We’re back at it again, and this time we have taken a look at the 2009 supernatural Horror-thriller The Unborn, written and directed by David S. Goyer. It stars Odette Annable (Yustman) as Casey Beldon, Cam Gigandet as Mark, Meagan Good as Romy, Gary Oldman as Rabbi Sendak and Idris Elba as Arthur Wyndham. As the movie stands with a 4.6-score on IMDB and an uncomfortably low 11% Fresh-rating on Rotten Tomatoes, I have to say that I completely disagrees with those ratings. As where Rotten’s consensus says that the film has “..cheap thrills and scares that border on silliness.”, I say it’s the direct opposite. And I’ll tell you why in a bit… but first, the movie as it were;
Casey, while babysitting finds the oldest of two children chanting ‘look in the mirror‘ whilst holding a small mirror over his baby sister and when she touches him, he smashes the mirror on across her face and says “Jumby is ready to be born know.” After a few days, her friends sees that there is something wrong with her eye, leading her to go see a doctor, where she finds out that she was in fact a twin in utero… and this is when everything gets messed up. We get a back-story from Nazi times, a jewish mythology-spirit called a dybbuk and some real nasty possessional shit to go with it.
Sure, some of the jump-scares in the movie were predictable, but that’s just something we have to weigh with those that weren’t… and there were quite a few of them and the way the scares were executed, may they have been somewhat of a standardized nature, was also a means to drive the story forward in addition to being utterly creepy, and I thought that they managed to stay in the realm were the quirky to creepy-ratio was just perfect. The cast was pretty good as too. Cam Gigandet did a pretty basic boyfriend-type, as well as Maegan Good’s best friend-portrayal. Nothing spectacular at all, but I think they did what they could with what they had and the end-result was acceptable. However, the one that steals the show (and no, it’s not Elba (even if he was awesome as always) or Oldman), it was Odette Annable’s performance of Casey that took this movie from just being a decent flick to being a great scary movie. You could really see it in her eyes that she was afraid for herself and everyone around her. Top notch acting from a girl that looks like this! Oh, and there’s not just one, but TWO creepy ass kids in the movie, and that is Always scary!
So, in conclusion… The Unborn was about an hour and a half Well spent, and I sincerely hope that you give this one a shot if you haven’t already seen it. And if you have seen it, what did YOU think? Do you agree with the ratings mentioned in the beginning or do you actually have a good taste in movies? Anyways, tomorrow is Sunday bloody Sunday once again and that means it’s gonna be a bit messy up in here! But until then…. don’t you just hate it when you crack an egg and a giant ass bug pops out?