THE  FORGOTTEN     -          A  Narada Film Review

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THE F0RGOTTEN - 2004   -Joseph Ruben-Director  &  Bruce Cohen  -Producer
        First off and up-front, why is it with the film THE FORGOTTEN, that Sony Pictures would go to all the trouble to attempt to disguise their participation in this film with multiple layers of phony production house names?   Be it tax dodge or embarrassment at having made such a blatant rip-off sci-fi thriller, we will probably never know.   But what we do know, is that it didn't work, and Sony Pictures remains on the blame-line.
         THE FORGOTTEN starts off as a fairly interesting psycho-thriller, where Telly Paretta (Juliana Moore) is seeking psychiatric help from Dr Jack Munce (Gary Sinese) to cope with the air-crash death of her son.   She compulsively goes into her son's room to paw through his toys and fawn over a family photo until one day she sees the picture no longer has her son in it, and the toys are gone.   She immediately blames her husband and her psychiatrist for conspiring in this cheap ploy to help get her through her grieving, only to find out that she never had a son - none of her son's school friends know anything, no official records, no birth record, no newspaper records of the fatal air crash, nothing.   Which is of course, bizarre and totally insane in her eyes, and she sets out to prove to them (and to herself) that, of course she had a son.   She immediately seeks help from the police, but it doesn't appear that the police believe her story either.   But her quest turns dangerous when she accidentally finds out that first the police, and then the FBI, are in fact searching - not for her son, but for her.
         It is here, however, that the plot begins to unravel into a typical alien abduction conspiracy plot, the chief alien being a direct rip-off of Robert Patrick's portrayal of the super-robot T-1000 in Terminator 2.   Gary Sinese, horribly miscast and underutilized, has no chance to come up to his Spencer Olham role in Impostor (yet another Phillip K. Dick classic).   Just when we thought it couldn't get any worse, we realize that we are being dragged feet-first into a story which asks, "Which is stronger, a mother's love for a child, or alien supermen?"   It's like asking yourself who would win a Kung-Fu fight-to-the-death between Santa Clause and Darth Vader.
      Enduring Line or Phrase:  "I'm having a National Enquirer moment..."

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