Bless the Child (2000) Horror Movie Review
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Director Chuck Russell (The Scorpion King, Eraser, The Mask) did a good job directing this thriller horror movie but The Mask was the best movie to be directed by him. Bless the Child (2000) contains violence, bad language, gore, religion, Satan worshipping, kids being murdered, cults and suspense. I do not recommend this movie to people who do not like to see kids being sacrificed in rituals and might be offended by reference to the Christian religion and Satan.
The movie is about good versus evil, God vs. the Devil, demonic creatures, angels, what prayer can do and how the faith of a child can help us resist Satan. Maggie O’Connor (Kim Basinger - Batman (1989), 8 Mile, Cellular) was a workaholic at a New York hospital until her sister Jenna O’Connor (Angela Bettis - Carrie (2002), Toolbox Murders, May) abandoned her newborn autistic baby girl Cody. Maggie took care of her niece and treated her as the daughter she never had. Maggie adores Cody and saw that Cody has special powers that can move things around and heal people. Jenna is engaged to cult leader Eric Stark (Rufus Sewell - Dark City, A Knight’s Tale, The Holiday) but thinks he is a famous author who loves kids. He persuaded sober and clean Jenna to go and take back her daughter who is now seven years old. Eric wants to use Cody’s power to summon the Devil because her powers can be used to save or destroy mankind. Jenna and Eric kidnapped Cody after Maggie refuses to give her over to them.
John Travis (Jimmy Smits - Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, NYPD Blue) is an FBI agent who specializes in crimes related to occults and ritual homicide. Cody O’Connor (Holliston Coleman - Dinner with Friends, Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch, Miss Lettie and Me) disappearance interest John after he discovers that Cody shares the same birth date as other missing kids. The other missing kids were used in satanic ritual and found dead with burnt symbols on their bodies. John and Maggie would do anything to get back Cody and watch the movie to see what they did.
The ending of the movie was awesome but a shocker as well because it was not family oriented anymore. The actors were on point and did a great job with their roles.
Omens and concepts of good vs. evil have no place in Maggie O'Connor's well-ordered, practical universe. Her life revolves around her job as a nurse at a busy New York hospital, until one rainy night, her sister Jenna abandons her newborn, autistic daughter at her home. Maggie takes the baby in, and she becomes the daughter she never had. Six years later Jenna suddenly re-appears with a mysterious new husband, Eric, and abducts Cody. Despite the fact that Maggie has no legal rights to Cody, FBI agent John Travis, an expert in ritual homicide and occult-related crime, takes up her cause when he realizes that Cody shares the same birth date as several other recently missing children. The little girl, it soon becomes clear, is more than simply "special." She manifests extraordinary powers that the forces of evil have waited centuries to control, and her abduction sparks a clash between the soldiers of good and evil that can only be resolved, in the end, by the strength of one small child and the love she inspires in those she touches.
About Bless the Child (2000)
Starring: Boris Kodjoe, Alan Van Sprang, Vanessa Williams, Steve Cumyn, Hamish McEwan, Andrea Lewis, Terence Mathews, Aaron Meeks, Nicole Ari Parker, Malinda Williams, Greg Ellwand, Shary Guthrie, Corwin Hall, Nicole Hardy, Dave Hollister, Tamara Hope, Taylor Love, Isys McKoy, Debbi Morgan, Troy Seivwright-Adams, Gloria Slade, Rockmond Dunbar, Mung-Ling Tsui, Darrin Dewitt Henson
Runtime: 107 minutes
Director: Ken Girotti
MPAA Rating: R
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