The Unborn

2009

Drama / Horror

55
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 11%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 30%
IMDb Rating 4.8

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Odette Annable as Casey Beldon
Gary Oldman as Rabbi Sendak
Cam Gigandet as Mark
Meagan Good as Romy
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Michael DeZubiria (wppispam2013@gmail.com) 3 / 10

The Exorcism of Casey Beldon...

January is not such a good time for movies. The holiday season is over people are getting back to work and school and their normal lives, and the movie studios seem to take this opportunity to unload all their half-witted movies that probably no one is going to be interested in anyway. It seems that way every time I see a movie like The Unborn, anyway. This thing is so thin and weak it's like a cinematic version of weak tea, and weak tea is not something you want your audience to be thinking about while they're suffering through your scary movie.

Brought to us by the director of Blade: Trinity (and pretty much nothing else), The Unborn is the story of a girl who had a twin that died in utero because her umbilical cord had wrapped around his neck in the womb and strangled him, and she didn't become aware of it until decades later when his evil spirit decided that he was ready to be born now.

Sadly, the movie relies almost entirely on endless shots of creepy kids with deadpan expressions and, occasionally, colored contact lenses. But don't go thinking the cliches stop there, the movie is so jam-packed with cheap horror techniques that it almost feels like an educational experience in everything to avoid doing in making a scary movie.

The extreme close-up of the mutated babyface and the sudden screeching noise when the eyes flip open used to be a pretty scary effect. I can't remember when that was, it's been a number of decades now, but there was a time in the distant past when that shot had a cool effect. Now it's been so overdone and copied that it's no loner anything more than a big red flag that the movie you're watching is wasting your time!

In the movie's defense, it has a clear ability to create a tense atmosphere. Much of it is beautifully photographed, and the combination of the slow tracking shots and the moody music give a feeling of unease which, in a better movie, could easily pave the way for a genuinely freaky horror show. But unfortunately, every bit of the rest of the movie is as wispy and uninteresting as a pair of old underwear.

Odette Yustman stars as the afflicted Casey Beldon, faced with a terrible situation in which she is slowly losing her soul to an invading demon, back for revenge for that one pesky sibling rivalry that they had before they were born. Poor Casey finds out at the most vulnerable time that she inadvertently killed her own brother, which has to have some kind of devastating effect on a person, even one who is not in such an, ah, emotional state as Casey is in.

Oh, and speaking of emotional states, there is a point where Casey is absolutely certain that she is being pursued by an evil spirit, and even when the bizarre things that have been happening to her seem to leave no room for any other explanation, her lunkhead boyfriend says this to her – "I don't think you're crazy, I just think you're hormonal."

A word of advice, gentlemen – I don't claim to be any kind of all-knowing expert about the wonders and mysteries of the fairer sex, but I tend to have a natural feeling that if your girlfriend is upset about something, the suggestion that it's "that time of the month" is generally a pretty efficient way to make yourself single. Or bruised and swollen somewhere. And if she's upset because she's being pursued by demons, she may just cut to the chase and kill you.

Besides, it's clear that Casey needs a lot of help, because not only does she make all of those breathtakingly stupid decisions that horror movie cannon-fodder generally make, but she also begins to appear more and more crazy to the people around her as she begins to believe more and more that this demonic possession thing is happening to her for real.

Of course, making her look crazy is neither surprising nor interesting. It's an ancient horror movie technique intended to make the supernatural element seem more real by giving us someone to relate to – the people who are looking at this girl like she's a total lunatic. Unfortunately, when the character is so undeveloped and uninteresting that it's impossible to care about her, this crazy element does nothing for the suspense. Except maybe reverse it.

There are certainly some interesting visuals in the movie, even some of the cliches (a good many of them involving the old bathroom mirror scare) are older than the hills but at least look pretty cool.

The spider-walk is lifted directly out of The Exorcist (and it's such an obvious plagiarism that I'm going to go ahead and chalk it up to an homage), and there are some pretty clever manifestations of the demon, but the movie is so slow and plodding and full of half-assed performances (even the great Gary Oldman is totally dismissable here) that it feels like even the movie is sleeping through itself. And it doesn't help matters that the climax of the film is an exorcism that consists of a lot of strobe lights and big fans in a low-rent studio.

