The Forgotten is a 2004 American psychological thriller film, directed by Joseph Ruben and starring Julianne Moore. The majority of the movie was filmed in New York City.
The movie revolves around a woman who thinks that she lost her son in an airline crash 14 months ago, only to wake up one morning and be told that she never had a son. All of her memories are intact but with no physical evidence that contradicts the claims of her husband and psychiatrist, she sets out in search for solid evidence of her son's existence.
It was produced by Revolution Studios for Columbia Pictures and was released in the United States and Canada on September 24, 2004.
Telly Paretta believes that her son Sam died fourteen months previously but her husband Jim tells her that she is delusional. Doctor Munce tells her that she is delusional and imagining a life that never happened after a miscarriage; he recommends that she be sent to a hospital. At this she runs away and meets with a man (Ash) whom she thinks is the father of one of her son's friends. At first he dismisses her and calls the police, but as she is taken away by the police he also remembers his daughter and rescues Telly; together they escape and go into hiding, pursued by agents.
Telly and Ash capture and torture an agent, who reveals that the agents are merely helping "them" and it is for the protection of humankind. The roof of the house then blows off and the agent is abducted, presumably taken by "them", and the two flee. Eventually, she visits Dr. Munce again—and he reveals to her that the occurring disappearances are the work of 'them', and that the government monitors their trials—aware that they have no power to stop 'them' from doing whatever they want to do.
Eventually Telly hunts down one of "them" at an abandoned airport and he tells her that she has been a part of an experiment into whether the bonds between mother and child can be broken. Telly refuses to deny her son's existence. She is choked and ordered to give up her first memory of her son; the first time she saw him as a newborn. But she recalls her pregnancy and the being who has been experimenting on her is 'blown away'. She then finds herself living her normal life with her son again, though she remembers everything that has happened. She reunites with Sam at a park. Also at the park, is Ash, watching over his daughter. Like Sam, he has no memory of what has happened. Telly "re"-introduces herself and the two sit and watch the kids play in the playground.
*Julianne Moore – Telly Paretta
*Christopher Kovaleski – Sam Paretta
*Jessica Hecht – Eliot
*Gary Sinise – Dr. Jack Munce
*Alfre Woodard – Det. Anne Pope
*Anthony Edwards – Jim Paretta
*Dominic West – Ash Correll
*Kathryn Faughnan – Lauren Correll
*Linus Roache – "A Friendly Man" (Mr. Shineer)
*Lee Tergesen – Al Petalis
Critics gave the film generally negative reviews. On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 31% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 166 reviews. On Metacritic, the film had an average score of 43 out of 100, based on 34 reviews.
Box office performance
The film opened September 24, 2004 in the United States and Canada and grossed $21 million in 3,104 theaters its opening weekend, ranking #1 at the box office.
The film cost $42 million to produce and it eventually grossed $67.1 million in the U.S. and Canada and $50.4 million in other territories, for a worldwide gross of $117.5 million.
* List of American films of 2004
* Twist ending
ReferencesThis text has been derived from The Forgotten (2004 film) on Wikipedia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License 3.0