A young woman fights the spirit that is slowly taking possession of her.
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To quote a fellow movie critic - Be afraid of The Unborn because it sucks.
The trailer of the movie was indeed promising, although judging by the release date... we should have known better. All of us poor suckers that sat for 90 minutes, forced to watch with horror. No, not horror born from fear, but horror born from boredom that eats at your pride until you feel like killing yourself - all that not even half way into the movie.
I went to see The Unborn because it seemed promising. David Goyer gave us Blade (all three parts of it) and was partly responsible for The Dark Knight's brilliance but with The Unborn? He did an awful job. And I hope he knows it, because everybody who's seen the movie so far sure does.
While fighting desperately for my above mentioned pride and rolling my eyes at the half naked lead, I couldn't help but wonder - who's crazier? Me for sitting stoically while yet another "horror" movie falls apart in front of my eyes or actors such as Gary Oldman and Carla Gugino for actually agreeing to contribute to the lameness that The Unborn is. Those usually good actors don't manage to make the movie more than it is - a third (yes, third, not even second) rate pretend-scary movie with more than unimpressive basic idea.
First let's discuss the lead. Odette Yustman, known from Cloverfield, is Jessica Alba and Megan Fox morphed into one. And while that combination makes her oh so tall, skinny and cute, she can't act if her life depended on it. Throughout the entire movie, I had to force myself, again and again, to try and care for the main character Casey but to no avail. Yustman is a bad bad actress and without a doubt the second biggest reason for the movie's failure. In the sad scenes, she cried a little; in the "scary" ones she screamed, both of which she did horribly. Casey is supposed to be going through something truly terrible yet her best friend Romy (Meagan Good) looks far more convincing in the couple of scenes she can before she gets killed off. Bravo, Mr. Goyer, the only talented young actor of the cast had to die first - truly something that will help for The Unborn to be remembered.
For all the horror fans out there - if you decide to see The Unborn, you will be watching something you've already seen. Even though you may not decide exactly from where but every "frightening" idea in the movie originated in another movie. The twins idea reminds of Constantine, the creepy kid is something between The Omen and Silent Hill (wait, there are too creepy kids, so just have your pick), the bugs and the not so creepy but very boring lines such as "Jumby wants to be born now" are like quoting of The Shining. The little demon might as well have been saying "Here's Jumby!" every time he appeared on screen. At least then the audience would have been laughing at the good memories, instead of the awfulness of The Unscary.
I had nightmares after watching The Unborn. In the morning I couldn't quite decide why that was. I had had no trouble going to sleep because the movie hadn't managed to scare me more than once, if that, but then I realized that the whole idea was scary. It's horrifying how someone could get ideas from good horror movies and turn them into one extremely bad pretend-horror. There's terror in the thought that there might be a sequel to this movie, not just because Hollywood has a tradition of making sequels for sucky movies (such as Jeepers Creepers and The Hills Have Eyes) but also because it left an opening ending. Thanks to that final promising scene I'll probably have nightmares for another week but when the sequel comes out - I will be ready. I'll warn my friends and give out links to this review because no self respecting movie fan deserves to sit through a movie that is so lame it makes you want to cry. Or laugh. Some people in the audience did both and that is exactly how desperate you can get if you ignore the warning below.
The Unborn? Skip it.
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The Unborn (14) * *
By ROBERT WALDMAN
Rumour has it that The Unborn may have been a film put on the shelf for a while. Fret not if this occurred or donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t despair how some high-brow critics have razzed this Universal Pictures film. Attach the names of Batman writer David S. Goyer and master director Michael Bay to any project and odds are good it will be at the very least entertaining. Take your seats at Tinseltown (on Pender, free parking), Empire Studio 12, Colossus and Famous Players Silver City cites to witness this tale of danger, deceit and the unnatural.
Some folks complain if they see too much in a trailer. Sneak looks at a film can give more away than whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s warranted, leaving paid customers with that unsettled feeling. This is not necessarily the case with The Unborn, a neat little horror guilty pleasure with a pretty interesting storyline and competent actors.
Fresh off her smashing display in Cloverfield comes along Odette Yustman. Here Ms. Yustman stars as Casey Beldon, a seemingly normal girl who gets by with a loving dad and that extra money she makes babysitting. Together she goes to school at a college with boy pal Mark Hardigan, a resident hunk, while confiding with best friend Romy on a host off issues.
Not all is well with Casey. From out of nowhere she begins to see things. Strange things happen that somehow relate to a little boy and some horrors out of the Beldon past. Director Goyer takes us on a trip down memory lane as apparently BeldonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s past shoulders the blame for some sinister evil that now wants to take root.
Smart use of some of historyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most gruesome secrets may hold the key to BeldonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s future as a God-awful form of evil starts taking hold, first attacking all those whom this young woman loves before latching onto her. Time continues to tick away as this poor girl faces a date with the devil in this effective nail-biter that does work on a rather primitive level.
Odette Yustman is perfect for the part of this sexy girl terrified by unknown forces with Meagan Good (One Missed Call) making a solid friend in need. Veteran actors Jane Alexander (Glory) and Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight) lend credibility to this story of dark evil, ancient biblical rituals and a woman in sure panic mode.
Expect 88 minutes of dark-tinged entertainment showing how far one will go to remain alive and stave off an ever present form of evil definitely up to no good.
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