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The Forgotten

By Lawrence Davis

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"The Forgotten" is an instant classic and sure to become a cult craze! Bring someone to this film who you will feel comfortable grabbing or being grabbed by. It's a great date movie

Not since I was a young child can I remember being as frightened from a movie.

After seeing this film my date stated. "I can't recall the last time in my adult life when I was so viscerally affected by a film. When the last time I actually screamed and grabbed at the person beside me. When sitting perfectly still in my seat I could feel my heart racing and my ears pounding. I left the theatre in an altered state with butterflies in my stomach that lasted for hours."

You absolutely feel you are involved with the characters - a traffic crash in the film was so realistic that when I drove home from the theatre. I had that cautious feeling one has after actually being in a bad accident. They should teach traffic school that way, you really felt as if you were in the crash! Even now I can still fell the impact and see the shattering glass. It was amazing realism.

Screenwriter Gerald DiPego took his inspiration for "The Forgotten" from a dream. In the dream there was a family photograph - a mother, a father and a young son. Slowly, the son's image began to fade, finally disappearing. DiPego jolted awake. He looked at the clock. It was 6:30 in the morning. He remained fixated on the distressing image in the dream and started to build on it. By 8:30, he recalls, he woke up his wife and told her "I think I have a story." 

And what a story it is! The premise of the "The Forgotten"  asks the question "What if you were told that every moment you experienced and every memory you held dear never happened?" 

"The Forgotten", is a haunting psychological thriller by Revolution Studios, presenting a Jinks/Cohen Company Production. The film stars Julianne Moore, Dominic West, Gary Sinise, Alfre Woodard, Linus Roache and Anthony Edwards. The film is directed by Joseph Ruben from a screenplay written by Gerald DiPego. Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks and Joe Roth are the producers. Steve Nicolaides and Todd Garner are the executive producers. Anastas Michos is the director of photography. The production designer is Bill Groom. The editor is Richard Francis-Bruce, A.C.E. Cindy Evans is the costume designer. The music is by James Horner.

I found the movie to have phenomenal special effects, sound and acting. Julianne Moore and Dominic West were amazing, their performances were outstanding. Gary Sinise and Anthony Edwards, though less prominent also turned in very believable performances.

I loved this film! I loved experiencing feeling like a child at the movies again. Feeling like I was no longer sophisticated, cynically thinking to myself "that couldn't happen" or consciously having to suspend disbelief to stay in the story. I loved feeling innocent and swept from myself into an intriguing story. "The Forgotten" is great storytelling the way movies should be.

Don't wait for it to come out on DVD go to a theatre with great sound, bring someone to hold onto, get a large popcorn and soda, sit back fasten you seat belt and get ready for a ride!

 

 

 

For more information go to:

http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/theforgotten/

 

Published on Dec 31, 1969

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