What’s that old saying? “There’s a first time for everything,” or something like that. Well, I didn’t quite believe it until today. But this morning it finally happened to me: I completely forgot I saw a movie.
ironically enough, the movie I seem to have blacked out was 2004’s, “The Forgotten.” The name didn’t ring a bell, so I had to google it, and even then my friend Ali had to convince me a bunch of us went tot he movies to see the damn thing.
If you’re like me and don’t remember “The Forgotten,” the film was directed by Joseph Ruben and starred Julianne Moore, Dominic West, Gary Sinise, Alfre Woodard, Linus Roache, and Anthony Edwards. There’s some good talent there, so I was still surprised I forgot I saw this movie. But when I read the plot, some memories started coming back.
The film’s plot finds a woman named Telly Paretta (Julianne Moore), who believes that she lost her son in a plane crash a little over a year ago. She wakes up one morning and is told that she never had a son. Yet, all of her memories of the boy are intact, but there is no physical evidence to back her up. Despite what her husband and her psychiatrist say, Telly sets out in search for solid evidence of her son’s existence.
She then runs into a man named Ash (Dominic West) whom she thinks is the father of a girl named Lauren (Kathryn Faughnan) who was her son’s friend and also died in the same plane crash. At first, Ash dismisses her claims, saying he never had a daughter, and calls the police on her.
I don’t remember too much about the movie after that, but after thinking about it, a couple of things do stand out:
- The look on Dominic West’s face when Julianne Moore peels back the wallpaper in his house
- Gary Sinise creeps me out
- Me thinking “Anthony Edwards left E.R. for this?”
- At the end of the movie I was like “That’s it?”
So while I may have forgotten “The Forgotten,” maybe it wasn’t because of old age or something like that. But maybe I forgot “The Forgotten” because it’s and awful movie that I paid to see in the theater.
I hope we at least went out to dinner before or after the movie. That at least would have been worth it.