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The Forgotten [DVD] [2004] [2005]


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  • Actors: Julianne Moore, Christopher Kovalseki, Matthew Pleszewicz, Anthony Edwards, Jessica Hecht
  • Directors: Joseph Ruben
  • Producers: Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks, Joe Roth
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: Hungarian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Mar 2005
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006ZLD14
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,232 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Nine-year-old Sam Paretta is dead, killed in a plane crash. Even though it's been fourteen months since the accident, his mother Telly (Julianne Moore, "Far From Heaven"), still grieves over the loss. But suddenly, her husband (Anthony Edwards, "ER") swears they never had a child and her psychiatrist (Gary Sinise, "C.S.I.: NY") insists she's delusional. But worst of all, there is absolutely noevidence to prove Sam ever existed. Haunted by the memories of her son, Telly's search for the truth propels her into a dark mind-shattering conspiracy of unearthly terror.

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With a plot that might've been lifted from The X-Files, nothing is quite what it seems in The Forgotten, a psychological conspiracy thriller with Julianne Moore doing fine work as a grieving mother whose nine-year-old son was killed in a plane crash. At least, that's what she's been led to believe, but when even her husband (Anthony Edwards) tries to convince her that she's delusional and never had a child, things start to get very spooky indeed. Dominic West (from HBO's superb series The Wire ) plays a similarly traumatized father, and when they witness some very strange events--and a mysterious man (Linus Roache) who might be indestructible--this glorified B-movie potboiler directed by Joseph Ruben (best known for Dreamscape and The Stepfather) turns into a preposterous but entertaining trip into The Twilight Zone territory. Featuring Alfre Woodard as an intuitive New York detective and Gary Sinise as a seemingly sympathetic psychiatrist, The Forgotten offers adequate shocks and an intriguing, otherworldly study of tenacious parental instinct. It deserved its mixed reviews, but it's a fun spook-fest for rainy-day viewing. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "ultrad67" on 2 Sep 2005
Format: DVD
To say much about the plot is to give too much away. Suffice to say that if you want to really enjoy this movie stop reading the reviews as some other customers have 'given it away'.
This film dares to cross genres every twenty minutes, starting as an intriguing mystery and developing into a complete mindbend. Yes, it's far-fetched but so was 'Jurassic Park' and no-one complains about that! If you like your drama a little unpredicable get this now. For the rest of you, there's always 'Fantastic Four'...
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jan 2005
Format: DVD
I saw this film at the cinema. It is all about a woman who has a child, and then suddenly he is gone, and everything about him has gon, except the memory of him in his mothers head. She wants to know what happened, and everyone makes out she is crazy, but she is not. Its full of mystery, and the way in which the film has been done in very clever. Its not the bestest thriller film, but it is a good one. Worth the watch. Involves the woman then going in search for clues and ideas to what happened, she has flashbacks, she meets another person who has had the same thing happen, but he doesn't remember his child, and thinks she is crazy. It is a desperate struggle of a woman trying to get her son back, and convince this man to get his daughter back, and to find out what happened and why. Good plot, sounds boring but is really good. All revealed at end of film. Good ending. Worth the watch.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Jan 2005
Format: DVD
The Forgotten is a surprisingly entertaining thriller, most notable for the performance of Julianne Moore who readily throws herself into the role with her customary abandon and bravado. Part psuedo science fiction, and part supernatural mystery, the producers can probably be forgiven for the many plot holes, and unanswered questions; also, you know there's really a problem when malevolent looking federal agents try to cover up the evidence with mere wallpaper. But the movie is certainly beautiful to look at with the gorgeous Julianne constantly bathed in ghostly and ethereal hues of blue and grey that contrast startlingly with her fiery red hair- there's also some fabulous aerial views of New York City, the symbolic significance of which becomes obvious later in the movie.
Questions of loss, grief, and the special union between mother and son form the thematic center of the Forgotten, as Moore plays Telly Paretta, a woman haunted by the memory of her son Sam. The child died in plane 14 months ago, and her worried and affectionate husband, played by Anthony Edwards, and her composed, consoling psychiatrist, Dr. Munce (Gary Sinise), try in vain to help her cope with her sudden loss. She constantly watches a video of Sam, moons over photographs of him, and lovingly touches a baseball mitt that he left behind. Telly is obviously exploring the emotional pain and grief experienced by a mother, and is trying desperately to move on. She's recently decided to return to her job as a freelance editor.
It soon becomes clear that things are not as they seem. Sam's image mysteriously begins to disappear from the photographs, and then her husband, her doctor, and even her neighbors tell her that she never had a son. Telly is convinced they are wrong, and fiercely maintains that her son was real.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. on 3 July 2007
Format: DVD
I cannot say I completely loathed this film. The mood and atmosphere of the film was eerie and creepy, but nothing we haven't seen before. Julianne Moore did an excellent job as the terrified, confused and frightened mother, who has been told her son, who has been dead for 14 months, never existed. However, her abilities start to fall apart at about the same time as the movie does.

This film begins to build a dynamic story very early on. Great twists and turns in this movie, so much so that I don't want to mention very much, except the initial premise that Julian Moore has been grieving for years about her lost son, and suddenly her husband, her doctor - everyone - has no memory of her son, they act is if Julianne has lost her mind. Unfortunately, it gets lost in itself and crumbles towards the middle and especially by the end.

What probably started out as a decent alien abduction flick, turned sour and became another in a long line of Sixth Sense or The X-Files rip-offs. There was nothing that really jumped out and grabbed the viewer by the throat and made them afraid for their own children. I think that really could have been the selling point of this film. The make people afraid to let their children out of their sight. I mean, the idea of this happening in real life would be the scariest part of all. This film was building up to that, but again, it crumbled way too fast. The ending was different, but bland. Julianne Moore's character is able to overcome the odd experiment she is being forced through, because her love for her son is too strong.

The Forgotten has some good action, some good mystery; and it would be an excellent Twilight Zone material. But it really works best if you don't know already how the story unfolds. Interesting, but a trifle underdeveloped and almost seemingly tacked on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jacques COULARDEAU on 2 Dec 2007
Format: DVD
A small film that is suspenseful and well done as altogether. But... Some extraterrestrials are alluded at as experimenting on human beings. But nothing is really shown of them, about them, concerning them. They are a total mystery. They are trying to erase the memory of human beings but we will never know why nor how nor what for. They are doing some experiment for the sake of doing it. Then what kind of appreciation can we put forward? Memory is both erasable and un-erasable. When we are dealing with children, abducted children, the mother has an advantage because she is going to remember the child physiologically in her own body from even before he was born. But that is rather trite. It leads to no kind of conclusion. So who can have any interest, and what interest, in erasing people's memory, that memory people love forgetting, disguising and losing as fast as they can invent some substitute recollection to replace the truth? The end then is like a happy unexplainable return of the lost and the forgotten and appears like a vague fragrance, taste or perfume wafting along in some windy corridor. The technique of the film is good but it has no depth, hence no real meaning.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris Dauphine, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne & University Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines
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