Thursday, January 21, 2010

Orphan


Creepy kid movies seem to be very popular these days. As if The Omen wasn't scary enough. To add to the long list of horror's about evil kids is Orphan (2009). Let me tell you, that orphan is one terrifying kid.
Kate (the lovely Vera Farmiga) and John (Peter Sarsgaard) are a married couple who have recently dealt with the loss of their daughter, who was still-born They decide to adopt an older girl to add to their family of two. This is where Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman) comes in. Esther is perfect on the outside-she paints like a professional, and is extremely intelligent for her 9 years; however, Esther has come from a Russian family who died tragically in a house fire, in which Esther barely escaped. As Esther is welcomed into her new home, she starts quietly tormenting Kate's emotions, which leads to some horrific consequences.
My goodness, Esther is creepy, and extremely disturbed.
Everything about this movie sucks you in: the constant thrills, Esther, the terrific performances from Farmiga and Sarsgaard, the clever reinvention of the horror genre. One thing that bugged me was the use of 'scary music' when nothing scary was going to happen. The director, Jaume Collet-Serra, used this a few more times then was needed. Should you see it? If you love horrors, it's a must. As the tag-line suggests, there is something wrong with Esther.
8/10

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