“ Genre: Crime & Thriller - Thriller / Theatrical Release: 2004 / Director: Joseph Ruben / Actors: Julianne Moore, Dominic West ... / DVD released 21 March, 2005 at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, Dubbed, PAL, Widescreen „
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Since becoming ill myself last year my interest in psychology and how and why the brain works the way it does has increased substantially. Therefore, when browsing Netflix the other day unsure of what to watch when I saw this I knew it was definitely a film I would like to see. As I watched this on Netflix this is a film only review.
Telly is a woman in her 30s. We meet her when she is getting ready to leave her house. She is on her way to an appointment which we learn is infact an appointment with a psychologist. In the session Telly is talking about losing her son but it is obvious that the psychologist is on edge, almost like he isn't really agreeing with what she is saying. The psychologist and Telly seem to get along ok but you can see she is frustrated by his lack of understanding.
Later she gets home and decides she will cook a meal for her and her husband. However, she is deeply saddened when she goes into her sons room to see that the picture she had displayed of the three of them is gone. She goes through the roof shouting and screaming at her husband who insists he doesn't have a clue what she is talking about. She storms out and goes to the park, drowned with memories of her son. It is here that she bumps into a fellow parent but he doesn't seem to remember her. She knew him well but he is confused by her friendliness and insists he doesn't know her. What is going on?
The plot of this film is extremely captivating. By introducing us to Telly first it allows us as the audience to really feel as though we know her well and also because hers is the first opinion that we see it made me quite sure that she was telling the truth or at least what she thought was the truth. From first hand experience I know how easy it is for imagination and reality to blur into one - this can be frustrating but more than anything it is very scary. Therefore I really felt for Telly as I knew she was likely to be extremely confused and scared and it was clear that nobody else seemed to remember what she did.
I thought the plot flowed well and it really did leave me guessing right until the end as I was left unsure of whether Telly really did have a son, whether he died how she claims and if he did, why everyone else seemed to be telling her it wasn't true. The plot reminded me a little of the book Before I go to sleep by S.J.Watson which I found to be a compelling read (please check out my review on it if interested) and I was absolutely engrossed in the plot, desperate to see if Telly would ever discover the truth.
The character of Telly is played by Julianne Moore. Of course she is a high class actress and I really enjoyed watching her in this film. She adapted to the role of the worried mother extremely well but also manages to portray an eccentric woman who makes it easy to see why some people cannot believe her story.
The plot does jump back and forth a bit making it a little confusing as I found myself unsure what I believed to be honest. This really helped to captivate my attention as I was just desperate to find out who was telling the truth and why there were so many different versions of what has happened, if anything.
The film did an absolutely superb job of retaining my attention throughout and I thought it was the perfect length. Everything was wrapped up completely at the end but I really was left guessing right until the end which I found very exciting and tense.
The film was released in 2004.
It is rated a 12A.
It runs for 91 minutes.
It was directed by Joseph Ruben.
It stars Julianne Moore and Dominic West.
A captivating psychological thriller that is bound to have you on the edge of your seat.
RELEASED: 2004, Cert.12
RUNNING TIME: Approx. 90 mins
DIRECTOR: Joseph Ruben
PRODUCERS: Bruce Cohen, Joe Roth & Dan Jinks
SCREENPLAY: Gerald Di Pego
MUSIC: James Horner
Julianne Moore as Telly Paretta
Anthony Edwards as Jim Paretta
Gary Sinise as Dr. Munce
Dominic West as Ash
Alfre Woodard as Det, Anne Pope
FILM ONLY REVIEW
Telly Paretta is in deep grief over her small son being killed in a plane crash 18 months earlier. Things are pretty tough for Telly because Jim, her husband, together with her therapist Dr. Munce, constantly keep pushing at her that she is delusional, telling her that she never had a son. Jim puts Telly's delusions down to her experiencing a miscarriage at around the time she believes her son was killed in a plane crash.
Despite it being proved by both her husband Jim and her therapist that photo albums which she believes contained pictures of her with her son and video tapes which she believes are films of the family together are part of her delusory behaviour, because when checked, they show no evidence at all of a son ever having existed, Telly still insists that she isn't going mad, that she did have a son, and continues to assert he had been killed in a plane crash.
