This was one of those movies that I remember seeing trailers for and being intrigued by. But for some reason or another I never got around to checking it out. Then it popped up on the Netflix download, I had a flashback to the trailer and decided to give it a spin. Was it worth digging up this… un-remembered movie or should it have stayed… in oblivion.
Telly (Julianne Moore) is trying to cope with the loss of her son. Her husband Jim (Anthony Edwards) starts to believe that she will never cope with anything. Mostly because they never had a son! Telly refuses to beiieve that all her memories of her child are some kind of mental breakdown. She receives confirmation of this when she meets a Ash Correll (Dominic West). His daughter has also disappeared from everything but his memories.
The two begin a search for these missing children and a world that seems bent on erasing them from existence. Along the way they finds clues that point them to a decietful Dr. Munce (Gary Sinise) and put them in the way of determined detective Pope (Alfre Woodard). Have Telly and Ash gone completely insane or is there a secret behind the Forgotten children?
- Julianne Moore delivers a very moving performance
- Alfre Woodard injects some energy and personality into the film
- Has a couple creepy moments
- Moves too slowly losing all sense of momentum
- Never feels like it goes quite far enough with certain concepts
- The final reveal is a bit of a let down
About halfway through the film I wished that Woodard’s detective character had been the main character. She brings life and energy to this turgid film, and whenever she’s around the movie picks up. Sadly most of the film wallows in slow conversations that meander around but never quite gel. I see what director Joseph Ruben was going for, but he never quite captures that mood or atmosphere. The end result is a dull film that is quickly… forgotten. (had to be done)
Scores (out of 5)
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