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The Forgotten

``THE FORGOTTEN'' begins like a psychological thriller with a psychiatrist telling a woman that she is hallucinating about an eight-year-old son she never had. The woman's husband adds that she had an abortion that got her into that state. A little later into Joseph Ruben's film, the psychiatrist is not too sure that the woman is sick.

Ruben, who some years ago, gave us a good work, "Sleeping with the Enemy," disappoints us here, and the dissatisfaction is complete when the film weaves itself into not just bizarre but awfully stupid situations complete with unbelievable chase sequences where Julianne Moore as the troubled woman gives the slip to two burly looking American police officers!

The usually sensitive actress, Julianne, who did wonders in Todd Haynes "Safe" and the wrenching melodrama, "Far from Heaven," appears to have barely given her attention to ``The Forgotten." Which is nothing but a pseudo-spiritual, mumbo-jumbo, science-fiction inflicted mess that opens in Chennai today (December 31, 2004).

At the end of the movie, after photographs have disappeared along with children and some people's memories — not to mention some being blown off with such deafening noise and shock that a few souls in the special Press show at Chennai spilled their cups of coffee — one came out with uncomfortable perplexity. If one is in a mood for cheap thrills and some nonsense about motherhood, "The Forgotten" is perfect fodder.

GAUTAMAN BHASKARAN

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