Friday, April 21, 2017

Unforgettable Spoiler-Free Review

Unforgettable, 3.5 Stars out of 5, 4/21/17.
Unforgettably decent. Unforgettable opens with Julia (Rosario Dawson) in a police interrogation room where she’s accused of murder, and some pretty solid evidence is thrown at her. Rewind six months, and we see her at her farewell party, where her boss describes her new work-from-home-with-her-fiance arrangement as it is, and starts up the recurring phone-call relationship that comes into play later on. We then see Julia start her new life in Southern California, where she moves in with David (Geoff Stults), who shares custody of his daughter Lily (Isabella Rice) with his psychotic ex-wife Tessa (Katherine Heigl). The story then begins when Tessa starts destroying David and Julia’s relationship in an attempt to make everything perfect. At least for her. The plot uses up time, and isn’t painfully slow or fast, but has a few notable holes I’ll let you find on your own. Nothing hand of the writer (which rears its head), but certain details that would involve spoilers. In terms of characters, the main cast of Julia, David, Lily, and Tessa are relatable for the most part (with Tessa’s psychotic tendencies making her the least relatable of them). Julia and David are cohabitating before marriage, like more people today are, and Lily is living the life of a kid with divorced parents: splitting her time between parents, and seeing them occasionally interact on not-so-friendly terms. However, in her case, it gets deadly as most of the plot revolves around Tessa setting Julia’s abusive ex, Michael Vargas (Simon Kassianides) up to “reunite” with her, in a truly twisted manner. Julia, David, and Lily are shown as a modern family (in their case, a child with a parent and stepparent) haunted by crazy exes, but they felt like puppets who were just being manipulated by the director, for no other reason than to follow basic steps. While a few holes remain in the plot, they play with visuals in a really fun manner, like when Tessa breaks in to take Julia’s things and further her devious plot, they shoot it from first person, which adds to the mystery and is just a fun shake-up. It was also intensified by Toby Chu’s consistent and well-used soundtrack that really captured the freight of an abusive ex returning to haunt Julia and a psychotic ex-wife haunting David, who he only stays in contact with because of Lily. It was all serious with salty language, and nothing light or funny here. Then again, nothing light or funny in this movie either, because the movie was devoid of humor in any way or form, and I feel a few laughs would have made me care more for these characters, but I didn’t get even a chuckle out of any of them, except maybe when David made a toast at his bar’s opening, but again, they felt like puppets of the director. I think Rosario Dawson is great at acting, but she does what she can with what she gets: a decent thriller with a unique premise, but otherwise, unforgettably decent.

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