In “Unforgettable”, Eric Williams manages a terrific thing — making his astonishing brother, Brad, seem at once approachable and extraordinary. This is a portrait of a man with a computer motherboard for a brain trying to find his place in a world unsure what to make of his strange and inexplicable ability. And does he even know himself?
– Jeffrey Blitz, director of “Spellbound”
Brad Williams is a likable protagonist and surprisingly normal, and there is a special level of comfort and playfulness in the movie that only a brother could capture. Both brothers, but particularly writer and director Eric, have a strong sense of humor that pervades the film with a refreshing sense of sibling camaraderie.
– Kristin Czubkowski, 77 Square, Madison, Wisconsin (Full review)
Eric Williams has assembled a very intimate, informative and surprisingly-humorous portrait of his brother. There’s rarely a dull moment, and most of what makes the film so entertaining results directly from both Williams’ sharp senses of humor. We get the impression that, though Brad Williams may have an extraordinary memory, he’s still an average Joe. And who doesn’t like to see an average Joe gain nationwide recognition?
– Nicholas Cabreza, Second Supper, La Crosse, Wisconsin (Full review)
Among memory giants, Brad Williams is of special interest. First, immense autobiographical memory such as he spectacularly demonstrates is rare among mnemonists past and present. Second, Brad’s massive recollections occur with no trade-off of other brain abilities or capacities. The fact that a memory as vast as Brad’s can exist without trade-off raises intriguing questions about a possible store of dormant memories, and unused brain capacity, within us all. “Unforgettable” documents Brad’s extraordinary memory in an attractively filmed, swiftly moving, attention-preserving, viewer-friendly fashion with a story line that allows us to get to know the ‘ordinary’ side of Brad as well. In so doing, the film blends both scientific interest and human interest together in a way that provides a very engaging, informative and pleasant excursion.
– Dr. Darold Treffert, savant syndrome expert
- Experience: I remember every day of my life
- The Rememberers
- La Crosse Second Supper interview with Eric Williams / Nick Cabreza
- Forget me not / Ken Jennings
- Orange County Register / Tom Berg
- New Jersey Star-Ledger / Amy Ellis Nutt
- Associated Press / Dinesh Ramde
- Newsweek / Anne Underwood
- The paper that started it all, the University of California – Irvine’s original report in Neurocase on Jill Price (aka “AJ”)