‘Forgotten’ and football
Perhaps it’s wholly inappropriate, but the best reason I can come up with for not liking “The Forgotten” is football.I don’t mean that in a logical way, like I might’ve been better off with the Southern Cal-Stanford shootout I missed while I was taking in “The Forgotten” at the Mall 3 in Glenwood Springs. In fact, I really wanted to like it and in a damage-control effort after the movie, I tried to retrace its steps to the moment it went comically wrong.I mean – and this is where the inappropriateness comes in – a movie that’s half supernatural/sci-fi thriller and half cuddly family flick reminded me of nothing so much as a field goal that falls inches short as time expires: just a few inches short, but way off nonetheless.”The Forgotten” probably seemed like a good idea at the time, and in fact, it has a promising beginning: lots of creepy atmosphere, the suggestion of lots of stuff going on behind the scenes.Instead, the final result resembles M. Night Shyamalan for dummies, a touchy-feely “X Files” for the Lifetime Network. If we pulled the same revisionist history trick central to “The Forgotten,” and all of a sudden nobody remembered that Moore was in “The Hours” and “Far From Heaven,” it might be a direct-to-Lifetime release for the network to sandwich between “Not Without My Daughter” marathons. The rest of the “oh-that’s-that-guy!” cast, might feel right at home.Moore – the stand-in Clarisse Starling for the “Silence of the Lambs” sequel – wasn’t the original choice to star as Telly Paretta (which I think must be an anagram, hopefully for something that will make “The Forgotten” have a point), according to the Internet Movie Database; it was supposed to be Nicole Kidman. In a way, that seems appropriate, because “The Forgotten” feels like a stand-in for the good movie it maybe could have been.But aside from some unintentionally hilarious special effects – you’ll know them when you see them because you won’t be sure whether to jump or laugh – it’s hard to see anything obviously corny in “The Forgotten.” It’s more the little things – Moore blending into the background instead of casting Kidman to carry the movie, or the possibility of the script in Shyamalan’s capable grasp instead of Joseph Ruben’s hammy hands.They’re really just misses by inches, but the final result of “The Forgotten” is off by a light year.They’re really just misses by inches, but the final result of “The Forgotten” is off by a light year.
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