Tommy is dropped off to stay with his father. His father is squatting in an old abandoned apartment building and late at night Tommy starts hearing strange noises from the next door apartment - an apartment that is completely boarded shut. Tommy befriends a girl and she is the only one who believes him.
This is the directorial debut by Oliver Frampton, who has mostly been involved with TV shows previously. Making a supernatural movie right off the bat can be a blessing and a curse - there are a lot of simple things you can do with simple means. Everything from knockings to shadows can scare the shit out of you if it is done right. You might also be too eager and give the viewer just too much. Oliver Frampton's "The Forgotten" is not a movie that will scare you to death, but it takes its time to build up a wonderful story.
The mother of 14 year old Tommy drops him off to live with his father, a man who has seen better days. He squats in an abandoned apartment building, and Tommy is starting to realize that something strange has happened in the next door apartment. He hears noises from the room on the other side of his wall. When his father doesn't believe him, Tommy seeks a friend in Carmen who helped him when other kids were bullying him. She listens to Tommy and one night they decide to look into it.
There isn't much exciting that I can give away about "The Forgotten", because it has a typical setup but the movie is 100% built on its story. I was hooked to find out what was going on in the next door apartment and how Tommy and his father come into it. There is a slow build up but it is never boring. Oliver Frampton and James Hall have put together a script that really translates well to the screen because Frampton keeps it subtle and real, with little to no effects.
The characters are probably more important in the movie than the supernatural things that are going on. Everything ties together, and no one is left out in the bigger picture. The entire cast does a great job, but the three that you really have to give credit to are Clem Tibber as Tommy, Shaun Dingwall as the father and Elarica Gallacher as Carmen. The characters is what makes this feel like it is based in reality and what makes us care. We even care about the father, Mark, who is often an unsympathetic character, but who is completely relatable. Everything bad that Mark does is somehow justified - or at the very least understandable the more we find out about the family.
"The Forgotten" is a great supernatural drama/thriller. While not scary, it is absolutely intense. It has a distinct British vibe to it which to me often means people and locations that feel more grounded. It lacks a bit in originality and there are some predictable moments, but none of it matter because while the movie has several reveals it doesn't change the fact that the story and characters are great. I'd highly recommend this movie to anyone who likes subtle supernatural horrors or independent films from the UK.