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The Forgotten (2004)

  Directed by: Joseph Ruben
Written by: Gerald Di Pego
Starring: Anthony Edwards, Julianne Moore, Gary Sinise, Dominic West
Links: The Forgotten on the IMDb, Official site
Genre: Suspense/Horror/Thriller

This movie gets: 3.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Blergh" - a review by pearly

Everyone has their price, right? So, you might just be some quality actor, but you want a new house, so you accept a role that won't challenge you or make you satisfied in any way, but it'll pay the bills. To a certain extent, that appears to be what has happened to the delightful Julianne Moore of late. She's had some great roles and done superb things with them, but with The Forgotten, she's just treading water.

Any credibility that she brought to the film and helped to put into place during its first half hour or so, is lovingly blown to pieces by the escalating absurdity of the plot for the remainder. The premise is that Moore plays Telly, a grieving mother who cannot accept the death of her son a year earlier. And as struggles with the loss, it becomes apparent that those closest to her, including her husband Jim (Anthony Edwards), are not grieving in the same way, in fact, they have no memory of a son ever existing, and as such, Telly is "in therapy" for her problem.

But the line is not clear, and therein lies the plot. Did Telly and Jim have a son once, and is there some sort of conspiracy going on that everyone except Telly is in on, or is Telly just crazy? Settle in, because we've got an hour and a half or so to find out!

The Forgotten reminded me of The Village (2004), but with more of that thriller component shoved in. I thought that The Village was only a mediocre film, and in many ways, this is worse than it was. It only has a couple of things going for it. One of these is Moore, but she'd have to get up pretty early in the morning to be able to make something worthy outta this. Actually, you know back there two sentences ago where I said it had a couple of things going for it? Well, I've changed my mind: I think that's it.

The story gets more and more ridiculous as it goes along, leading through to a conclusion that is a complete let-down. If only they had cast someone else in the lead role, I wouldn't have bothered to see it, and that would have made me much happier.

pearly gives this movie 3 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 23 Nov 2004

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