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Blu-ray Review: Unforgettable

August 1, 2017

By John Corrado

★★ (out of 4)

When Julia Banks (Rosario Dawson) moves out of the city and into the home of her new fiancé David (Geoff Stults), becoming a stepmother to his young daughter Lily (Isabella Kai Rice), things seem to finally be going well in her life.

But when David’s obsessive and possessive ex-wife Tessa Connover (Katherine Heigl) becomes dangerously jealous of Julia, not ready to let him go and objecting to him finding a new maternal role model for their daughter, she sets out to gaslight Julia and make her life a living hell.  This includes bringing back Julia’s own abusive ex (Simon Kassianides), who she fled from years earlier.

Borrowing heavilly from other sources like Fatal Attraction, Unforgettable is one of those thoroughly mediocre films that is neither terrible enough to be entertaining in a “so bad it’s good” sort of way, nor is it good enough to really be worth seeing on its own terms.  The whole thing is just painfully average from top to bottom, with a made for TV air about it all.

Rosario Dawson does do adequate work here, and Katherine Heigl seems to be revelling in her chance to rebrand herself and chew up the scenery as the icy ex gone evil, with the film allowing her to go as over the top as she wants in a wicked performance that is almost amusing to watch.  But at the end of the day, Unforgettable is nothing more than a campy and melodramatic thriller that might attract a few bored viewers when it comes on cable, but has none of the staying power that the title suggests.

The Blu-ray also includes commentary by director Denise Di Novi, the production featurette Reclaiming What’s Yours: Making Unforgettable, and a deleted scene.

Unforgettable is a Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release.  It’s 100 minutes and rated 14A.

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