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The Forgotten (2004)

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Original title: Forgotten, The

Release Date
• USA: Sep 24, 2004
• UK: 26 Nov 2004
DVD Release Date
• R1: Jan 18, 2005
• R2: 21 Mar 2005

Budget USD 42,000,000
BoxOffice: $66.6M

Official Website:
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MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material, some violence and brief language.

Running Time
1 hour, 36 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Revolution Studios, Jinks/Cohen Company, Visual Arts Entertainment

Studio Cohen co., Columbia Pictures, Jinks, Revolution Studios

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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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external linkIt’s not a bad premise to start with, but it quickly becomes a shambling, confused series of chases and expository scenes.

external linkThe 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)

external link...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. 2/4
--James Berardinelli (ReelViews)

external linkJulianne 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)

external linkA 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)

external linkAn ‘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. 3/5
--Harrison Cheung (

external linkWhere 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 (

external linkThe 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. 2.5/5
--Vince Leo (

external linkRuben's thriller certainly is thought provoking. It got me thinking about how Hollywood types run every new trend and gimmick into the ground. 2/5
--Rick Kisonak (MovieWeb)

external linkHowever, 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. 2.5/4
--Danny Baldwin (

external linkThe 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? 1/5
--Luke Pyzik (

external linkThere 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. 1/5
--Robert Flaxman (

external linkFor 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. 3/5
--Jay Seaver (

external link"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 (

 Directed by
Joseph Ruben
Sleeping with the Enemy, Money Train, The Good Son
 Written by
Gerald Di Pego
Phenomenon, Instinct, Message in a Bottle
Julianne Moore
The Fugitive, The Big Lebowski, Magnolia
Anthony Edwards
Zodiac, Top Gun, The Client
Linus Roache
Batman Begins, The Chronicles of Riddick, Hart's War
Gary Sinise
Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Ransom
Dominic West
300, Chicago, Hannibal Rising
Alfre Woodard
Star Trek: First Contact, K-PAX, The Core
Lee Tergesen
Wayne's World, Shaft, Monster
 Music By
James Horner
Braveheart, Titanic, Aliens

external linkRuben 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. 1.5/4
--Jack Mathews (New York Daily News)

external linkI 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
--'JoBlo' (

external link...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. 1.5/4
--Megan Lehmann (New York Post)

external linkWhen 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. 0/4
--Jack Moore (The Movie Insider)

external linkOverall, "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. 2.5/4
--'The Arrow' (Arrow)

external linkTwo 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)



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