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Stars: Katherine Heigl (Tessa), Rosario Dawson (Julia), Geoff Stutts (David)

Directed by Denise Di Novi

WARNING: IF you are a victim of domestic violence, identity theft OR cyber stalking, this film may not be for you.

Julia is a successful Editor and a victim of domestic violence. She escapes her old life and moves to a new town and a new man. The relationship is complicated by the presence of his unbalanced and controlling ex-wife, Tessa, who is not happy about the relationship. She will stop at nothing to destroy Julia’s new found happiness. This film is rated R and opens on Friday, 21 April 2017.

The following is a commentary about the film based on the screening dated Wednesday, 19, 2017 at AMC Theatres.

What happens when a beautiful woman, a victim of domestic violence, meets and settles in with a balanced, well-adjusted and loving man? She encounters his equally unbalanced, cyber stalking, child abusing ex-wife.

Denise Di Novi is better known for producing than directing. Her films have included Focus with Will Smith, Danny Collins, with Al Pacino and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies with America Ferrera, Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn and Alexis Bledel. Unforgettable stars two of Hollywoods most talented actors, Katherine Heigl and Rosario Dawson.

Unforgettable, which is rated R for violence and brief nudity, should also have a warning label for Domestic Violence and Cyber stalking. These two troubling social issues permeates throughout the film.

We know Julia (Rosario Dawson) is a victim of domestic violence since the film starts in the present, but goes back six months to set up the storyline. Julia is constantly troubled by a man in her past whom she had to get a restraining order against. Julia leaves her old life behind to start over in a new town.

Julia’s fear of being discovered by her abuser is multiplied when Tessa (Katherine Heigl) steals Julia’s identity and uses it to communicate with the abuser. Julia is unaware of the deception or what is in store for her next. Tessa assumes Julia’s identity, even setting up a fake social media site using Julia’s information and photos hacked from her smartphone. Tessa draws the abuser closer to his victim with every communication she initiates pretending to be Julia.

The film does not bring any surprising revelation or closure. It provides very little information about Tessa’s strange behaviour, other than a sealed juvenile record. We also know very little about Julia’s abuser (Simon Kassianides).

The film wraps up in an ending that may be satisfactory, but unsettling. A bit of creepy irony sweeps over as the film comes to a close….whether you knew it was coming or not.

NUGGETS: Cheryl Ladd

INTERESTING: Katherine Heigl sports a new “Ivanka Trump” hairdo.


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