Unforgettable (2017)

  • Time: 100 min
  • Genre: Drama | Thriller
  • Director: Denise Di Novi
  • Cast: Rosario Dawson, Katherine Heigl, Cheryl Ladd, Geoff Stults

Storyline:

Tessa Connover (Katherine Heigl) is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex-husband, David, becomes happily engaged to Julia (Rosario Dawson). Trying to settle into her new role as a wife and a stepmother, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help her put her own troubled past behind her. Tessa’s jealousy takes a pathological turn, and she will stop at nothing to turn Julia’s dream into the ultimate nightmare.

One review

  • “I’m done with crazy.” So quips the trouper of David Connover from 2017’s Unforgettable (my latest review). Me, well I’m not done with kitschy, dramatic thrillers because I go back to them every chance I get. It’s a sickness and a darkened room escape I tell you.

    Taking place in Northern and Southern California, Unforgettable is slick, trashy, lacks artistic value, and provides guilty pleasure entertainment. If you’ve seen the trailer, you don’t need to be a genius to figure out what’s gonna happen over the next 100 minutes (Unforgettable’s lively running time). Similar yet restrained compared to Obsessed, Swimfan, 1992’s Unlawful Entry, The Perfect Guy, and 2015’s The Boy Next Door, Unforgettable is sadly my kind of contrite, film scanning. Call it a cinematic love-hate relationship for the viewer. Call it a stock, agitation-filled train wreck that you can’t look away from.

    Now Unforgettable despite a minor twist and some decent performances, still comes off as predictable with a sort of hooey ending. Watching it, you feel one step ahead of everyone and the foreseeable actions they partake in. Oh well. Director Denise Di Novi does manage to create a little tension and for much of the way, Unforgettable masks itself as a nasty, manipulative ride. Heck, you’ll never look at Facebook, online chatting, or a hair brush the same way again.

    The story is as follows: Julia Banks (played by Rosario Dawson) and David Connover (played by a low key Geoff Stults), are about to be engaged. David also has a child with his ex-wife, Tessa (played by Katherine Heigl). Julia and David’s engagement doesn’t sit well with deranged, unstable Tessa. She literally lives right next to the future spouses and looks to make Julia’s life a living hell. There are murders, a framing of a murder, legendary cat-fights, and gerrymandering of today’s social media (cell phones, cell phone photos, and the aforementioned Facebook). Heigl’s Tessa is everywhere, looking as though there are holograms made for her.

    Zuckerberg’s creation and batsh*t craziness aside, if you’ve seen the movies mentioned earlier in this review, you’ll know that Unforgettable is familiar stuff. The thing that helps it become almost recommendable is the acting of Dawson and Heigl. They rise above the material presented, throwing themselves into character and giving nerve ending turns. I’ll give Heigl and Dawson a rating of three stars and every other element in Unforgettable two. My overall rating: 2 and a half stars. Unforgettable isn’t entirely “forgettable” but compared to something like the superior Fatal Attraction (I almost forgot about that flick), it’s second tier and not that “compatible”. My advice for Dawson’s Banks from the first half hour of Unforgettable was this: Get out of the inevitably bad situation woman! It’s real simple.

    Rating: 2.5 out of 4 stars

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