Believe it or not, I didn't hate the movie, but I'm a long-time horror fan and I have a tendency to enjoy horror movies that most other people would punch me for suggesting. But whether or not you enjoy the lower half of the horror genre, it's definitely true that there are quite a few much better movies about demonic possession that would be a far better use of your time than The Unborn. Personally, I suggest The Exorcism of Emily Rose, which is one of the best I've seen…

Reviewed by log1324 2 / 10

Unintentionally Funny- Not In A Good Way

Its ironic that this movie came out the week that the nominations for the Razzie Awards were released. I have a hunch that this film may garner a few nominations for that "prestigious" award next year.

This film is awful. It has no clue where it wants to go and takes quite a lot of time getting there. The story is about young Casey Beldon (Odette Yustman). She is a girl in school, working as a babysitter for some extra money. This is when she encounters a four year-old kid that she is sitting who appears to be evil. Soon, she is seeing the evil of that kid in her daily life. To rid herself of this, she begins examining her family history. This includes a mother (Carla Gugino) who was depressed and killed herself, a mysterious old woman in her mothers photos (Jane Alexander) who has had issues in the past, and her friends. Upon recommendation, she decides to have an exorcism performed by the rabbi (Gary Oldman). If you are getting ahead of me in the plot, you've basically got it right in your mind.

The writing is mediocre, and that is perhaps kind. The beginning of the story is simply about showing as much of Ms. Yustman's body that can be allowed in a PG-13 movie. If that couldn't be done in one scene, they come back to it four or five times. The story follows cliche after cliche and takes forever to really begin. The frights are minimal and within 20 minutes I was laughing at what I think was supposed to be scary. This movie is unintentionally funny once you pick up where it is going and what it is trying to do.

The one minor redeeming factor of this movie was some of the camera work. There were a few angles that were used that felt greatly different than the others, felt fresh and felt well placed. Those few shots cannot, however, overcome some of the worst over-acting I've ever seen, a poor script, and a lack of direction for a vast majority of the film. If you are an absolute horror film junkie, go ahead and have a laugh. If you are a fan of bad movies, enjoy. If you are looking for an enjoyable fright, look elsewhere.

Reviewed by Kristine (kristinedrama14@msn.com) 3 / 10

Jumby wants to be in a better movie

Well at least the trailer was scary, from the moment I saw the trailer for The Unborn I knew I wanted to see this movie, it looked so freaky and like the ultimate scare. So before it left theaters, I finally saw it and I should've realized, it's PG-13, how rare is it that we get a PG-13 horror movie that is actually scary? Sadly all the "intense" moments were shown in the trailer and I was extremely disappointed with this lousy movie. I couldn't believe how bad it was, it once again has every cliche in a horror film that you can imagine: the black best friend, the loving boyfriend, the hot skinny girl who is constantly in her underwear, the jumps, the mirrors, the nightmares, the over acting. I do have one question: did Gary Oldman owe someone a favor when he took this film? It's just mind-boggling, he's this terrific actor and he was in this really predictable stupid story? Well, hopefully he'll recover soon from this sad excuse for a horror film.

Casey Beldon is plagued by merciless dreams, visions of strange looking dogs, and an evil child with bright blue eyes. Casey is baby-sitting Matty, her neighbor's son. He is upstairs, supposedly taking a nap. Casey is downstairs talking on the phone to her best friend Romey. Suddenly, there is a voice that says "Jumby wants to be born now," on the baby monitor used for Matty's baby sister. After yelling, "Matty, are you awake?" Casey goes upstairs to check on them. Matty was standing over the baby's crib, holding a mirror to the baby's face. After being hit with the mirror, Casey's eyes begin to change color and she learns she had a twin brother who died in the womb. Casey begins to suspect that the spirit haunting her is the soul of her dead twin, being possessed by a dybbuk, wanting to be born so it can transfer to the world of the living. Casey meets a woman named Sofi, who is revealed to be her grandmother. Sofi explains that she had a twin brother who was killed in Nazi experiments in Auschwitz when they were both just children. The boy was brought back to life by a dybbuk who intended to use his body as a portal into the world of the living. Sofi killed her twin to stop the dybbuk, and now it haunts her family for revenge. Sofi refers Casey to Rabbi Sendak, who can perform a Jewish exorcism to remove the dybbuk.

This was a huge disappointment, I wouldn't really recommend it. The acting and writing were over done, what could have made this more realistic or scary is just a touch up on the writing. The lead actress Odette Yustman really needs experience, she was just alright in the film. Of course I love the cliche of the crazy black best friend who calls her crazy at first but then all of a sudden is attacked at last second. If you do watch this, if you want a good scare, turn on the lights, I admit there are still some freaky moments, better than most of the PG-13 horror movies, but the story was just bad. It just could have been a lot better.

3/10

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