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‘The Forgotten’

If you have forgotten to go and see The Forgotten then you're missing out on a really good movie.

Here is what some have to say about The Forgotten.

2 stars (out of 4)
Losing a child is an unspeakable tragedy. But what if everyone around you, including your husband, keeps telling you your child never existed?

What if cherished photos of your 8-year-old son, killed in an airplane crash on his way to camp, disappear from your dresser? What if beloved videos of sunny outings on the beach are suddenly blank?

What if everybody insists you had a miscarriage, not a little boy?

Such is the disturbing, horrifying and painfully compelling premise in The Forgotten, in which Telly (Julianne Moore), a Brooklyn wife, editor and mother, grapples with grief while everyone else questions her sanity. At first, The Forgotten promises psychodrama: In sessions with her shrink (Gary Sinise), her problems seem to be related to an ongoing amnesia, not unlike the ailment in Memento.

But things quickly turn sci-fi creepy. Telly encounters a father who lost his daughter in the crash, Ash (Dominic West of HBO’s The Wire). He doesn't at first remember Telly or his little girl, either. But Telly rekindles the memory, just as New York police and mysterious federal agents start following the two parents everywhere. Its clear a vast conspiracy at work, erasing people and memories, and Telly and Ash take off on a North by Northwest chase to find the truth and elude their pursuers.

The stylish and imaginative imagery in director Joseph Ruben’s film, not to mention the parapsychological twists and mysteries, evoke the work of director M. Night Shyamalan. But the narrative actually harkens to Alfred Hitchcock, an often gripping, puzzling and scary trip through Manhattan, remote Long Island beaches and mountain cabin getaways. Certain Brooklyn chase scenes come off as shadowy treks through a Gothic, post-nuclear landscape. An empty warehouse is cinematically transformed into a cavernous hell.

In one scary bit, Moore and West are chatting amiably until a police vehicle smashes thunderously into the side of the car. Ruben shoots the moment from the viewpoint of inside the couples vehicle, greatly heightening the terror. We're as stunned as the couple.

But Gerald DiPego’s screenplay, while it allows for prickly, romantic sparring between Moore and West, ultimately relies on hokey, melodramatic bits of supernatural hanky-panky. Characters turn into robots or are suddenly explosively and inexplicably swooped up into the clouds.

The lyrical finish, meanwhile, is deliberately open and unresolved, an approach like the ones so well-employed in such classics as The Haunting or The Birds. Here it's a little like The Sixth Sense with no surprise, a whodunit that never tells you who done it. Though beautifully shot and finely acted, The Forgotten is an elaborate cop-out: a moody, edge-of-your seat thriller that promises one heck of a surprise ending and then barely delivers any ending at all.

“The Forgotten”
Directed by Joseph Ruben; screenplay by Gerald DiPego; photographed by Anastas Michos; edited by Richard Francis-Bruce; music by James Horner; production design by Bill Groom; produced by Joe Roth. A Columbia Pictures release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:35. MPAA rating: PG-13 (for intense thematic material, some violence and brief language).
Telly - Julianne Moore, Ash - Dominic West, Dr Jack Munce - Gary Sinise, Anne Pope - Alfre Woodard

Review by Jb, 24.09.04
The Forgotten is a huge hit. It’s an instant classic that makes The Village look like a boring, lame, horse ride! Julianne Moore, Dominic West, and Gary Sinise give nothing but perfect performances. The Forgotten will be remembered by most of us that do not live in a black and white world.

This is ONE OF THOSE MOVIES THAT YOU SHOULDN'T LISTEN TO THE CRITICS. Too many people these days make the mistake of going and seeing a movie because of what the critics say. A surprising amount of the critics they let review these movies HAVE NO IMAGINATION! Business and politics is one thing, but when it comes to entertainment and movies it’s pathetic. THIS MOVIE IS A MUST SEE!


Isn't this great news, Dan the man puts his time and effort into UFO research consulting.

One thing I have always wondered is, if the subject of UFOs - Alien abductions makes the film makers of Hollywood millions of dollars each year like ET - Close Encounters - The X Files - Taken - The 4400 - The Forgotten - Contact, why then do we, UFO groups, continue to struggle to raise funds? I have an idea. Wouldn't it be great if only a little bit of the profits made from these movies was donated back to the consulting group then maybe this would help further UFO research. Maybe then the truth would be found a heck of a lot sooner. What do you, the readers, think of this idea? Please write to me with your thoughts.

Lets hope that with Dan taking up his new position he is not going to be just a figurehead consultant for MUFON. I personally would like to see him help MUFON raise funds to further MUFON’s own UFO research program.

He could do this by charging a consultant fee.
He could help sign film makers to a contract legally obligating them to donation. Two per cent in royalties back to UFO research if any UFO information was pulled from MUFON’s UFO archive and used.

It’s going to be interesting to see exactly how Dan will help MUFON. Dan may in some way help raise the profile of this group by being a member and I dare say the higher the profile of a group the more it helps them to gain membership, and with membership comes a small amount of money. Unfortunately a small cash stash wont pay the big fees laboratories charge for scientific testing.

I know from personal experience dealing with the media that they think by giving UFO groups publicity it will help us. Well it would if they stuck to the seriousness of the subject as we do. However they keep on continuing with end comments like “do you believe in little green men”. I mean just look at this stupid picture of Dan. Couldn't they have done better? We all know a picture paints a thousand words.

16 November 2004, 11:42:29

The Blues Brothers star DAN AYKROYD has been appointed a Hollywood consultant for an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) network.

The Canadian actor is now the man filmmakers go to when they're making movies on alien spacecraft, after he was given his position by the MUTUAL UFO NETWORK (MUFON).

And Aykroyd admits he’s thrilled with his new role, because he’s long held a passion for the subject.

He says, “What I like about it (is) it’s entertaining and now the little alien head you see everywhere. It’s as big as the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, and the Tooth Fairy. It’s entered our mythical culture, in a very strange way. Kind of almost replacing elves and fairies from the turn of the century, so that’s really what fascinates me”.

He adds, “There’s footage (on MUFON’s website) of some of the stuff that we're getting out of California, some objects that are very credible”.

Fifty-four per cent of the people in the world believe (UFOs exist), according to some recent polls, then many do not. “If you're a writer, a director and you wanna access our UFO database, we'll throw open the files.”

See you in the next issue of the Ufologist.