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THE RAZZ: Moore than a mum in despair; Julianne is the ace in a strange tale of loss THE FORGOTTEN #####.

Byline: Rick Fulton

12 EVERY good story has a beginning, a middle and an end.The Forgotten certainly has all three, but the final act of Joseph Ruben's supernatural thriller seems to belong to a different film entirely.

Doting mother Telly Paretta (Julianne Moore) is distraught at the loss of her nine-year-old son Sam (Christopher Kovaleski) in an airplane crash.

She spends days poring over photo albums and home videos, trying desperately to cling to the past. But all the reminiscing cannot help Telly to come to terms with her terrible loss and she is compelled to seek psychiatric help.

Wallowing in grief, Telly is nudged towards the brink of insanity when her psychiatrist Dr Munce (Gary Sinise) and husband Jim (Anthony Edwards) tell her that she never had a son at all.

Her memories of Sam are apparently the elaborate creation of her delusional mind.

As she wrestles with the possibility of a phantom child, local cop Anne Pope (Alfre Woodard) senses there maybe a germ of truth in what the hysterical mother says.

Then another parent, Ash Cornell (Dominic West), begins to remember...

Without giving too much away, even Mulder and Scully would be scratching their heads in disbelief at the revelations in the final, special effects-laden 30 minutes of The Forgotten, written by Gerald Di Pego.

It's a real pity because the usually reliable Moore delivers a compelling performance as a traumatised parent.You genuinely feel her loss, her helplessness and desperation.

Sinise, Edwards and West, whose character spends much of the film in an alcohol-induced haze, are wasted and director Ruben struggles to maintain control of the narrative - but he does wring some cheap shocks and thrills in the atmospheric opening act.

DVD Extras: Director and writer's commentary, On The Set: The Making Of featurette, deleted scenes. Also available to buy DVD pounds 19.99/DVD box set with Gothika pounds 24.99/VHS pounds 12.99.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 25, 2005
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