Forgotten is a rare type of production that manages to increase our curiosity as its plot progresses. It’s an intriguing and powerful family situation, a very well-written and accomplished thriller that delivers exactly what it promises: attaching the viewer to the chair for a couple of hours, increasing the anguish until it almost suffocates (watch here).
The one responsible for this is Jang Hang-jun, director and scriptwriter of Forgotten. Being a former actor, he knows what a good script is made of and has learned a lot from the directors he worked with. Therefore, he used all the earned experience to create a thought-provoking, interesting work that at no time abuses the intelligence of the public.
Being full of plot twists, revealing anything more from Forgotten would spoil the experience as a whole. By always maintaining the tone of suspense that permeates the narrative, the film never leaves a loose end, and every moment gives a new revelation that completely changes the way we understand the story. Things like this are hard to come by, and there was a great deal of competence from director/writer Jang Hang-jun in keeping the pieces of this jigsaw puzzle together, so that when we finally figure out what’s going on, it’s too late.
The biggest insight of Forgotten is to confuse rather than explain. The further we go into the mystery of the abduction suffered by Yoo-Seok, the less we understand. This scheme of giving more questions than answers turns the film into a gigantic thriller, this holds our attention to the point where we don’t want to stop until we see how this end.
And we can guarantee, it’s shocking. Forgotten, therefore, is a very successful example of a suspenseful movie. It often reminds the classic “Oldboy”, both by narrative and by its surprising third act. For those who like this genre, this is a sure bet.
Synopsis 1: It all began that tragic night. Sounds only he hears. Nightmares that seem to real. Doubts about his own memories.
Synopsis 2: When his abducted brother returns seemingly a different man with no memory of the past 19 days, Jin-seok chases after the truth behind the kidnapping.
Age rating: 16;