Jumat, 09 Januari 2009

The Unborn Review

Demonic possession, white panties and a rabbi. 'Nuff said.
by Jim Vejvoda

January 9, 2009 - The Unborn follows Casey Beldon (Odette Yustman), a young woman who is still nursing issues over her mother (Carla Gugino in a cameo) leaving her as a child when strange things begin to happen. These events lead Casey to discover the shocking reason behind her mother's abandonment of her.

Turning to Rabbi Sendak (Gary Oldman), her dad (James Remar) and her grandmother (Jane Alexander) for answers, Casey gradually discovers that a curse befell her family during the Holocaust. The curse comes in the form of an evil being in search of a new body to inhabit, a search which is targeting Casey's loved ones. With the help of Sendak and his Christian counterpart (Idris Elba), her best friend (Meagan Good) and boyfriend (Cam Gigandet), Casey must find a way to close a portal to our world that was opened by someone who was never born.

The Unborn is a preposterous and often laugh-out-loud horror yarn that collapses under the weight of its litany of mystical mumbo jumbo, shock scares and hammy acting moments. It nevertheless marks an upward climb for David Goyer as a director after the mundane Blade: Trinity and the turgid The Invisible. This movie at least succeeds in pacing and shot selection where his past efforts played like music videos.