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Plot: In New York, Telly Paretta has been under the psychiatric care of A doctor for months, the therapy to help her deal with the grief associated with losing her nine year old son, Sam, one of 6 children in a plane which disappeared, Slowly, incidents make it seem like Telly is losing her grip on the… Runtime: 91 min Release Date: 24 Sep 2004
Telly Paretta Julianne Moore is mourning the loss of her son to a plane crash 14 months ago. One day a couple small memory-related oddities occur. First she forgets where she parked her car. Later, she swears she was just drinking a cup of coffee but her psychiatrist says she wasn't. Soon, this snowballs and her memory of her son is even challenged. First her husband, then her psychiatrist, then friends say she never had a son. As if that's not bad enough, she ends up in trouble with the police. Is Telly going crazy, or is something more sinister afoot? I'm a sucker for stories <more>
that throw the main character into some extremely alienating situation where they have to spend most of there time trying to figure out what's going on. Films such as Vertigo 1958 , The Matrix 1999 , Cube 1997 , Saw 2004 --heck, even that television show "John Doe" 2002 are all gems for me. So I was a prime candidate for loving The Forgotten.Gerald Di Pego's script is stimulating for switching the usual device of amnesia around--instead of a protagonist who can't figure out who they are or how they got somewhere, we have a protagonist who swears they know exactly who they and who their family and friends are, it's just that the relevant other characters can not seem to remember.The crux of the film is an ever-tightening tension as Telly first works to gain allies, then works with them to solve the mystery. Director Joseph Rubin is excellent with straightforward thriller/mystery material, and shows off extra chops with some of the most memorable "shock" scenes I've come across in a long time. There is an amazingly paced car crash that is sure to jolt most viewers. There is another incident with a car and a person that wonderfully puts the viewer off balance while giving them a clue to the mystery. Some characters are absconded in a bizarre and disturbing way. Rubin also takes clichéd thriller climax material and gives it a fun new spin as he plays with character's powers and reality.It might throw some viewers off that The Forgotten is just as much a sci-fi film as a thriller. It firmly veers into X-Files territory--much more strongly than you'd ever expect from the first half of the film. This is yet another great example of why it's better to approach films with zero preconceptions/expectations if possible. There is also a romance subplot that always remains visible, but relatively far below the surface. On these more conspicuous levels, The Forgotten is an excellent, enthralling yarn, as long as viewers have a taste for fantasy.Equally interesting, though, are the more subtextual readings of the film. Di Pego and Rubin have poignant things to say about the nature of memory and its effects on beliefs and behavior. The past doesn't exist substantially; it isn't "alive". Only attentiveness and present intentionality can keep the past alive. It can disappear in a wisp, perhaps never to be regained, the moment that attentiveness and intentionality are gone. Ultimately, the film suggests a balance between obsessively keeping the past alive, which can void the present and even precipitate other dangers this is even stronger in the alternate ending available on the DVD , and fatalistically taking the fact that the past doesn't exist substantially as a cue to completely neglect it. In the dénouement of The Forgotten, such a balance is rewarded, and leads to hope for the present and future while maintaining a reasoned embrace of the past.
The Forgotten WILL NOT be forgotten (by imadramawatcher)
My wife and I went to see this movie in spite of the negative reviews and we loved it. The acting was superb, the suspense - on the edge of your seat. It had several scenes that made me jump in my seat, unexpected shockers and several times my wife got teary eyed. Each actor was well cast. There was just nothing not to like about this show. We very much enjoyed our 91 minutes of pure movie magic as we watched this movie. Are there any critics that speak for normal movie goers and not just the artsy type? I think that clearly mainstream viewers are not spoken for, but maybe the fact that the <more>
movie made $7 Million more than expected right from the start speaks for itself.
The whole movie is about living with paranoid-schizophrenia...... (by hugh_jass22)
I never thought I would sign up for a movie discussion forum, but I'm compelled to since I think that many viewers of the movie have missed the whole point.It's not that complicated. No X-files-type alien stuff going on.Basically, this woman gets up everyday and sends her kid off to school. Some days she's OK, and some days, some hours later, she'll call her psychiatrist and say frantically, "Where's my baby boy?!, Oh My God!, they've taken away my baby!!"After spending most of the day running around town, making up all kinds of paranoid stories, and making <more>
up characters to support them, who all end up being sucked up into the sky....did you notice that? , or looking for that microfilm of a plane crash that never happened that must be disappointing when yer so sure it did.... our hero is relieved to find her son safe at the local playground, unharmed. THAT day she says it's just to straighten his coat up or something, tomorrow it'll be some other reason. If only her son had turned to another kid and said, "Yup, that's my mom, she gets that way sometimes.", then maybe more viewers would've understood, but good writers and director's don't want to give everything away.So that boils it down for me. That's why many think it's a silly movie with a silly ending, when in fact it's a window into the life of those who are using our under-funded mental health system everyday... ...... THE FORGOTTEN.....!cheers, HJ
A surprisingly fresh movie, honest in its entertainment value with no attempts at deeper pretensions. The director maintained an excellent pace of surprises and revelations. A very disturbing concept. There is enough there to flesh this movie out into something much more. This was resisted however. I'm not sure whether this was a good thing however! I particularly liked the fact that special effects were kept to an absolute minimum even though there is plenty opportunity. It could so easily have been turned into a SciFi computer generated movie. The special effects are almost toned down, <more>
not in your face, you almost do not experience them as special effects. In stead, the flip side of the familiar coin is shown...the human side / reaction.Ms Moore was well casted in this role - something that is not aways the case with her. An adult movie I would say, 30+ of age. As such, a very entertaining watch!