Telly begins to suspect that her husband and therapist are playing mind games with her for whatever reason, deliberately erasing all evidence of the existence of a son. Constantly on the lookout for ways to prove that she hasn't lost her mind, Terry befriends Ash, a man who she believes lost his young daughter in the same plane crash. At first, Ash has no memory of even having a daughter, but Telly's persistence pays off and his memory of his daughter and the plane accident returns.
Together, Telly and Ash go on a crusade - with Ash being reluctant at first - to try and find out the truth about their children.
That sets the scene....watch it to find out what happens.
As far as the first part of the storyline of The Forgotten is concerned, I was with it 100%. The atmosphere is very well set and the levels of suspense run high as Telly is in an emotional maelstrom, trying against all odds to convince her husband Jim and Dr. Munce, her therapist, that she isn't going crazy. At this point, the plot is cleverly set, with no initial indication of what road the storyline could travel along.
The acting is very good by most of the cast, with my favourites being Julianne Moore as grieving mother Telly Paretta, and Dominic West as the boozy Ash, who Telly befriends. Julianne Moore conveyed all the right emotions, and not in an over-played way...coming across exactly as a grieving mother in her situation would. I loved Dominic Ward's portrayal of the rather cynical Ash....a tough guy on the surface, but who shows himself to be a deeper, more complex character as the film progresses.
As far as the musical score is concerned, I honestly didn't notice it at all, so am unable to pass judgment.
However, The Forgotten wasn't all plain sailing for me once it really got going. From about one-third into the film and onwards, the storyline began to veer down a path that I wasn't quite happy with. From the outset, I was very caught up in the story and the whole atmosphere, hoping and believing it would evolve into a tense and gripping psychological drama - the scene had been set, then although it didn't wander off the point, it changed into something quite different, thus losing a lot of its initial credibility.
From the point where it all began to meander, the only thing which really kept me focused and watching to the end was the rather good acting skills of the two main characters, mentioned above. I was also expecting some kind of twist at the end, but as far as I could establish, there wasn't one - or, if there was, I blinked and missed it. Me missing any twist is feasible, due to losing most of my interest in the storyline as the film progressed.
There was one thing that irritated me quite a lot throughout The Forgotten, and that was the camera work. Either the person in the camera driving seat was drunk or short-sighted, or perhaps it could have been done deliberately for effect, but it appeared to me that whoever was holding the camera, was jerking it about unsteadily. This was a feature through the whole film that I found disconcerting, as it made my eyes go funny and drew my attention away from the essential parts of the story.
I suppose, and taking The Forgotten as a whole - including the bits where it began to lose credibility - the overall concept of the story is moderately thought-provoking and somewhat unusual, but I feel it could have been presented so much better. It isn't that the film is in any way confusing, as the storyline is very easy to follow, but perhaps the idea which the team was trying to convey didn't quite shine through as strongly as it should or could have done.
I can't pretend that I wasn't a tad disappointed and disillusioned with The Forgotten, especially as I was so enraptured with the first part....I just wish the remainder had been handled differently.
Overall, The Forgotten is quite watchable, but for me it definitely lost a lot of its original and brilliant promise as the storyline evolved, uncovering various stones that didn't quite fit together at the end of the day. I therefore doubt if I'd be in a hurry to watch it again, although will give heartiest commendation to the first twenty or so minutes of the proceedings. Chances are high that people who, like me, were initially drawn to the psychological thriller aspect may end up a little disappointed.
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The Forgotten, starring one of the most underrated actresses of this generation - Julianne Moore, is an intense look into the human mind. A dark suspense thriller at heart, the film odly moves into sci-fi as the plot unravels.
I rented it as part of my subscription to LoveFilm and wasn't expecting much. I hadn't heard of its cinematic release back in 2004, and thought it was straight-to-DVD foder. To my suprise I found it to be one of the best thriller movies I have ever seen. Tension builds up, and you start to really care for the characters, and feel the same pain that they feel. I'm not calling it a modern masterpiece as there are a few problems including the dissapointing ending that leaves you wanting much more, but this film is something to cosy up with on the sofa while eating a bucket of popcorn.
