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Movie review: The Forgotten

Monday, December 13, 2004

Was bored over the weekend and unfortunately, I caught The Forgotten in the cinemas. Initially, I had the impression that it would be a psychological thriller, however, it wasn't what I expect the movie to be. Here's my review.

The movie stars Julianne Moore as Telly who has lost her son Sam, and is overwhelmed by grief. Every day she goes into his room, goes through his drawers, smells his clothes, look at his photos, watches his video and generally behaves like a mad woman. Her husband, Jim, is worried, as their relationship is not working out well – he wants to move on, she is stuck in the past. She goes for therapy in the hope of
getting herself out of the depression. Then Telly’s world falls apart. Sam disappears from photos. His things are gone. Her therapist and Jim tell her that she never had a son, and that she has made Sam up. The neighbors have no recollection of a Sam. Desperate, Telly runs away, and encounters Ash, the father of one of Sam’s friends. He and Telly were suddenly persued by the NSA, the FBI and the local authorities. Confused and believing that their children are not dead, the race to find their children began.

Seriously, the first half hour of The Forgotten was pretty good and the plot was building up for something good. Julianne plays Telly’s grief reasonably convincingly and you can actually feel that she's either going mad or she's sane in a confused way. Suddenly, the plot took a plunge when MIB starts appearing and yup, you've guessed it, Alien Abduction. :P There aren't any memorable scenes in the movie but the way the director depict the abduction was quite interesting. It's something like a bungee rope snapping a person back up from the bottom. Besides that, there aren't many suspenseful scenes either, besides a sudden car crash when you're not really expecting one. This really plays out like an X-File episode. The only difference is that you don’t see Mulder and Scully running around.

Overall, a forgettable movie and seriously, don't bother unless you're an X-Phile or you love donating RM9 to the cinemas.

Ratings (Scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the highest)

Cast : 2
Sound : 2
Picture : 3
Storyline: 2

OVERALL : 2.25
posted by Ivan, 1:14 am

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