Review by Gordon Justesen
Julianne Moore, Dominic West, Gary Sinise, Alfre Woodard, Linus Roache, Anthony
Director: Joseph Ruben
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Thai Dolby Digital 5.1
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Studio: Columbia Tri Star
Features: See Review
Length: 91 Minutes
Release Date: January 18, 2005
tell me where my son is. No one will know what you told us. I swear to you.”
I will attempt to
conduct a review without spoilers. Mind you, dear reader, it will be quite
To be quite honest,
before watching The Forgotten, I
didn’t really expect too many surprises. The reason for this being is I happen
to have seen the trailer a few times, and it looked as if, once again, just
about every single surprise in store had been revealed before my eyes. Now as I
watched the actual movie, I came to discover that the ads didn’t really spoil
much of anything, except the basic plotline that was needed to hook its audience
in. What a surprise!
Forgotten will appeal easily
to fans of shows such as The X-Files
or even The Twilight Zone. It carries a plotline that would be fitting for
both series. Although you may not think much about it when it’s over,
there’s still plenty to thrill you while you’re watching.
stars as Telly Paretta, a woman who has been in constant grieving ever since the
disappearance of her son, Sam. She regularly visits her psychiatrist, Dr. Munce
(Gary Sinise), who feels that her mind has a solid grip on the past, therefore
not allowing her to forget the memories of events which led up to the day Sam
What everyone else
seems to think happened, including Telly’s husband (Anthony Edwards), is that
Sam never went missing, but died along with several other children during in a
plane crash while en route to a special camp. But Telly is convinced otherwise,
especially when strange events begin to occur, such as various objects
disappearing, a car not being where it was parked, etc.
When being told by
both the doctor and the husband that she’s been delusional for quite some
time, Telly refuses to believe it. She then tracks down a man named Ash (Dominic
West), a parent of another child that went missing at the same time, and who was
friends with her son. He turns her away at first, but after a shocking
discovery, starts recollecting the days of when he did in fact have a daughter.
Soon, Telly and Ash
find themselves on the run, not only from the local police, but from NSA agents
who seem more interested in tracking the two down because of a larger factor of
the mystery that they may know about. Are they in on the supposed conspiracy?
It’s at this point where The Forgotten
really begins to take off in terms of generating excitement and a few chills.
The revelation to
the mystery is one I will not reveal, but I will say that it’s a plot turn
that serves the story quite well, especially in the realm of X-Files-like conspiracy paranoia. There are even a few jump moments
along the way, and I don’t care how hard it is for you to be spooked, you are
more than likely to react to the scenes in question.
In short, The
Forgotten gets off to a questionable start, but then gets a lot more
thrilling and involving along the way. And by the end, it has our attention at
full grasp. Telly’s final confrontation with the truth behind what has
happened is a show stopping moment.
Forgotten is a nicely
crafted, well acted and terrifically paced piece of suspense. It’s enjoyed
even more if you don’t think about it too hard and simply just go along for
the crazy, paranoid ride.
Columbia Tri Star
kicks off their new year of releases with a most fantastic looking disc. The
anamorphic picture is nothing short of superb, such as in the CTS tradition.
Image quality of utter sharpness and amazing detail. Colors are quite
astonishing, as well. The movie has equal doses of both day shots and night
shots, and both of which turn out magnificently.
The 5.1 Dolby mix
provided puts this suspense thriller to terrific use in terms of the many
thrills it has to offer, especially in the last half hour. But the entire
presentation makes grand use of the surround sound atmosphere. Dialogue is
delivered in solid mode, numerous set pieces provide extravagant level of
diverse sound amongst the channels, and James Horner’s music score, as
expected, is delivered with sheer power.
Star’s nicely done package is one you won’t soon forget. First off, there
are two versions of the movie included; the theatrical version and an extended
version which features an alternate ending. Also featured is a commentary with
director Joseph Ruben and writer Gerald DiPego (on the theatrical version only),
two featurettes; “Remembering The Forgotten” and a Starz On the Set special.
Lastly, there are deleted scenes, and a preview gallery.