Orphan (2009) Thriller Movie Review
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A bad seed with a Russian accent, 9-year-old Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman) is a nasty little girl with a nasty little plan. Unfortunately, this malevolent tyke has landed in the home of adoptive parents Kate and John (Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard), an unsuspecting couple with two kids of their own and considerable grief over recent family tragedies. It doesn’t take long for Esther to make her creepy presence known, as broken limbs on the playground and torched tree houses can attest. Give this movie some credit—the psychological underpinnings are all set carefully in place: Maternal trauma? Check. Backyard pond as emotionally charged danger zone? Check. Feminist parable about husbands not listening to troubled wives? Check. The casting of reputable actors such as Farmiga and Sarsgaard also ups the movie’s class quotient; Farmiga in particular has an emotional workout, and this gifted actress strikes few false notes even as the scenario becomes increasingly lurid. (There’s some déjà vu here: Farmiga also played a mother realizing her kid was "not right" in Joshua, a much superior film.) Director Jaume Collet-Serra, of House of Wax notoriety, knows full well the unsettling weirdness of seeing a child commit murderous mayhem, and he presses all the buttons with something like unholy joy. The movie begins to drive off the rails even before a clumsy twist hits the fan near the end, and at that point, the mechanical exercise becomes downright silly. The Omen‘s Damien has nothing to worry about. —Robert Horton
Synopsis:A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a 9-year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be.
About Orphan 2009
Starring: CCH Pounder, Rosemary Dunsmore, Karel Roden, Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, Jimmy Bennett, Lorry Ayers, Brendan Wall, Genelle Williams, Mustafa Abdelkarim, Landon Norris, Julien Elia, Leni Parker, Gemma James Smith, Pia Ajango, Matthew Raudsepp, Sugith Varughese, Luis Olivia, Margo Martindale, Ferelith Young, Andrew Shaver, Aryana Engineer, Zack Kifell, Jamie Young
Runtime: 123 minutes
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
MPAA Rating: R
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