Unforgettable | Katherine Heigl and Rosario Dawson face off in a 'psycho Barbie' thriller

Unforgettable Katherine Heigl Rosario Dawson
(Image credit: Karen Ballard)

When love ends, madness begins.

One is dark and sensual, the other a tightly wound ice-queen blonde. Polar opposites Rosario Dawson and Katherine Heigl go head to head in the undeniably trashy, enjoyably overwrought psycho-stalker thriller Unforgettable, which comes across as a throwback to the late-1980s/early-90s era of Fatal Attraction (opens in new tab) and The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.

Dawson’s Julia is attempting to escape a troubled past, but as she adjusts to her new life with handsome fiancé David (Geoff Stults) and stepdaughter Lily (Isabella Rice), she finds herself incurring the pathological jealousy of David’s ex-wife Tessa (Heigl).

The over-the-top action that ensues is both wildly implausible and utterly predictable. Watched in the right mood, however, and the clash between Dawson’s sympathetic heroine and Heigl’s ‘psycho Barbie’ baddie delivers campy, guilty-pleasure fun. Despite the title, though, it’s not a movie that will linger in the memory.

Certificate 15. Runtime 100 mins. Director Denise Di Novi

Unforgettable available on DVD & Download from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFXIBL617yc

Jason Best

A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.