History Film / TheForgotten

16th Feb '16 9:59:02 AM AlphaHandingGems
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* HappyFlashback: Several {{flashback}}s to when Sam and Lauren were around. These scenes have [[FlashbackEffects bright colors and a glow effect]] unlike the rest of the film.


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* TopDownView: The film has [[ExaggeratedTrope excessive aerial shots]]. These are actually [[JustifiedTrope the point of view of aliens when they observe earth and follow the humans]].
15th Jun '15 2:14:35 PM morenohijazo
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* MotherhoodIsSuperior

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* MotherhoodIsSuperiorMotherhoodIsSuperior: Julianne Moore plays a mother still grieving over the loss of her son in a plane crash some time previously and suddenly wakes up to find that no one remembers he existed, not even her own husband. She talks to the father of another child who died in the crash and he doesn't remember either and only when shown physical evidence of her does he finally remember only to be taken away by the mysterious force stalking them. At the end this is all revealed to be part of an alien experiment to test the "mother-son bond", and whether it could be destroyed. Apparently not, since despite the aliens' best efforts, her memories cannot be erased. Eventually the kids are brought back and the dads don't remember a thing.
8th Jun '15 11:30:24 AM Morgenthaler
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8th Jun '15 11:29:39 AM Morgenthaler
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''The Forgotten'' is a 2004 Suspense/Thriller by Joseph Ruben. Told that her child, Sam, never existed, Telly Paretta [[spoiler: finds physical evidence of Sam's existence and]] tries desperately to find someone to believe her, helped by Ash Correll, another parent who had apparently lost his daughter. As she unravels the mystery she discovers greater forces at work [[spoiler: trying to hide the fact, and that the government is in bed with aliens to cover up abductions and experiments on the human psyche.]]

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''The Forgotten'' is a 2004 Suspense/Thriller by Joseph Ruben. Told that her child, Sam, never existed, Telly Paretta [[spoiler: finds physical evidence of Sam's existence and]] and tries desperately to find someone to believe her, helped by Ash Correll, another parent who had apparently lost his daughter. As she unravels the mystery she discovers greater forces at work [[spoiler: trying to hide the fact, and that the government is in bed with aliens to cover up abductions and experiments on the human psyche.]]
work.
2nd Apr '14 8:21:15 PM Gregzilla
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* CosmicHorrorStory: What the film turns out to be. There are unnamed and unseen beings out there that have the power to abduct people and erase their existence from the world, including from people's memories. Telly and Ash are outright told that the truth is too fantastic for their brains to comprehend and the unseen beings can snatch people right up from where they're standing. The reason they're doing all this? [[spoiler: It's an experiment]].
* TheDeterminator: Telly.

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* CosmicHorrorStory: What the film turns out to be. There are unnamed and unseen beings out there that have the power to abduct people and erase their existence from the world, including from people's memories. Telly and Ash are outright told that the truth is too fantastic for their brains to comprehend and the unseen beings can snatch people right up from where they're standing. The reason they're doing all this? [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's an experiment]].
experiment.]]
* TheDeterminator: {{Determinator}}: Telly.



* Gaslighting: A particularly weird and ambitious example.

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* Gaslighting: {{Gaslighting}}: A particularly weird and ambitious example.



* MamaBear / PapaWolf

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* MamaBear / PapaWolfMamaBear[=/=]PapaWolf



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We really never find out what happens to [[spoiler: Anne Pope, Jim or Dr Muntz. Presumably the last two had their memories reworked to erase the incident but Anne was snatched right up into the air so you never know...]]

