VOD Releases: We've Forgotten More Than We Know (2017) - Reviewed

We've Forgotten More Than We Know is a unique sci-fi film. First-time feature length director Thomas Woodrow has crafted something that is boldly original and beautiful, mixing a post apocalyptic setting with drama, mystery, and possible supernatural events. A man and a woman wander through the harsh winter wilderness, searching for other people that are still alive. When they come across two buildings, what seems like good fortune may actually be trouble after discovering a catatonic man in a pool. 

The mystery surrounding the disappearance of all of the people on this unknown alien planet is one of the major driving forces of the plot. When the building and the man in the pool are added to that, there are so many questions that we want to discover the answers to. It creates an engaging slow burn story that we are waiting to unfold. Other aspects that are dealt with involve relationships, being alone, and fantasizing about a better life. The man and the woman seem to have a decent relationship up until she learns about the man in the pool, then things get complicated. Sometimes with relationships, or life in general, we fantasize about another life or partner. It may not actually be better, but it seems that way since it's fresh and new. 

Woodrow not only did a fine job with the script, he also got the best out of his actors. A film with only three actors can be challenging to pull off, because one poor performance can kill the production. All three were superb. Aaron Stanford (12 Monkeys) plays the man and is compelling as he attempts to uncover the truth about the building. Louisa Krause (Billions) shows off her depth as her character changes throughout the movie. Doug Jones (Hellboy, The Shape of Water) plays the man in the pool and once again displays the masterful control he has of his body, giving a terrific performance devoid of dialogue. 

The cinematography from Shabier Kirchner was great, capturing the harshness and allure of the wilderness. The interior and exterior shots were darkly lit to emphasize the lack of electricity, using natural light, fire, and oil lamps. When there is electricity, the lighting appears to all come from the available lamps in the building. The score from Mark Korven is wonderful and haunting. It is an orchestral score that is also combined with music that is played by the characters during the movie. The music that they listen to is both enchanting and eerie. 

We've Forgotten More Than We Know admittedly isn't going to appeal to everyone. Some sci-fi fans may find it too slow and lacking sufficient action. But, for sci-fi fans searching for something unique and fresh with an interesting story, then this may be worth giving a chance. With a good story, fine cinematography and score, and an outstanding cast, this is a solid first feature for Woodrow. 

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