Monday, August 10, 2009

Orphan, 2009

If you go into this movie looking for a true horror film, you will be sorely disappointed. If you go in thinking “thriller”, you’ll more then likely enjoy it. I didn’t really know what to expect and left thinking that it was a good movie that could have been great. Orphan stars Isabelle Fuhrman as 9 year-old Esther that has been adopted by a family who recently lost a baby. Fuhrman has mastered the Evil Kid role. She masterfully plays both evil and innocent in a role reminiscent of Patty McCormack’s Rhonda in The Bad Seed (1956).

Without spoiling the ending, I can say that this movie could have been one that left people talking for years. It could have gotten itself banned in several countries. It could have been a great fucking movie. The ending should have a crossed a line that would shock people and leave them shaking their heads as they left the theater. It seems director, Jaume Collet-Serra, decided to go for more money with bigger audiences rather then truly doing the film justice and making it The Cannibal Holocaust of Evil Kid movies that it could have been. Sadly, it falls into just another mediocre movie with too little blood in the vain of The Good Son (1993).

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