The Forgotten

Telly Paretta's son Sam dies in a plane crash. The movie takes place 14 months after this has happened. Telly is having grief counselling, but suddenly, her psychologist tells her that Sam was just a figment of her imagination. She tries to prove that he existed but all photos and videos of him are gone. She meets Ash Correll, who had a daughter who died in the same plane crash. He can't remember his daughter, Lauren. Telly goes into his office and rips back the wallpaper revealing Lauren's room. Telly manages to remind Ash about Lauren and then they realise that their kids aren't dead. They find out that aliens are conducting an experiment on them to find out about mother-child bonding and whether it is possible for a parent to forget a child. Ash and Telly go on a quest to find their kids, and, along the way, Telly finds out that her husband has forgotten her.

Continuity mistake: When the alien screams in the warehouse and the glass breaks, immediately after it shows a closeup of his face and the glass is still intact.

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Trivia: During most of the movie, Telly's eyes are extremely red from no sleep. When the President of Quest Air is "forgotten", Telly's eyes are suddenly and symbolically clear.

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Question: Could someone please explain the ending to me. Telly passed the test by not forgetting and ended up in the park. So, did she go back in time? If she did go back in time, are we to assume the events of the the film never took place (i.e. the female cop dying)? Also, were the government agents helping the beings? Were they aliens or something else? Any information on this would be appreciated.

Answer: Okay first of all, Telly didn't pass any test. The whole thing was an experiment in testing the strength of the parent/child bond. Second, no she did not travel back in time, she simply traveled back to her neighborhood, where everything was as it would have been, had the children never been abducted. Lastly, no the government agents were not aliens, and they weren't exactly helping the beings either, but rather they were minimalizing the damage, as to not have a full on "Independence Day" invasion. Oh also, neither Alfre Woodard (the cop), Dominic West, or the governemnt agent, were killed, they were simply abducted.

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