Directed by Joseph Ruben, starring Julianne Moore, Christopher Kovaleski, Matthew Pleszewicz, Anthony Edwards, Dominic West, Gary Sinise, Jessica Hecht and Alfre Woodward.

Laughable and cringe-worthy through its directness, there are precious few redeeming features in 'The Forgotten'.

Telly Parada (Moore) is unable to lead a normal life following the death of her nine-year-old son Sam (Kovaleski), who was killed in a plane crash. On regular trips to her psychiatrist, Dr Munce (Sinise), Telly relives all her stored up memories of her son, explaining how she visits his room in tears every day, just to say his name aloud.

But then we meet Telly's long-suffering husband Jim (Edwards), a nice man trying his best to be patient. Tough-going on them both, you think - until you realise that Jim has no recollection of the couple ever having had a son. And then you twig that poor Telly has lost her mind. If only.

Arrested for trashing a complete stranger's house and then taken into the custody of the FBI, fleeing is Telly's only option. She finds a partner in crime in alcoholic ex-basketball player Ash Correll (West), whose daughter Lauren she believes was also killed in the crash. But what has stirred FBI interest in her case if she is just a  mentally disturbed woman lingering after a memory of her dead son?

And then sanity really goes out the window as we get a sketchy picture of how the children mourned have been 'taken'. And it gets better. We actually get to witness one of these 'snatches' as helpful Detective Anne Pope (Woodard) gets whipped into the sky right before our eyes.

In this tornado of the supernatural you'll find yourself rolling around the aisles with laughter, such is the level of off-the-scale ridiculous activity that unfolds. It'll strike you again and again how much better than this Julianne Moore is. A bewildered 'why?' is the only question that remains.

The opportunity for clichéd put-downs provided by the title makes it all too easy, but suffice to say it was an apt prediction. To talk about it any further would be an injustice.

Linda McGee