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Not Forgotten (2009)

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In a Tex-Mex border town, a man and his wife must face their tortured pasts in order to save their kidnapped daughter.

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Dror Soref
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Baker ... Jack Bishop
Paz Vega ... Amaya
Michael DeLorenzo ... Casper Navarro
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Toby Bishop
Ken Davitian ... Father Salinas
Claire Forlani ... Katie
Gedde Watanabe ... Agent Nakamura
Mark Rolston ... Agent Wilson
Melinda Page Hamilton ... Deputy Mindy
Benito Martinez ... Detective Sanchez
Virginia Pereira Virginia Pereira ... Karen
Daniel Escobar Daniel Escobar ... Hector
Tomas Sanchez ... Crowd Man #1
Zahn McClarnon ... Calvo
Lorri Oliver ... Mary Alice
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Set in a Tex-Mex border town, Not Forgotten is a classic psychological thriller about Jack and Amaya Bishop, a couple who must come to terms with their tortured pasts in order to save their kidnapped daughter. It is a tale taut with intrigue and steeped in Latino mysticism, where the line between what's real and what's imagined becomes hopelessly blurred. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Conquer him who is conquering me.

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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, sexual content/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agios thanatos See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,468, 17 May 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$53,723, 12 June 2009
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(European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Paz Vega replaced Jordana Brewster at the last minute. See more »

Quotes

Toby Bishop: In Del Rio Texas, Saturdays were all about soccer. Fresh cut oranges, screaming parents, cheesy uniforms, teamwork and winning. I used to live for those games, and then one day I just stopped caring.
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Esto Es Guerra
Performed by Proyecto TQ
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Better Than Any Weird Al Music Video
5 November 2009 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Jack Bishop (Simon Baker, "Land of the Dead") is your typical American. A beautiful wife and daughter, nice home, coach of the soccer team. But things go horribly awry one day when his daughter Toby (young horror veteran Chloe Moretz) goes missing... has she been brought across the border to become a prostitute? Or is she the victim of a known sex offender? Jack will stop at nothing to find out, even if he must reveal his own secret past.

I had little familiarity with the people who made this film, beyond Chloe Moretz, who has been the girl in more or less ever horror film for five years -- and I'm not complaining. Paz Vega played a strong lead, although the rumor is she replaced Jordana Brewster, a friend of Killer Reviews. With all due respect to Brewster, I think Vega was the right casting choice -- she had the elegance, the versatility and the pluck to be the multi-faceted character she needed to be. Rounding out the notable cast is Claire Forlani ("Mallrats"), with a far too small role as the prostitute Katie.

Simon Baker, who was not known to be (I have not seen TV's "The Mentalist"), was a commanding lead in every sense of the word. A devoted father, mysterious possible suspect, heroic ex-thug. I felt he was a natural for every position he was put into. As the plot twists and turns (which is really another strength of this film -- I had to keep guessing) he is able to roll with it and make every thing believable.

Horror fans will enjoy this film, though it's not horror in any strict sense. It's a dark mystery thriller, with a cult, some epic violence -- one of the most brutal beatings I have ever seen on film -- and some creepy imagery. I was visually seduced. There's also some decent action and suspense... not too much romance (sorry, ladies) and a spattering of humor, but only just the bare minimum, keeping the film tense and taut.

I found the film to have an interesting social and political commentary, though I don't feel it was intentional. Over the last several years, there have been a few horror films with a Mexican flavor, such as "All Soul's Day" and "The Dead One". By and large, these were failures. "Not Forgotten" has a strong American/Mexican theme, with border crossings and international crime being a key undercurrent. How accurate these are, I do not know -- I live in Wisconsin where we see more Canadians than Mexicans. But the way the border was portrayed struck me as fascinating and believable, as well as timely in a culture where fear of immigrants comes to a head again and again. This film portrayed Mexicans as both heroes and as ruthless killers, not stereotyping them one way or another, and I found that to be very honest.

"Not Forgotten" is a straight-to-DVD release, but don't let that fool you into thinking it's less than great. Even with my sporadically short attention span (I often require friends and/or booze to get through a film in one sitting) I could not remove my eyes from this movie. A pure win from beginning to the amazing twist at the end. Could a prequel or sequel be in the works?


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