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A woman scorned is a woman…evil? We all have that crazy ex that’s sometimes a little hard to keep away than normal, but what happens when you take that concept and multiply it by an astronomical number? You get Unforgettable, a film that sometimes takes things farther than what’s normally typical, but in some extremely rare cases, you might start dating someone that begins to show signs of possessiveness and craziness. That’s ultimately what this film is, but let’s get further into the story.
When one woman declares to the world that she is getting to the man of her dreams, his ex-wife (the mother of his child), lets jealousy consume her, and not being able to control the situation she is in makes her even more violent and threatening. Naturally speaking, she is a very controlling, possessive, and manipulative woman – which all comes together in this film as she attempts to get the woman out of her ex-husband’s life for good.
I wasn’t sure what I was expecting with this, having never really heard about it until recently. The plot alone isn’t really all that original when it comes down to it, which really leaves them needed to pull weight in other aspects of the film, like performance. Tell you what, this is a weird role for Katherine Heigl, a very strange role indeed. That being said, she did a really good job at making the audience hate her. I’m not even sure if it’s a love-to-hate relationship. She’s just one evil woman that I feel nearly puts some of the women in Game of Thrones to shame…okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but to be honest, the things that actually happen in this film are exaggerated as well. I mean, you’ve all heard about crazy women, but this just takes it to a whole new level. I don’t want to spoil you on how that is, it’s just a movie you have to see for yourself in regards to that.
This is all just first impressions, of course. Let’s go ahead and break down Unforgettable and interpret the stars.
PEOPLE SCORE – 5/10
Acting – 1|Characters – 1|Casting – 1|Importance – 1|Chemistry – 1
Now, here’s a category that’s literally split down the line. When I review films, I rate each subcategory between 0 and 2 stars. 0 means specifically bad, 2 means specifically good, 1 just means it was neither/nor. It was typical, it was what it needed to be to further the film, which is exactly what you find here. Each subcategory got half points. From the acting which never tries to showcase any range, to the characters that don’t really have any special qualities to be remembered by, to the casting which is okay – but anyone could’ve filled the roles. To the importance, which really, the only important characters are the two female leads. The husband is a complete buffoon and the daughter’s just an innocent victim in the mess. Finally, nobody really has chemistry. I don’t even understand how this nice guy dated this psychotic bimbo in the first place. Oy vey. Oy vey is appropriate here.
WRITING SCORE – 4/10
Dialogue – 1|Balanced – 2|Story – 0|Originality – 0|Interesting – 1
We can’t even get a score split down the line for writing, which received only four out of ten possible stars. I don’t think I have to tell you, but that’s no good. Nothing about the dialogue really stands out. If anything it’s over-the-top from Heigl’s side. I will actually say that the film follows a pretty basic pace, so it’s at least rather balanced. That being said, the story isn’t meaningful. If they wanted it to be meaningful, they would’ve added actual domestic abuse towards the man from the woman, as that is often an overlooked but important theme. Like I said, it’s not exactly original, we’ve seen this type of film numerous times in the past. Do I consider it interesting? To a degree, I would say it’s certainly interesting, but not enough.
BTS SCORE – 6/10
Visuals – 1|Directing – 1|Editing – 1|Advertisement – 2|Music – 1
I’ve been getting this exact score from the subcategories quite a bit lately, and that’s just because for some reason or another, nobody is really putting a lot of effort into these elements. This is a thriller film, you can easily benefit from the visuals, which nothing really stands out at all. You can really benefit from of both the directing and editing since that’s where you get creeping shots that put you on the edge of your seat and crazy but smooth editing to drive you mad…nope. It’s as advertised, which is fine, and the music is just as typical and forgettable as most films these days.
NARRATIVE ARC SCORE – 8/10
Introduction – 2|Inciting Incident – 1|Obstacles – 2|Climax – 2|Falling Action – 1
Thankfully, we have the narrative arc category to take some of the pressure off. This category is often the easiest category to score high in, but you never know with some films. The introduction did a really nice job introducing us to everyone, mostly the two lead women, the soon-to-be-husband, and the daughter. The inciting incident is probably when Heigl’s character learns her ex-husband is getting married again, as that sort of sets her off, but there is always going back for her character. The obstacles come down to the war between the two women, mostly. The climax is when everything comes together in the end, and the falling action is almost perfect. There’s almost a new norm and then there isn’t. So, there’s that.
ENTERTAINMENT SCORE – 4/10
Rewatchability – 0|Fun – 2|Impulse/Buy – 0|Impulse/Talk – 0|Sucks you in – 2
This is where things are interesting. The film was clearly made with entertainment in mind. That’s why I have full points designated to both the level of fun it is while watching it as well as how much the film sucks you in. I don’t think you’ll really have a problem while watching the film considering the movie entertaining. That being said, once you’re done with the movie, you’ll realize that the level of entertainment was pretty much exclusive to when you’re watching it. Afterward, you’ll never really have an urge to ever watch it again or to buy or even own it, or heck, to even talk about it. You won’t want to. You’ll have fun watching it and it’ll suck you in, but that’s as far as it gets in the end.
TOTAL SPECIALTY – 35/50
Drama – 5|Thriller – 10|Rosario Dawson – 5|Katherine Heigl – 5|Halfway Decent – 10
Now, we’re onto the specialty categories that I wrote down before seeing the film. Most of them have to do with the genres of the film and the two female leads, as we’ve seen them in plenty of other films at this point. So, this is listed under drama and thriller. How was the drama aspect? I would say this is pretty much a thriller from the get-go, so while I give thriller full points, I’m only really giving drama half points because you don’t really sense drama in the traditional sense of the word. You sense ex-drama, though. As for the two leads, how well does this do on their filmographies? I gave both actresses half points because I truly believe both of them have done far better films in the past, but they do okay here. Finally, was it halfway decent? I don’t know why not. It’s entertaining enough and thrilling. Yes, it is halfway decent.