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The Forgotten

Promotional poster for The Forgotten
Directed by Joseph Ruben
Produced by Bruce Cohen
Dan Jinks
Joe Roth
Written by Gerald Di Pego
Starring Julianne Moore
Anthony Edwards
Lee Tergesen
Alfre Woodard
Gary Sinise
Linus Roache
Dominic West
Music by James Horner
Cinematography Anastas N. Michos
Editing by Richard Francis-Bruce
Distributed by Domestic:
Columbia Pictures
International:
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Release date(s) September 24, 2004
Running time 91 min
Country USA
Language English
Budget $42,000,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue $117,592,831 (Worldwide)

The Forgotten is a 2004 American psychological thriller film, directed by Joseph Ruben and starring Julianne Moore. The majority of the movie was filmed in New York City.

The movie revolves around a woman who thinks that she lost her son in an airline crash 14 months ago, only to wake up one morning and be told that she never had a son. All of her memories are intact but with no physical evidence that contradicts the claims of her husband and psychiatrist, she sets out in search for solid evidence of her son's existence.

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Telly Paretta believes that her son Sam died fourteen months previously but her husband Jim tells her that she is delusional. Doctor Munce tells her that she is delusional and imagining a life that never happened after a miscarriage; he recommends that she be sent to a hospital. At this she runs away and meets with a man (Ash) whom she thinks is the father of one of her son's friends. At first he dismisses her and calls the police, but as she is taken away by the police he also remembers his daughter and rescues Telly; together they escape and go into hiding, pursued by agents.

Telly and Ash capture and torture an agent, who reveals that the agents are merely helping "them" and it is for the protection of humankind. The roof of the house then blows off and the agent is abducted, presumably taken by "them", and the two flee. Eventually, she visits Dr. Munce again- and he reveals to her that the occurring disappearances are the work of 'them', and that the government monitors their trials- aware that they have no power to stop 'them' from doing whatever they want to do.

Eventually Telly hunts down one of "them" at an abandoned airport and he tells her that she has been a part of an experiment into whether the bonds between mother and child can be broken. Telly refuses to deny her son's existence. She is choked and ordered to give up her first memory of her son; the first time she saw him as a newborn. But she recalls her pregnancy and the being who has been experimenting on her is 'blown away'. She then finds herself living her normal life with her son again, though she remembers everything that has happened. She reunites with Sam at a park. Also at the park, is Ash, watching over his daughter. Like Sam, he has no memory of what has happened. Telly "re"introduces herself and the two sit and watch the kids play in the playground.

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Reception

Critics gave the film generally negative reviews. On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 31% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 166 reviews.[1] On Metacritic, the film had an average score of 43 out of 100, based on 34 reviews.[2]

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Box office performance

The film opened September 24, 2004 in the United States and Canada and grossed $21 million in 3,104 theaters its opening weekend, ranking #1 at the box office.[3]

The film cost $42 million to produce and it eventually grossed $67.1 million in the U.S. and Canada and $50.4 million in other territories, for a worldwide gross of $117.5 million.[4]

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