As mentioned before, Juilanne Moore is great in the film. She makes you feel a part of it, as if its your child who has been taken. The idea is intriging and keeps you wondering to the very end. There are some parts I would change and I wish the (as not to ruin the ending) "blue sky thinking" wasn't so cheesy. In the end what you have got here is a very good thriller that more people need to see.
The Forgotten is a crime thriler which stars Julianne Moore in the role of Telly whose son Sam was killed at the ag of fourteen in a plane crash when he was heading out on a camping trip with a group of friends. She is finding that the grieving process is not going well as over a year later she is having to see a psychologist as she struggles to cope with her loss. Just as she is beginning to come to terms with it she returns home one dayto find all the pictures in her house that featured her son have been removed and now there are only ones of her and her husband Jim, played by Anthony Edwards.
When she confronts Jim he looks at her as if she has lost it telling her that they have never had a son and that his whole existence was made up in her head after she sufferred a miscarriage. Telly does not accept this and sets outto prove that Sam existed and that he will not be forgotten.
This film started really interestingly, I was intrigued with the plot and the whole central question over what really is the truth, the problem is that you find this out rather too soon in the film and then it becomes rather confusing and messy as far as plots go and then it just had me thinking about a similar sort of film plot that starred Jodie Foster the name of which escapes me.
The film is not without its tension and it is not all bad, certainly I wanted to see the ending and would still give it three stars overall. Moore is excellent in the lead role and delivers a powerfully emotional performance and there are some excellent scenes that depict her frustration, grief and anger in them.
This film is worth seeing as it has its good points and is an entertaining viewing experience.
Telly Paretta was mother to 9-year-old son, Sam. She has memories, photos, home videos and paper clippings of the fateful day 14 months earlier when her sons plane crashed, killing six children aboard who were on there way to summer camp.
Grieving Telly, has been trying to come to terms with her loss for over a year, seeing a psychiatrist, Dr Jack Munce. She seems to be doing better, coping without Sam, watching the videos less and starting work again, until one day she goes to look through her sons photo album and all the pictures are missing. Upon further investigation all the home videos are now blank too.
Blaming her husband for trying to make her forget about Sam, she gets really upset and Dr Munce comes round to try and calm her. However things dont go to plan when they tell her that she had made the whole thing up. She never had a son, but a stillborn baby and all her memories and events in the past of Sam are fabricated in her mind due to posttraumatic stress at losing her baby. She tries to prove his existence to them by showing them photos she had hidden of her and Sam but when she takes them out they are of her and Jim, her husband. No child.
Telly is convinced she had a son, the memories are real and she had to find out what is going on. To avoid being sectioned by Dr Munce, she runs and ends up at the house of a father of another child who died in the crash. He denies he ever had a daughter until Telly rips his décor apart in his study and shows him the childs wallpaper underneath. Slowly memories start to return to Ash Correll and he realises something awful has happened to their children.
Telly Paretta is played by Julianne Moore (Hannibal) who is one of my favourite actresses at the moment. She is extremely good as Telly, a woman who is grieving but being denied a reason for that grief. She is confused, doubting herself a tiny bit but still hanging on to that passion for her memories. She is excellent at facial expressions to clarify the mood, ranging from easygoing happiness to complete shock and disbelief when told her son never existed. Apparently Nicole Kidman was original going to be Telly but this would have been a huge mistake. Nicole is a fine actress but she is too delicate for this role. Julianne brings the right amount of fragility to it alongside the strength and determination of a mother digging deep for answers.
Ash Correl is played by Dominic West (Mona Lisa Smile). Hes a British actor but I was not really aware of this through the film. He also plays his part extremely well. It is harder in a way for him as he had forgotten he had a child. Its only Telly who pulls those memories from somewhere very deep down for him and he has to cope with the grief of the fact that his daughter died in the plane crash but also that he forgot about her. He is filled with remorse and feels shameful that his bond was not as strong with his daughter as Tellys was with her son. However he comes across as believable and determined to find answers.
