the time, energy and effort studios spent actively trying to convince us to see some of these other ones, it’s shocking that they’ve fallen so far from memory.
If you think you’re a movie buff or just have a damn good memory, the following quiz is for you. I’m going to give you a wealth of information about a film released in 2008. I’ll tell you who it stars, what the plot was. Hell, I’ll even show you a still from the film. Then, after you’ve searched through your brain and formulated a mental guess, go ahead and click the next button for the movie poster. Once you're done, let us know how many you got by voting in the poll.
Ready? Then without further ado, let’s begin with the first flick…
Round #1Release Date: February 22, 2008
Worldwide Box Office: $151,161,491
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker, Sigourney Weaver
Plot: This highly forgettable political action thriller follows an attempt to assassinate the President of the United States while at a political summit in Spain. It features a large cast and spends most of its runtime going over the same footage from different angles. It basically rewinds itself and starts over, which, if nothing else, is an interesting idea.
Excerpt From Cinema Blend’s Review: Aside from that gimmick, it’s a pretty standard case of "save the president", and ___________ pulls that off admirably. It’s consistently taut and intense. Sometimes the specifics of the chase get a little silly, but it’s largely entertaining, and only becomes even more so once the movie stops rewinding and simply starts going.
Think you've got it? Check out the poster after the jump...