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Unforgettable

Unforgettable

Released 21 April 2017
Director Denise Di Novi
Starring





Rosario Dawson, Katherine Heigl, Geoff Stults, Cheryl Ladd, Sarah Burns, Whitney Cummings, Simon Kassianides, Isabella Kai Rice, Robert Ray Wisdom
Writer(s) Christina Hodson
Producer(s)

Denise Di Novi, Alison Greenspan, Ravi Mehta
Origin United States
Running Time 100 minutes
Genre Drama, thriller
Rating 15A
40

Crazy in love.

You’re asking for trouble when you decide to call your film Unforgettable. So let’s get that one out of the way quickly – Unforgettable is anything but unforgettable. This is a throwback to the erotic thrillers of the ‘80s and ‘90s that forgot to put in any eroticism or thrills; a film that is equally as sexist to its male characters as it is to its female, that employs horribly old fashioned clichés about mental illness and that manages to make you feel vaguely sorry for not one but two violent sociopaths.

The film begins as successful web editor Julia (Rosario Dawson) leaves her job in San Francisco to start a new life in Southern California with fiancé David (Geoff Stults). Her best friend and co-worker Ali (Whitney Cummings), questions her decision but ultimately agrees that an impressive engagement ring is sufficient reason to toss one’s career aside for a man (yes, that conversation really happens). Down in Southern California, Julia is introduced to David’s daughter Lily (Isabella Kai Rice) and ex-wife Tessa (Katherine Heigl). Tessa is an immaculately turned out Stepford Wife with a nice line in passive aggression. This becomes rather less passive as time goes on and Tessa begins to go to extreme lengths to get her family back and put Julia permanently out of the picture.

It’s hard to believe that anyone could approach this project without their tongue wedged firmly in their cheek, yet director Denise Di Novi and writer David Johnson seem to be taking it all a little too seriously. The pair attempt to tackle the issue of domestic abuse via Julia’s relationship with her violent ex but within the context of a broad, ultimately silly thriller, this is just plain wrong. The pacing, which should be snappy, feels consistently leaden and the choice to begin the film by jumping forwards in time only serves to dispel the potential for a gasp-worthy twist (the life-blood of any self-respecting erotic thriller). The acting meanwhile is a strange mixture of earnest (Dawson), icy (Heigl) and comatose (Stults). The only person that appears to be having any fun is Cheryl Ladd as Tessa’s domineering mother.

So yes, Unforgettable is inevitably forgettable; a timid revamp of a genre that takes itself far too seriously for its own good.

- Linda O’Brien