Verdict: High on Heigl, low on empathy.
Another movie in the series of thrillers centered around villainous and crazy women, Unforgettable follows the story of the seemingly perfect Tessa Conover (Katherine Heigl) in whose life and mental state cracks begin to show the moment her husband, David (Geoff Stults) gets his new girlfriend, Julia (Rosario Dawson) to come stay with him. Adding to the messy situation is their daughter, Lily, whose time has to be shared between her her father and Julia, and Tessa.
Katherine Heigl is the star of the show. She overshadows the others when she comes into the frame. It's far from her usual romantic comedies we've seen her in, but she does a commendable job playing a psycho ex – even though the motivation for her behavior seems to be little more than the proverbial 'an idle mind is the devil's workshop'. Tessa doesn't have much to do to pass the time except spending time with her daughter and creepily brushing her hair while looking in the mirror. It's no wonder she goes crazy and sees Julia as an intruder to her perfect little horseriding-as-a-hobby life. In this small town of Southern California that Tessa has made her home, she won't tolerate a foreign presence that is going to take away the life that she had hoped to have.
The two women are complete opposites, from their personalities to their hair. Julia is not quite the peppy, calm woman she projects herself to be either. She also has a dark secret in her past that keeps her from having the happy suburban life she wants. Julia is the chief editor of an online storytelling website in San Francisco and has chosen to work from home as she moves in with David, even though we don't see her working quite as much. David is not far behind in the fancy job ladder, being the owner of his very own craft brewery. It's running so successfully that a franchise is being opened and his job makes up the excuse for him being mostly absent except for being a very passionately loving husband. It's hard to feel bad for them as their lives start going downhill, even though you can understand where they're coming from.
Credits have to be given to Tessa for being modern and showing us the dangers of leaving your phone unattended, the technological equivalent of leaving your drink unattended at the bar. The plot is quite realistic and you can almost envision it happening to someone you might know. Even with its mentally unstable characters, it manages to be relatable, making Unforgettable all the more scary.
Unforgettable begins like a horror movie, complete with jump scares and shadows, but it also shows you the tense relationship developing between the two women. It is entirely carried by the female actors, including the daughter played by Isabella Rice. The fast pace of the movie doesn't let up until the end. There are many twists and turns that will keep you interested in knowing just how far the craziness can possibly go.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
If you're a fan of the recent rise in crazy-women-genre of thrillers like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, Unforgettable is worth the watch. With intense tension and being high up on the scare factor, it is a thrilling ride.