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We really never find out what happens to [[spoiler: Anne Pope, Jim or Dr Muntz. Presumably the last two had their memories reworked to erase the incident but Anne was snatched right up into the air so you never know...know.]]
30th Jan '14 2:40:29 AM humanpunk
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* Gaslighting: A particularly weird and ambitious example.
7th Oct '13 4:02:17 PM dangerdan97
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''The Forgotten'' is a 2004 Suspense/Thriller by Joseph Ruben. Told that her child, Sam, never existed, Telly Paretta [[spoiler: find physical evidence of Sam's existence and]] tries desperately to find someone to believe her, helped by Ash Correll, another parent who had apparently lost his daughter. As she unravels the mystery she discovers greater forces at work [[spoiler: trying to hide the fact, and that the government is in bed with aliens to cover up abductions and experiments on the human psyche.]]

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''The Forgotten'' is a 2004 Suspense/Thriller by Joseph Ruben. Told that her child, Sam, never existed, Telly Paretta [[spoiler: find finds physical evidence of Sam's existence and]] tries desperately to find someone to believe her, helped by Ash Correll, another parent who had apparently lost his daughter. As she unravels the mystery she discovers greater forces at work [[spoiler: trying to hide the fact, and that the government is in bed with aliens to cover up abductions and experiments on the human psyche.]]
28th Apr '13 3:38:35 PM PsychWardWalker
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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Every parent is made to forget that their child ever existed. The clean-up squad missed a few photos.

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Every parent is made to forget that their child ever existed. The clean-up squad missed a few photos.photos and [[spoiler:wall art behind wallpaper]].
12th Apr '13 9:25:17 PM unicorndream
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''The Forgotten'' is a 2004 Suspense/Thriller by Joseph Ruben. Told that her child, Sam, never existed, Telly Paretta find physical evidence of Sam's existence and tries desperately to find someone to believe her, helped by Ash Correll, another parent who had apparently lost his daughter. As she unravels the mystery she discovers greater forces at work trying to hide the fact, and that the government is in bed with aliens to cover up abductions and experiments on the human psyche.

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''The Forgotten'' is a 2004 Suspense/Thriller by Joseph Ruben. Told that her child, Sam, never existed, Telly Paretta [[spoiler: find physical evidence of Sam's existence and and]] tries desperately to find someone to believe her, helped by Ash Correll, another parent who had apparently lost his daughter. As she unravels the mystery she discovers greater forces at work [[spoiler: trying to hide the fact, and that the government is in bed with aliens to cover up abductions and experiments on the human psyche.
psyche.]]
5th Sep '12 5:15:12 PM blueranger
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* AlwaysABiggerFish: The agent who appears to be in charge of the operation. [[spoiler: He's just a Mook]].
* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: [[spoiler: Ash]].
* CosmicHorrorStory: What the film turns out to be. There are unnamed and unseen beings out there that have the power to abduct people and erase their existence from the world, including from people's memories. Telly and Ash are outright told that the truth is too fantastic for their brains to comprehend and the unseen beings can snatch people right up from where they're standing. The reason they're doing all this? [[spoiler: It's an experiment]].
* TheDeterminator: Telly.
* [[DisposableFiancee Disposable Husband]]: Telly's husband is quickly brushed aside and has his memories of her erased.
* EldritchAbomination: We never see the aliens behind the experiment but their powers are stated above and humans must go along with them because there's nothing they can do to stop them.
* FieryRedhead: It's no coincidence that passionate and determined Telly is red haired.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: It's what one of the agents claims would happen if they heard the real truth.


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* MamaBear / PapaWolf


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* MindRape: The agent tries to do this to Telly towards the end to make her forget Sam. [[spoiler: It doesn't work]].


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* NotUsingTheZWord: "Aliens" is never said though everyone gets the general idea from the use of the word "abducted".
* SayMyName: Telly getting Ash to say Lauren's name helps trigger his memories of her. When she tries to get Jim to say Sam's name, he notably refuses.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Telly is seeing a therapist to cope with the loss of her son. [[spoiler: He's in on the whole hoax]].
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: We really never find out what happens to [[spoiler: Anne Pope, Jim or Dr Muntz. Presumably the last two had their memories reworked to erase the incident but Anne was snatched right up into the air so you never know...]]
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