Reviewed by: JoBlo
What's it about
Jack Bishop lives with his beautiful wife and young daughter in a town near the Mexican border. He coaches the soccer team and seems like a generally happy dude. But suddenly his daughter is abducted, and Jack goes on the search for the kidnappers, which digs up some interesting secrets from his past.
Is it good movie?
Simon Baker is cool in my books. I think he does a pretty good job of playing the smug genius type on THE MENTALIST, and Iíve enjoyed more of his work in the past. In NOT FORGOTTEN, heís given the Liam Neeson role in TAKEN. Except, instead of a kidnapping and prostitution ring, here we have a creepy religion (cult?) called the Santa Muerte. And also, instead of the brisk pace of TAKEN, NOT FORGOTTEN offers a pretty dreary and slow lark through the Mexican underground. Then toward the end it lays on a few rather silly twists that didnít really blow my mind, but at least piqued my interest.
There are more similarities to TAKEN than just the kidnapped daughter element. Turns out quiet dad Jack was once a hitman working for the Mexican underground (this is a turn in the story that happens early on). So, he knows a thing or two about how to get information and find certain people. The quest leads him to some grungy places as he tracks down the Santa Muerte (who ironically once ďprotectedĒ him when he was working as a hitman) and his daughter.
Simon Baker is solid in the role. Heís asked to go from nerdy to very serious and capable, and he does it well. However, thereís not much satisfaction in his drawn-out hunt for revenge, because the pace is too laborious and the tone is too solemn. I liked seeing Liam Neeson kicking ass in TAKEN. Granted, NOT FORGOTTEN is not the same type of film Ė it has a little touch of supernatural, and itís more a drama about Jackís own demons. Despite Bakerís decent work though, thereís not much to be invested in. Paz Vega plays Jackís wife and Chloe Moretz plays his daughter, and Claire Forlani has a brief part as Jackís (supposedly) dead ex wife. The story, however, doesnít have much time for these characters and focuses on Jackís quest, which is not as compelling as they wanted it to be.
Director Dror Soref doesnít do anything too exciting within his frame but he is a competent storyteller. NOT FORGOTTEN is a bit of a lag, but it is somewhat buoyed by some interesting elements and Bakerís work in the lead role.
Video / Audio
Video 2.35:1 Widescreen Presentation
Audio Dolby Surround 5.1
Commentary with Director Dror Soref and Co-writer/Associate Producer Tomas Romero This is a solid track. Both participants have a lot to add to the conversation and getting additional information about the Santa Muertes, Mexican culture and the making of the film was interesting.
Not Forgotten: Behind the Scenes About a 7-minute making-of featurette narrated by Soref. Nothing you wonít miss.
The Theatrical Trailer.
NOT FORGOTTEN is easily forgotten. Itís a slowly-paced and slightly ludicrous film featuring a good performance from Simon Baker.