REVIEW: There’s Nothing Memorable About ‘Unforgettable’

This movie’s Internet Movie Database page says that it’s a thriller, but as it was screening, “Unforgettable” seemed to be more of a comedy.

The film follows the character Julia (Rosario Dawson), who’s moving from San Francisco to a smaller community to live with her fiancé David (Geoff Stults) and his daughter. While it takes some time for to fit in, Julia does eventually start to get a bit used to living in her new home.

An immediate problem starts to come forward in the character Tessa (Katherine Heigl), though. Tessa is David’s ex and isn’t too much of a fan of Julia getting close with her former family and it doesn’t take long for the jealousy to turn into complete hatred. As time goes on, Tessa begins working to ruin Julia’s life.

The most first problem with “Unforgettable” is its opening. The film takes an approach that’s been used in other movies and more often than not, it’s just downright annoying. That approach is showing the audience a scene from the end of the second act, basically revealing what’s going to happen, and then having the next scene flash back to an earlier period of time.

I’ve never really been a fan of these setups because it goes beyond foreshadowing, at that point it’s simply spoiling. With that said, if that was my only gripe with “Unforgettable,” then it probably would have been an OK movie.

That’s not the case. This would be thriller is jam packed with a ridiculous story, over-the-top dialogue and even some weak jump scares. None of it comes as much of a surprise, either, as this flick plays off of plenty clichés and never puts anything new out there. Such unbearably dumb hijinx includes a moment where Heigl’s character is ‘pushed’ down a flight of stairs by Julia and Heigl’s character being able to do all sorts of computer hacking nonsense when it looks like she has no idea how it would work. Plus, there’s the absurd ending.

Overall it comes across more as a made-for-TV movie than a theatrical release.

Then there’s the acting. Unlike the film’s title, many performances, such as Stults, are forgettable. Dawson, meanwhile, has a few moments where she seems like she’s phoning it in and Heigl delivers her lines with absolutely zero subtlety.

Heigl never even tries to hide the fact that she’s a complete psycho. From the minute that her character comes on screen, Heigl portrays the character like she’s ready to do something evil. This sort of thing is why the movie doesn’t work at all. Everything is played as over-serious and without any nuance, so anytime it tries to put an audience more on the edge of their seats, it just becomes more laughable.

This one isn’t worth the time. If you’re in the mood for a similar thriller, you can pretty much find the same thing on the Lifetime Channel and save your money. 1 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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