‘Forget Me Not’ is a Bit Cliché but Entertains to a Degree (Review)
Written by: Matt Molgaard
Directed by: Tyler Oliver
Cast: Carly Schroeder, Cody Linley, Brie Gabrielle
Forget Me Not could easily be classified as a revenge slasher, though there’s more to the picture than that. There are ghostly apparitions floating about, scaring the breath from a bunch of naïve youngsters, and yes, those scares are indeed driven by the craving for revenge. Maybe a better question would be: can anyone survive a vengeful ghost with naughty designs.
The story is pretty much standard fare. We’ve all seen this unravel in the past. The familiar tropes you’ve come to expect are exercised in this production time and again. The personalities, for the most part are closer to cardboard cutouts. We know what they’re going to do. We know the pitfalls these guys are going to stumble into. In short, it’s a pretty damn predictable movie.
All that said, I didn’t dislike Forget Me Not. There are a few shining moments of digital effects and there’s a character or two that we can get behind. At the end of the day there are a small number of corners properly covered; it’s really the lack of originality that hinders the picture.
All in all, I can issue respect to the cast and crew, who all make admirable effort to deliver the best of what they’ve got. Sadly, there are some technical weaknesses that all the heart in the world can’t fix.
If you’re looking for brainless fun on a slow evening, you’ll likely respect the clean picture and a couple inspired performances here. Beware a few jump scares, because believe it or not they just might get you. That may not be the kind of scare I prefer, but I can tip my cap for some will-timed jolts.
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