Review by Amanda Gilmore for Mr. Will Wong
The highlight of this Film is the two lead performances.
Unforgettable follows Julia (Rosario Dawson) who recently got out of a mentally and physically-abusive relationship. Now engaged to a new man, Julia is looking forward to starting her life over. Settling into this new life means becoming a stepmother and dealing with her fiancé’s ex, Tessa (Katherine Heigl). It seems like a small feat compared to Julia’s previous relationship. But Tessa’s jealousy consumes her when she finds out about her ex-husband’s new engagement. This leads Tessa to do everything she can to make Julia’s new life a living nightmare.
It has been to long since Heigl has been on the big screen. But that wait has paid off because she is insanely-good as Tessa. Heigl takes on the role of the psycho ex-wife without missing a beat. She never plays Tessa hyperbolic or eccentric even though Tessa is written that way. Instead, Heigl is completely in-control of Tessa and every movement is calculated. Resulting in a performance that is equally captivating and refreshing. Dawson is magnetic in a role that is multifaceted. Julia suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from her previous abusive relationship. Dawson has the ability to apply Julia’s previous experiences to how she is being treated by Tessa. She accomplishes this without words. Her actions speak volumes.
Where Unforgettable falls short is in the pacing of the script. Not much happens in the beginning causing the running time to feel longer than it is. Its a Film that succeeds because of the craziness that ensues. And it is when the psychotic behaviour begins that the story becomes entertaining. Yet, the extremities of Tessa’s behaviour lead to moments of the storyline becoming less believable.
Overall, Unforgettable has a story that becomes extravagant at times but makes up for it by concocting captivating lead performances from Heigl and Dawson.
Warner Bros. Pictures Canada release UNFORGETTABLE Friday, April 21, 2017.