Review: The Forgotten


Although 'The Forgotten' has had very little in the way of exposure (I don't think it even has an imdb page) it's actually an interesting albeit linear take on the apocalyptic world following a zombie outbreak.

Its three years since the end of the world as we know it, it's a desolate place with safety coming in the form of tribal behaviour. We are taken to southern America where one tribe, led by Reverend Josiah Phelps (whether this was coincidence or a dig at the real Phelps family, who knows), is running the show.

A marine has returned from war only to realise that his wife has been murdered and his daughter has been taken. With the help of his father in-law he must scour the land to try and find his daughter. Maybe not the most intricate of plot lines but it's certainly interesting, the story does flow nicely and with a few extra characters thrown in to help with the search you never feel frustrated with the pace, even when it does have its slow moments.

The first thing you notice with The Forgotten is the camera filter, it definitely takes a bit of getting used to. The directors have chosen a very washed out filter, a colourful film this is not, presumably to help with the overall feel of dread and desolation, in that respect it really does work - this is not an upbeat experience. Another noticeable aspect was the lack of ambient noise at the start of the movie, there's very little to take your mind away from the lack of human life, its deadly quiet with only the occasional scream of a zombie for company. What's interesting is as the film progresses and the action slowly starts to pick up we see more background noise, a nice touch that did not go unmissed.

Links have been made on the box art to 'Mad Max' and although the post apocalyptic feel of the film is very real it lacks the same charm and power that Mad Max had to offer. Mad Max seemed to make the scenario all very 'cool' especially with Gibbo as the lead, whereas 'The Forgotten' centres in a place that I would not want to be.

The reverend is leading his confederate racist tribe and running it exactly how we wants to. Using women like pawns and holding prisoners as he pleases. His tribe is filled with scum of the earth, racists, most with swastikas tattooed on their bodies. Before long the marine realises it's the reverend that is responsible for killing his wife, and holding his daughter hostage. 

The finale happens in the camp and the film has a very powerful ending. A lot happens on screen and even with a "happy" ending, it's still a bleak existence.

Negatives only really come in the way of the acting and voice work, the first 30 minutes or so is filled with some pretty piss poor acting which strangely enough doesn't seem to fit in with the rest of the runtime. Also the fact that they have scrapped the on-site vocals and gone with studio recorded ones is quite damaging to the overall feel of the film, in my opinion they should have just left the audio be, even if it would have been a grainy state it probably would have fitted right it just feels too crisp.

Overall 'The Forgotten' is an interesting take on the post apocalyptic world, it's not mind blowing but without it being over hyped like over films and having very little in the way of an advertising presence it's a good watch.

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