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The Forgotten
(2004)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Simon Rhodes
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(October 5th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you could find comfort in fifteen minutes of pleasantly dramatic cloudiness led by a romantic piano and a solo string theme over eerie synthetic tones that mimic the sound and feel of Mark Snow's music for "The X-Files."

Avoid it... if those fifteen minutes of restrained highlights is not worth another forty-five minutes of electronic clanging, aimless droning, and stark atmospheric suspense.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #572
WRITTEN 10/23/04, REVISED 10/10/11
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The Forgotten: (James Horner) It's a premise that intrigued nearly everyone when the film was in post-production during the summer of 2004. A mother's son is killed in a plane crash and while that mother is grieving, the entire world eventually comes around to tell her that her son actually never existed. That child, they say, died in a miscarriage and the mother, who is balancing on the edge of insanity, has mentally fabricated all of the memories of the child, the pictures, and the home videos she so dearly remembers. She spends the rest of the film grappling with this possible truth while resisting it at the same time and attempting to verify her own instincts. Director Joseph Ruben's The Forgotten was received with severely mixed reviews, some critics and audiences accepting of the film's ultimate truth while others believed that the revelations at the end cheapened the film beyond repair. Ruben was best known for his depictions of psychological family-related thrillers, and it could be argued that the strong cast of The Forgotten saves it from total mediocrity for most audiences. The 2004 film, despite earning enough to turn a profit, was his final venture for a long time. Never having worked with composer James Horner before, Ruben's choice for his music was strong. It's a subject matter and tone that probably would have best suited James Newton Howard, but after widely varying the emotional range of his scores in the previous year, Horner seemed ready for another topic relating to troubled families, and, more specifically, one of suspense. Horner's approach to interpersonal struggle has traditionally revolved around a meandering piano, and The Forgotten returns to that familiar territory. The score blurs the lines between soft sentimentality and unsettled ambience, soothing the listener with tonal, rambling piano performances while often jarring that experience with an assault of dissonant electronics. To describe the score in any detail, and especially the use of the synthetic elements, it would be nearly impossible not to divulge the "major twist" that caused the polarization of critics and audiences of the film, so if you don't wish to know the ending of The Forgotten, then stop reading here and stick with the recommendation of Horner's score made in the "Filmtracks Recommends" section above.



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632 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.77 Stars
***** 96 5 Stars
**** 104 4 Stars
*** 135 3 Stars
** 157 2 Stars
* 140 1 Stars
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It's Dark for A Reason!
Trevor - November 28, 2006, at 10:44 a.m.
1 comment  (1925 views)
moody, clanging score works wonders in the movie *NM*
greg - February 5, 2005, at 6:44 p.m.
1 comment  (2399 views)
quite enjoyable actually!   Expand >>
CS^TBL - December 10, 2004, at 4:18 p.m.
2 comments  (3295 views)
Newest: December 20, 2004, at 6:07 p.m. by
JS Park
Pro-Life movie
JR - November 5, 2004, at 7:49 a.m.
1 comment  (2485 views)
Alternative Review of The Forgotten at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - November 5, 2004, at 6:44 a.m.
1 comment  (1866 views)
Haunting Score   Expand >>
Craig - October 26, 2004, at 10:27 a.m.
7 comments  (6282 views)
Newest: November 14, 2004, at 1:19 a.m. by
Lokutus
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 59:29
• 1. An Unsettling Calm (4:27)
• 2. Remember... (4:25)
• 3. In Memories Only, the Empty Page (7:52)
• 4. Containment of a Darker Purpose (7:50)
• 5. The Experiment on Innocence (4:15)
• 6. Confronting Forever (3:48)
• 7. Re-Assembling Shattered Pieces (3:51)
• 8. Profound Emptiness... The Hangar (8:46)
• 9. Erasing the Truth (6:03)
• 10. Children, the Unbroken Bond (3:39)
• 11. End Credits (4:28)

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