Spoilers herein.Readers of my other comments on Julianne Moore know that I credit her with being one of the few actresses that can do 'folded' acting. That's where the actor presents us with two characters, one usually _in_ the story and another that engages in a separate, often contradictory conversation with the viewer, with some distance from the story.Moore has pulled off some remarkable projects that depend on this.A standard setup for a folded project is the untrusted narrator where that narrator is mad, and specifically mad in a way where they are possibly creating the <more>
reality we are seeing. Its the 'Lolita' effect of the untrusted narrator where we understand that part of what we see is 'real' and part created.Its a well suited trick because film is about delivering memories, and this story deals with the taking of memories. In that regard, its like the 'Spotless Mind' project of our other great folding actress, Kate Winslett.This project starts out that way; that is why Moore was chosen. She gives us her folds: at one level she plays a woman who has lost her child. At another level, she steps outside the potential 'Diabolique' role and presents us with the fold.About a third of the way through, the story discards that folded mode and shifts into something quite different, an alien thriller. That shift from one genre to another happens when one car collides with another. That is just one of the several masterstrokes of storytelling because it prepares the viewer for the similar effect of people being ripped into the sky.We should be thankful on two accounts. The first is that she can do this at all. There are fewer than eight living actors that can to my knowledge, and not even that many that know the effect exists.But we have to could our blessings that there are filmmakers that understand this and employ someone who can do it. Kidman - the first choice for Telly, the 'teller' - can do this too. Not even Moore's own filmmaker husband knows this score.The story wraps up with the re-establishment of the setting at the beginning. Who will believe that all this is not imagined? Intelligent shape, this.Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.
You'll be thinking about this movie for days after seeing it. (by namdc)
This is science fiction for grown-ups. Meaning that, the focus of the story isn't on the special effects, or battling little green men to save the planet from destruction, or to boldly go where no one has gone before.The story is, I feel, about the human condition. How do we deal with things that are so much bigger than ourselves? How much steadfastness do we have in ourselves to support our beliefs ? It's like fighting City Hall. In a sense, the true story here is a lot like ' It's A Wonderful Life '- do what is right, and let the chips fall where they may.Julianne Moore <more>
delivers a thoughtful performance as a woman who refuses to believe that she is delusional, giving the character subtle aspects, that, I feel, only a parent could deliver. There's pain, frustration, anger - sometimes on the surface, sometimes just behind the eyes. Had this film been more successful in the theaters and I don't know why it wasn't , she could have easily been nominated for major awards. She's a great actor, and this was a great part.The supporting cast are all excellent, as well. I had not seen Dominic West in anything before, but I was impressed. Pitch-perfect. Alfre Woodard, Gary Sinise and Anthony Edwards were at their usual high standards.The only other film I've seen by Joseph Ruben was 'Dreamscape', which, while on of my favorites, is not in this class.I recommend that you watch the extended version of the film, rather than the theatrical release, because I found the story made more sense, and a more profound impact.You'll be thinking about this movie for days after seeing it.
The Alternate Ending on the DVD is well worth it! (by DrJOnes666)
Instead of going into a detailed review of this movie, I would just like to point out that the DVD of The Forgotten offers the possibility to view the Theatrical Release or the Extended Version which contains an alternate ending. The Extended Version runs 8 minutes longer than the Theatrical version. Basically, the changes consist of 2 scenes that were cut off the Theatrical Release + the alternate ending. If you have not seen this movie yet, GIVE YOURSELF A FAVOR and watch the EXTENDED VERSION. The alternate ending is TOTALLY DIFFERENT and in my humble opinion a lot more in tune with the <more>
rest of the movie. I have not seen this movie in theaters and I decided to watch the Extended Version first. I'm glad I did! After the viewing, I decided to check the Theatrical Ending and I can totally understand why many people have talked negatively about the "Hollywood Ending" of The Forgotten. The Extended Version fixes that very well. I cannot understand why this was not the version showed in theaters.All in all: good acting, good story - 8/10.
The Forgotten: Nice plot, predictable ending (by gabrieljosue)
I must admit that the movie was very interesting. in fact it goes together with our never ending search of the unknown. questions like "who are we?" "where do we come from" are often pounding our heads. despite the predictable ending, I should say that it was somewhat "inspiring", in terms of letting our imagination flow as to whether aliens do really exist or not.I would advise people to see it! we all have a little bit of curiosity to find out the reason why of everything around. maybe the director of the movie is no exception to the rule. the cast is <more>
fantastic! they did a pretty good job! My rating is 8., the thing is, I think it should be a little more suspenseful.
I'm sure there are lots of people all around the world that hated this movie, in fact, most of the people I know and saw the film, hated it, or just didn't like it. The thing is, if you start questioning why the producers, director, whoever, put those ridiculous effects when people jump from the ground to the sky or when they explode , you won't like the movie. In my case, it really touched me. The "aliens" or whatever they were were doing this experiment, trying to prove if a child can be "forgotten", specially by his/her mother. It was working pretty good, <more>
until Julianne More proved them wrong: a mother never forgets. How can you forget someone you love more than your own life? Actually, it's very deep and philosophical: did our relatives, friends, really died? is it all just our imagination? But the main aim in my opinion of the film is to show how strong a mother-child link is. A mother is the only one who will never forget her kid, and will ever believe that is alive, at least in her heart, and that's what the movie tries to show. I totally recommend it, but please, for those who don't have a brain and go to the movies to see just a science fiction movie, don't bother, you'll hate it.