The Forgotten

The Forgotten

Joseph Ruben (2004)

12 Certificate


Our Score
As the director of Sleeping with the Enemy and The Stepfather, Joseph Ruben knows a thing or two about suspense. So it's surprising that this psychological thriller has no real tension, relying instead on a handful of ruthlessly effective jolts to convey its air of unseen menace. In another of her tormented mother roles, Julianne Moore plays a woman grieving over the death of her eight-year-old son. Told by her psychiatrist (Gary Sinise) that the boy never existed, she's stunned to find all evidence of the child has disappeared and sets out to prove that she's not delusional. While Moore works hard, her performance is undermined by a weak script and ridiculous storyline, which veers from X-Files-style conspiracy paranoia to melodramatic farce. Had Ruben's direction been stronger, the film might have been salvaged. Unfortunately, despite some attractive cinematography, the overall construction is too lazy to paper over the many plot holes.


A woman is distraught over her son's death and turns for help to a seemingly well-meaning psychiatrist - who only compounds her distress by insisting the child was a figment of her imagination. However, when she meets a man who has had a similar experience, the pair set out to discover the truth. Thriller, starring Julianne Moore, Gary Sinise and Dominic West.

Cast & Crew

Telly Paretta Julianne Moore
Dr Jack Munce Gary Sinise
Ash Correll Dominic West
Det Anne Pope Alfre Woodard
Jim Paretta Anthony Edwards
Carl Dayton Robert Wisdom
Eliot Jessica Hecht
Agent Alec Wong Tim Kang
Director Joseph Ruben
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 26 Nov 2004