A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A person can forget memorable events if they are extremely traumatic.
Positive Role Models
A seemingly good man may have done something terrible in his past when he was under terrible pressure. Another seemingly good man appears to have had a similar experience.
Violence & Scariness
A man is beaten up and kidnapped. Flashbacks show someone being tortured. A bloody murder scene is shown. A family is devastated by a terrible car crash. Other cars crash and cause injury. A man is hit by a truck. A man commits suicide by lethal injection.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A former prostitute plays a role in catching a criminal.
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"F--k," "s--t," "bastard," "pr--k," and "bitch."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A man takes medication for anxiety. A man commits suicide by lethal injection. Adults smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Forgotten is a South Korean psychological thriller/sci-fi/ horror/murder mystery. That may sound confusing, but it covers all the genres that play a part in this frequently scary and violent film. Shifting points of view and changing information alter the audiences' understanding of who is a good guy and who is bad, and kidnapping, murder, suicide, and torture are all seen and described. Adults smoke cigarettes and curse regularly, using language including "f--k," "s--t," "bastard," "pr--k," and "bitch." The film is in Korean with well-written English subtitles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This thriller gets off to a galloping start and could easily become a cult classic. Director Jang Hang-jun switches genres and moods effortlessly, twisting the plot back and forth in time, moving from believability to disbelief-suspending with a steady hand. Even when Forgotten feels as if the latest turn seems incredible and the story may be losing its through-line, Jang Hang-jun snaps the narrative back onto his carefully drawn map dictating the bizarre journey this movie is built to take us on. For example, given the sloppiness of a barely planned murder, it seems inconceivable that the crime goes unsolved for decades. So, yes, there are shaky plot points, but the heart and empathy this movie is ultimately based on emerges at the end even if "happily ever after" cannot be achieved. Kids and younger teens will almost certainly be frightened by chases, torture, and bloody murder scenes.
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