Gary Sinise (Apollo 13) is one of my favourite actors since I saw him in The Stand, and this is partly what drew me to the film in the first place. However his part, although crucial to the story, is small in comparison to the two main leads above. He plays Dr Jack Munce, the psychiatrist trying to help Telly through her posttraumatic stress. He is the one who breaks the news to her that her memories are fabricated and then helps police track her down so he can be there to help her through the shock and deal with the truth of what she had done. This wasnt one of his better performances but for the length of time he is on screen I suppose he is believable and maybe due to short screen time he is unable to develop his character any further.
Another small part is Jim Paretta, Tellys husband, played by Anthony Edwards (ER). He totally believes in Dr Munces opinion of the posttraumatic stress his wife is suffering and has no memories of Sam himself. He is trying to support Telly through this but finds it more and more difficult.
I really enjoyed this film. It is one of the only films in a long time that made me physically jump out of my seat. Its not a scary film but they quite frequently have scenes that are perfectly normal, and your really not expecting anything mad or crazy to happen and then all of a sudden pow, something happens that makes your heart beat twice as fast and jumps in your mouth! Obviously I wont tell you all the shots as it would spoil it but one of them is where Telly and Ash are driving and talking to each other. The brilliant camera work focuses solely on Telly and Ashs faces and the script is so compelling all you are concentrating on is the dialogue. Then wham a car smashes into the side of theirs and it is such a short sharp impact that it really made me physically jump. This is fairly early on in the film and there were at least another 3 or 4 times when this happened obviously with different things each time but again I was not expecting it.
Directed by Joseph Ruben, who has only directed 15 films so far including Sleeping With the Enemy, worked really hard to bring exactly the right feel to this film. It is classed as a Mystery/Thriller and I would agree with that. He obviously had a good relationship with the actors as they really came through for him and made the story believable in every aspect of the things that happened to Telly and Ash.
If you havent seen this before the answers will be a total shock to you. I think this is the magic of the film. It really draws you into the story and you care about what the characters are going through and want answers for them too. I cant say much more about it as it will really give the plot away but I would totally recommend this to watch, for anyone who loves a good mystery or thriller. There are no horror bits in it and even the scarier parts of the story are filmed so well it will not give you nightmares!
Its rated a 12A and runs for 91 minutes. I could have watched another half an hour actually as I thought it was that good. The special effects were minimal but fantastically done when they were needed and all seemed to be short sharp shock effects which were over and finished with really quickly, which adds to the believability of them.
You can pick this up really cheaply on Amazon now for £5.99 or £2.45 used and new on the marketplace. We rented it from Screenselect on a free trial so paid nothing and it was well worth it.
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The film starts with Telly Paretta (Julianne Moore), a mother who is still grieving for her nine year old son 14 months after he died in a plane crash. She is seeing a psychiatrist about it and relations are strained between herself and her husband. She is devastated when they inform her that she never had a son. She is suffering from mental illness and has fabricated all the memories.
Telly cannot believe this and sets out determined to prove that her son did exist. She recruits the help of Ash (Dominic West), a father whose daughter was friends with Sam and died in the same crash. At first he says he never had a daughter and thinks shes crazy. He calls the cops who come to take Telly but suddenly he has a flashback and apparently remembers a daughter. He runs down to get Telly released as the Feds are about to take her away. There follows a tussle and the police chase them. They separate, manage to evade the police and meet up later.
During the chase, we are let in on the fact that aliens are involved although it is much later before Telly and Ash discover this. With the police and aliens chasing them and various characters believing/disbelieving them or cottoning on to the truth, they track down those responsible with determination whilst those around them are being taken.
Julianne Moore: Telly Paretta
Dominic West: Ash Correll
Christopher Kovaleski: Sam
Matthew Pleszewic: Sam (aged 5)
Anthony Edwards: Jim Paretta
Jessica Hecht: Eliot
Linus Roache: A Friendly Man (actually the baddy of the film)
Gary Sinise: Dr. Jack Munce
Katie Cooper: Librarian
Scott Nicholson and P.J. Morrison: Cops
Robert Wisdom: Carl Dayton
Tim Kang: Agent Alex Wong
Kathryn Faughnan: Lauren Correll
Alfre Woodard: Detective Anne Pope
What if you were told that every moment you experienced and every memory you held dear never happened? Telly Paretta is haunted by the memory of her nine year old son Sams death in a plane crash 14 months earlier. While trying to work through her grief, and her subsequent estrangement from her husband, she is informed by her psychiatrist that she is suffering from delusion, that her son never existed and that she is fabricating memories.
