|Genre: Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Suspense, Aliens, Marriage, Detectives|
Tagline: You'll Never Forget The Ones You Love
Plot: Telly Paretta (Julianne Moore) is tormented by the memory of her eight-year-old son Sam's death in a plane crash 14 months ago. While trying to work through her grief, and her subsequent estrangement from her husband Jim (Anthony Edwards), she is informed by her psychiatrist, Dr. Munce (Gary Sinise), that she is suffering from delusions, that her son never existed and she is fabricating his memories. Stunned, she tries to find evidence of Sam's existence photos, videos, scrapbooks.
But it has all disappeared.
Telly is convinced she is going mad until she meets Ash Correll (Dominic West), the father of one of the other plane crash victims. Together, they embark on a search to prove the existence of their children and reclaim their
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It’s not a bad premise to start with, but it quickly becomes a shambling, confused series of chases and expository scenes.
--Don Kaye (horrorchannel.com)
The other problem is that the film takes too long to let us know what is going on and why. Like a good striptease, a good thriller reveals its secrets a little at a time because without the buildup, the shivers of anticipation, we may not want to stick around.
--Manohla Dargis (The New York Times)
...suffers from a horribly written script that leaves several dozen plot threads hanging in its zeal to deliver something resembling a happy ending. The Forgotten has shocks and a solid performance, but no intelligence to go with them. The title aptly expresses what will become of it.
--James Berardinelli (ReelViews)
Julianne Moore, as a mother struggling to hang on to the memory of her young son, pretty much single-handedly carries this spooky thriller.
--Stephanie Zacharek (Salon)
A Forgettable Thriller. ... Has its share of visceral surprises. Slightly predictable and dumb when all is said and done, but you knew that. And Julianne Moore's in it.
--Desson Thomson (Washington Post)
An ‘X-Files’ type of movie isn’t a bad thing but we get to watch those X-Files episodes for free on TV. Without being a spoiler, suffice it to say that “Shyamalan” is no longer a positive adjective in my book.
--Harrison Cheung (Movie-Gurus.com)
Where The Forgotten is (almost) saved is in the performances by a professional, experienced cast that occasionally rises above the generic screenplay. 6/10
--Mel Valentin (Movie-Vault.com)
The Forgotten is a decent flick with a hard to fathom plot, so it's the kind of thing that's only good for a diversion, but definitely nothing worth shelling out hard-earned money for. It is often silly, but it's never boring, as the storyline does manage to engage despite the fact that it can't support the weight of its heavy ideas.
--Vince Leo (Qwipster.net)
Ruben's thriller certainly is thought provoking. It got me thinking about how Hollywood types run every new trend and gimmick into the ground.
--Rick Kisonak (MovieWeb)
However, as entertaining as it sometimes may be, I was never fully enraptured by The Forgotten; it is interesting without being engaging. I was considerably indifferent towards it, as a result of this, and was not able to ever wholeheartedly embrace it.
--Danny Baldwin (BucketReviews.com)
The result is a movie almost as dull as it is nonsensical. This is a thriller without any edge, suspense, or genuine shockers. So what the hell is the point?
--Luke Pyzik (eFilmCritic.com)
There is a line in science fiction between the interesting and the just plain ridiculous. The Forgotten starts on the interesting side, then runs to the ridiculous side in such a hurry that by the end of the movie it's hard to remember a point where the plot made sense, or was even worth thinking about.
--Robert Flaxman (eFilmCritic.com)
For all the annoying parts and the story that really doesn't hold together that well, it's got some pretty fine craft and manages to engage the audience's curiosity.
--Jay Seaver (eFilmCritic.com)
"The Forgotten" is the sort of movie where, once you learn what's really going on, you realize you liked it better when you didn't know. The facts of the movie are so silly, and so full of plot holes, that it takes all the fun out of it. C
--Eric D. Snider (EricDSnider.com)
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Sleeping with the Enemy, Money Train, The Good Son
|Ruben does a great job of selling the early suspense, and Moore is completely convincing. But once the story's direction becomes clear, all is lost. |
--Jack Mathews (New York Daily News)
I don't see this movie blowing anyone away, but if you're looking for a serviceable thriller with a touch of mystery and a couple of decent lead performances, you might want to check it out, even though it feels an awful lot like a mediocre "X-Files" episode at times. 6/10
...after a promising start, this missing-child puzzler from director Joseph Ruben ("Sleeping With the Enemy") devolves into a best-forgotten clone of an utterly illogical "X-Files" episode.
--Megan Lehmann (New York Post)
When it comes to horrible movies, The Forgotten is awe-inducing. It humbles the soul, mauls the mind, and brings a single, sad tear to the weary eye.
--Jack Moore (The Movie Insider)
Overall, "The Forgotten" played like an X-Files Light episode. I can’t say that much stayed with me after my sit-down with it, but at the same time, I was easily entertained for a buck and half and came out of the cinema with a smirk on my silly face.
--'The Arrow' (Arrow)
Two films in one - a mad rollercoaster thriller in the cinema, and a more subtle psychodrama in your head afterwards. 7/10
--Anton Bitel (Movie Gazette)