‘X Files’ suspense forgotten
Dan saw “The Forgotten” first and trashed it, so I walked into the movie with low expectations and an open mind – and I ended up liking it.I’m not saying “The Forgotten” is a good movie, but it’s compelling enough for a 90-minute escape -that is, if no one has spoiled it for you.
It begins with the suspenseful and sentimental story of Telly Paretta (Julianne Moore), a woman grieving over the loss of her 9-year-old son, then turns into a psychological thriller when her husband calls her delusional and denies they ever had a son. While many reviewers have criticized the film for taking a horribly wrong and cheesy turn at this point, I respect it for at least trying. Yes, overall, it falls short, possibly because it’s a hybrid of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “X Files” and “Twilight Zone,” with, as Dan eluded to, a dose of the Oxygen Network.Telly and Ash (Dominic West) come off as B-rated understudies to Scully and Mulder in the “X Files” – Telly, like Scully, (Dan may be reaching too deep, suspecting her name is an anagram – maybe it’s just a simple, somewhat rhythmic take-off on “Scully”) has red hair, wide eyes and a curiosity for all things truly weird, while Ash initially seems skeptical. Both subtly carry a sexual tension, and each relies on the other.
Moore and West are the strongest actors, while others, like Detective Ann Pope (Alfre Woodard) don’t seem as convincing – though it’s hard to act convincingly with ridiculous special effects, the details of which would spoil the story.The pace moves quickly, teasing the audience just long enough before switching gears and providing more clues.
In the end, it begs deep questions, none of which I can talk about without giving key details away, so I’ll just say: Enter with an open mind, low expectations and a willing suspension of disbelief, and see what happens.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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