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PCR # 236  (Vol. 5, No. 40)  This edition is for the week of September 27--October 3, 2004.

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Movie Review
"The Forgotten"

Movie review by:
Michael A. Smith

Three stars

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Sony Pictures     
Starring: Julianne Moore, Dominic West, Gary Sinise, Anthony Edwards and Alfre Woodard
Directed by: Jospeh Ruben
Rated: PG 13
Running Time: 1 hour 36 mins

Did you ever misplace your keys? I mean really lose them and tear the house apart looking for them? Then, when you finally find them, you don't remember leaving them there? Imagine losing your child the same way. That is the story of "The Forgotten."

Moore is Telly Paretta. Telly is in therapy, still grieving over the loss of her young son in a plane crash. Her psychiatrist (Sinise) is puzzled by one thing. All of the information he has points to the fact that Telly never had a son. The more insistent she becomes, the more the facts seem to prove her wrong. A photo she remembered of her husband, son and she now shows only two. Even her husband (Edwards) seems oblivious to the fact that a son ever existed. But Telly won't let the memory go. Even when she misplaces her car, or smells a cup of coffee she doesn't have, she never backs down from her memory. She runs into Ash Correll (West), who lost a daughter on the same flight. Or did he? Not only does Ash not recall having a daughter, he doesn't recall knowing Telly. Is she crazy? Delusional? Or is she just a grieving mother holding on to a memory?

"The Forgotten" could have easily been a one-note film, but thanks to the work of Julianne Moore, it sings. As Telly, Moore gives an outstanding performance. She refuses to let the memory of her son die, no matter what the cost. And she is surrounded by a group of actors who bring an air of believability to the story. West does a fine job as a man who slowly begins to realize the truth about his life. Sinise is solid as usual. Director Ruben keeps the story moving and the intensity cranked up. Part "Memento," part "Twilight Zone," the film holds your attention until the end.

On a scale of zero to four stars, I give "The Forgotten"  Three stars

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