|PARASEEK : STAFF MOVIE REVIEWS : THE FORGOTTEN|
Well, there is a lot of potential to ruin your viewing of this one if too much is said, so this review needs to be short. But don't let that keep you away from the theater. The Forgotten comes out of no where to produce an absolute must see film that keeps you guessing at every turn.
Like watching three movies in one, The Forgotten is a script divided into three discint acts, each of which take you in an entirely different direction. At times you think like you stepped into another movie, and that fact makes predicting what is to come almost impossible unless a friend has ruined it for you. Calm, insane, confident, unsure, everything is here, wrapped up in an outstanding performance by Julianne Moore who carries the part of a broken down house wife who's just lost her young son perfectly. I know people in therapy and the expressions Moore gives, right down to the intense blushing on her face, are perfect.
The Forgotten, unlike an earlier season release The Village, keeps you off track and totally involved. It's not complex, but it seems to be. An unlike movies like Contact, where the writers reached the end and choked on a resolution, The Forgotten delivers. Sure there are questions to be answered after the credits role, but they can't be answered in an hour and 40 minutes.
If you want blood and a huge special effects flick, this isn't for you. There are only half a dozen special effects shots, however, less is more and those shots are like nothing that I've ever seen on film. Your heart will nearly stop during four specific occassions that can only be appreciated in the theater.
So why not 4-5 stars if this is such a great movie? Simple, we thought it
was a bit too short. There is more you could have done with the plot. Secondly,
this is one of those movies that has little if any come back value. Once
you see it, there's really no need to ever see it again which shouldn't help
its DVD sales. And lastly, the key moments in this film rely soley on the
big screen and perfect audio to accomplish. Once again, may hurt DVD sales,
unless you have some really good speakers. Turn it up!