The Forgotten

The concept of erasing memory has fascinated Hollywood of late, although this ambitious thriller approaches it on a far larger scale than ‘Code 46’ or ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind’. Grieving mother Telly (Julianne Moore) is convinced that the memories of her husband, friends and neighbours have been wiped when none of them recalls the death of a planeload of schoolchildren, among them her son Sam. Fleeing accusations of insanity, she investigates her conspiracy theories with a man she remembers to be a fellow parent. An intriguing premise, a strong lead and a confident pace help this tick along, but crashingly obvious exposition and dialogue lower the tone. As commercial melodrama, this entertains but fails as a conspiracy thriller, neglecting plot development in favour of action and analysis in favour of hysteria.

Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday November 26 2004
Duration: 96 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Joseph Ruben
Screenwriter: Gerald DiPego
Cast: Julianne Moore
Anthony Edwards
Dominic West
Gary Sinise
Alfre Woodard
Linus Roache
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John

Nothing original here--starts out mysterious but the mystery eventually involves aliens.