DVD Special Features
Directors commentary: the commentary is done by the director and the screenwriter. I watched the beginning of this and I think that this is possibly more enjoyable than the viewing of the actual film (although you do really need to watch it first before you watch the commentary as they assume you have already seen it).
This was the only special feature on ours (Tesco DVD rental) other than standard things like scene selection, language options etc. however, I believe there are versions which have other special features including an alternative ending.
Director: Joseph Ruben
Theme: Psychological thriller
Length: 87 minutes
At the start of this film I thought I was going to really enjoy it. I love psychological thrillers and this looked set to be a good one. I am probably not the most discerning of film viewers and it is quite unusual for me to not like a film. Unfortunately for me the alien thing ruined it. I think the main reason for this is that it is revealed far too early. While Telly and Ash are still wandering around feeling like they must be insane, we already know that aliens are involved.
Although there is still some excitement in the film this lack of suspense really does spoil it. I think it would be better if the audience had remained with the same information as the characters rather than knowing more. Having said this, I wish to be fair so I would say that it seems to me to be well acted and generally well done. Another plus point is the music. I dont usually notice the music but in this the music always seemed to fit beautifully with what was happening on-screen. It is just the one point which really lets it down.
Overall I would not recommend this film. If you do want to get it, then get it on rental. However, if you do either buy or rent it, I think the directors commentary adds to it and is well worth watching. As the copy I am reviewing does not seem to have as many special features as others, I would also recommend that if you want it that you look into the ones with further special features.
The Forgotten are those who die and slowly but surely fade from your memory. Friends and family you loved, and mourned, but need to forget for the sake of your sanity and your own life. The body needs to repair itself from mental injury as much as physical and the 'removal' of certain memories can save us from the continual pain and sadness they cause.
The Forgotten is based around this idea. Telly (Julianne Moore - Hannibal, The Ideal Husband) and Jim Paretta's (Anthony Edwards - ER, Northfork & Top Gun) son, Sam, died in a plane crash while heading off on a camping trip with other children. 14 months later she is still haunted by Sam's death and is seeing a psychologist to help her cope. She cannot forget him and cannot get on with her life while still mourning.
She seems to be finally coming to terms with things, started work as an editor again, when she comes home one evening to discover that the pictures of her, Jim and Sam now only show her with Jim.
Anger wells up inside her and she confronts Jim, wanting to know why he has changed the pictures. She tells him that this will not help her forget Sam. A shocked look comes across Jim's face and he tells her they have never had a child, Sam never existed and that she created him, and the memories of him, after suffering a traumatic miscarriage. All the memories of Sam are just figments of her imagination!
Telly doesn't, and cannot, believe this is, her memories are so vivid that he must have existed. She refuses to allow Sam to become one of the forgotten and tries to find out whether she is going mad or whether there is something odd going on!
As they said in X-Files 'The Truth is Out There' but will she like the answer when she finds it?
The Forgotten is very like a M. Night Shyamalan film (Sixth Sense, The Village); its dialogue may not be as good as Shyamalan's but for at least the first third it plays with your perceptions of what is going on very well in the same way. Making you constantly rethink bits of dialogue and very subtle background scenery shots. While Telly's memories are being toyed with so are you as a viewer. Is she suffering from Post Traumatic Stress or not? While it may not be too hard to decide the truth you cannot be quite sure. Unfortunately, although it probably benefits the film overall, the answer to this question is revealed way too soon. This is the films major fault from my point of view. It does allow the film to expand though and enter different territory. After the first third the film certainly changes tack.
More questions are set from this answer and you still wonder exactly what is going on. Things seem clearer but are they? More questions fly into your head as the story progresses, the sign of a film that can keep you interested throughout it's running time.
