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The Forgotten
The Forgotten
The Forgotten
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Reviewed by: Joe

Directed by: Joseph Ruben

Produced by: Joe Roth, Bruce Cohen, & Dan Jinks

Cast: Julianne Moore, Dominic West, Gary Sinise, Alfre Woodard, & Anthony Edwards

Released: September 24th, 2004

Description

Thriller 1 hr. 31 min. When a single mother, Telly Paretta (Moore), loses her 8-year-old son, she seeks the help of a psychiatrist (Sinise) to cope with the pain of her grief, only to be told that her son is merely a figment of her imagination, with her mind making up eight years of false memories. When she meets a father (West) who has had another similar experience with his own disappearing daughter recently, the two team up to try to find the answers behind the mystery.

Joe's Review

The Forgotten is by no means, in any shape or form, this year’s The Sixth Sense, though it does share a trait with another Shymalan film, The Village, namely that the audience feels cheated in part to its cheap thrills but mainly for an ending that feels ripped an old episode of either The Twilight Zone or The X-Files. There will be those out there who want others to believe that this film is a wonderful send up to the classic B-movie science-fiction thrillers of the 1950s but, as illogical as those films were, they never contained plot holes as gigantic as the ones that occupy The Forgotten’s premise. How is it that the Telly is the sole obsession of this “alien life form” conducting this experiment and not Ash as well? Though it did take a little coaching, he did remember his daughter nearly as well as Telly remembers Sam. Granted he was eventually abducted but still doesn’t he get a little credit in all this? Though mothers do share a much closer relationship with their children then do the fathers, which can not be denied, the film’s ending is a bit of an insult to fathers who care deeply for their children and would do just as much as the mothers would to protect them.

If these “things” are able to instantly “abduct” human beings, like Alfre Woodard’s character, simply for knowing about what is going on then wouldn’t it be simpler for them to abduct everyone involved with these children in order to have them forgotten? What are these “things” that are supposedly monitoring the planet and conducting experiments on us? Why are they being conducted? For what specific purpose? Why Earth and not some other life-inhabited planet? Even if one ignores the mind-numbing amount of holes presented in the film’s sense of logic, though they are pretty hard to ignore once you get down to the bare bones of it, it must be admitted the film’s ending, whether it be clichéd or admirable, is wrapped up too neatly and without any sense of surprise what-so-ever. No matter how you dress it up, The Forgotten is yet another disaster in the area of science-fiction thrillers this year joining the ranks of Godsend and The Village on the trash-heap of the box office.

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