The Unborn (2009) Review
Written by: EasterBunnyKiller
Prior to viewing The Unborn, I had done something uncharacteristic of myself. That would be, reading reviews on it. Having quite a bit of downtime, I decided to see it, but, on account of hearing the low opinion of it, I opted to watch a cam posted on the internet. Thank God I did not waste my eight dollars on this travesty of a film. If you remember nothing else fromt his review, remember this: Do not make my mistake and watch this film. Just believe what the reviews say and stay away.
I honestly don't know where I should start with this. The plot was terrible. It was like a rehash of ideas that Bay and Goyer had seen work in other movies and figured they could create a hodge-podge of film cliches and make a quick buck.
I thought we had recently been introduced with a movie that used mirrors as a plot device, whereby the spirits of the other side could interact with the living. Wait... we did. It was called Mirrors, and as I recall, it made a decent amount of money.
We have the now hugely cliche exorcism routine, a demon intent on possessing a body, and a secret family lineage. As I watched all these stock ideas manifest themselves on my computer screen, I found myself wondering, where is the guy with the hockey mask? I think I've said enough regarding plot.
Let's look at the acting. The lead role was Casey something-or-other played by Odette Yustman. Her acting, in a word, was nonexistant. Sure she's easy on the eyes, but she has the chops of an acting school dropout. However, in all fairness, we must spread the blame a little, because her dialogue was horrible. Maybe one day she will stumble upon some acting skill, but I wouldn't hold my breath.
Not even Gary Oldman could save this atrocity, and it looked like he tried. It was as though Oldman owed Goyer a favor, because that's the only way I could rationalize him being involved witht his trainwreck, because he usually picks good roles. Carla Gugino, got off light. She only played a bit part, but I would venture to say that even that was too much. But then again, she played second billing to Pauly Shore...
I can respect this movie's attempt at delving into demonology as a basis for their movie, and I imagine that had they played up the role of the actual demon and not include the insects in lieu of actually having a scary encounter, this may have ended up being a decent movie.
Had I been this demon, the Dybbuk, I would have possessed David Goyer in an attempt to strop this terrible excuse of cinema from ever leaving the cutting room floor. I leave you with this one piece of wisdom garnered from the viewing of this film:Children in rain slickers are a force to be reckoned with.