The Forgotten is not a great movie, but it is very good and miles better than other similar films to come from Hollywood recently.
I see way too many films and find that most plots and storylines are not only obvious but any scenes that are there to shock, scare or make you jump just don't do anything to me. The scenes are set up so meticulously and preceded by that music we all know means something is coming that they are not a surprise.
Not The Forgotten, not once but twice I literally jumped in my seat and I loved that a director can do that to me. If you see the film you'll know exactly where this happened and I guarantee you'll jump as well!
Julianne Moore again shows what a great actress she is; in all round ability only Nicole Kidman is better than her. She is able to play any kind of part, from comedy to high drama, without looking out of place. Without it seeming as if she is straining to pull the part off.
There is a scene early on where she looks through photo albums of Sam in panic, every page she turns is empty, and the sounds of the pages flicking and her sobs portray more than any words possibly could.
Apart from Julianne Moore the performances are pretty standard. Not bad by any degree but you feel anyone could have been replaced and it wouldn't have made a difference. A few years down the line people will have forgotten(!) that Gary Sinise and Anthony Edwards were even in the film.
This is one of those films where I have to wonder whether the film critics actually saw the same film as me. The Forgotten was slated by pretty much every review I saw and I have to wonder why. Sure it is not great but it is enjoyable enough to spend your money on. The 90+ minutes fly by and I would think most people would be entertained by it.
Favourite Line: Telly is confronted by a pile of junk food and says, "I'm just deciding whether I want too much salt or too much sugar"
Running Time: around 90 minutes
A Commentary with the films writer and director
A making off featurette
'Remembering the Forgotten' featurette
To say that this film is good would be an understatement - I was engrossed from the start. its star Julianne Moore, plays Telly Paretta - the grieving mother of the piece, her child was killed in a plane crash, but she cannot let go of her son, each day she repeats his name like a mantra and looks at videos and photographs to remind herself of what she has lost. If this sounds depressing, it is anything but (Ok you will need a couple of boxes of tissues at the ready!) but after the first 20 minutes or so, the film grips you by the heart as you are sped along with Ms Moore's character who is desperately trying to find out what really happened.
There is a fine supporting cast;-
Dominic West plays Ash, another grieving parent, whose daughter was killed in the crash
Anthony Edwards (Dr Greene from ER) plays Telly's husband Jim Paretta
Garay Sinise (New York CSI) plays Dr Jack Munce, Tellys' psychiatrist
Linus Roach plays a creepy guy who always "seems" to be hanging around
Without giving the whole plot away, there are some excellent twists and turns, although I think, and my husband agrees, that this is not really a sit down with the kids kind of film, as by the end tears were just plopping of my face (and so, I think, his too!!)
If you have children, it taps into your darkest fear, of how would you cope with the loss of your child, making you relate to Telly's predicament of not wanting to let go.
I would definately recommend watching this film, settle down with a Huge box of tissues, a glass of wine and some choccie and become engrossed in this excellent film.
Run time 1hr 27mins
Rated 12 Parental viewing advised.
Starring Julianna Moore as Telly Paretta, Christopher Kovaleski as Sam Paretta, Anthony Edwards as Jim Paretta.
Excellent movie but a bit of a tearjerker.
A grieving mother struggles to cope with the death of her son Sam aged 8yrs. He was killed in a tragic plane accident. With him were 5 more children also killed. All she has left how are the memories of her son. But she doesn't really believe that they are dead and that something is not quite right. She is treated as though she is going mad and insane.
I found the story very gripping. It shows how someone trying to cope with grief of losing a child can be so determined to found out what really happened.
She goes to see a psychiatrist to talk about what she feels and help her to cope with the sad loss. But she is so sure its not happened. The psychiatrists tells her she lost the baby at birth and she has never had an 8yr son. But how can you have memories of something that does not exist. Her husband is supporting her through this rough time. Or is he. I found my my engrossed in this film and ended in tears. The film has a few twists in it but Im not going tell you. You will have to watch it for yourself.
I would recommend this to anyone but make sure you have box of tissues when you watch it. I think its more of a womans film then a family viewing film. As some scenes are a little to much.
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