Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Case of 39ers

Creepy children syndrome is up and well with this movie. Seeing the trailer it got onto my 'I'll get around to it sometime' list, and that time is now.

Lillith (get it SUBTLE MUCH???) is the creepy kid in this case, and case worker Emily saves her from her crazy family... only to find that crazy wasn't in the family, but the kid. As people start dropping around them, Emily begins to get the idea that Lillith ain't right, and then it becomes a matter of trying to survive and deal with the little menace... the little menace that has power to control perception and change weather and stuff... really? That isn't an entirely one-sided battle?

Narrative convention ruins the end of this movie, so you can probably guess what happens. Not even a last second 'but wait' shot! Rubbish! The big point comes when Emily makes her 'Disbelieve the Illusion' roll, but that's it? That's all that's needed? Bah!

Renee Zellweger is is full on chipmonk mode here, and so has trouble being believably scared. Jodelle Ferland is the creepy girl... and is she getting typecast as such? Ian McShane, Bradley Cooper and Callum Keith Rennie all turn in decent performances.

Another entry in the 'creepy kid' genre... but not really standing out in it.


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