When a book is adapted into a movie, the results can be mixed. The best of these films brings the novel to life while remaining true to the original content.
In 1992, an adaptation of the John Steinbeck novella Of Mice and Men hit theaters. Starring Gary Sinise and John Malkovich, the movie follows two nomadic ranch workers in California looking for work during The Great Depression. George Milton (Sinise) is the brains of the outfit. Lennie Small (Malkovich) has a good heart, but he is not the brightest bulb in the box.
Directed by Sinise, this is one of the best book to film adaptations I have ever seen. It holds up to the source material while entertaining the movie-going audience.
There is no stronger love than a mother for her child.
In the 2004 movie, The Forgotten, Telly (Julianne Moore) believes that her son died in a plane accident. She wakes up some months later to find that the only evidence of her son’s life is her memories. It is as if she never had any children. Her husband, Jim (Anthony Edwards) and her psychiatrist, Dr. Munce (Gary Sinise) start to believe that Telly is seeing things.
The only person who believes Telly is Ash (Dominic West), after Telly convinces him that he had a daughter who he doesn’t remember. Telly and Ash must find a way to prove that their children existed and fight against the forces that are wiping away their memories.
Within the mashup of the Science Fiction/Mystery genre, it’s not a bad film. What I remember liking about this film and what held my interest as an audience member is that Telly is so convinced that she had a son, that she goes nearly to the ends of the earth to provide that he existed.