REVIEW: Kabbalah horror focus for Unborn
With a title that sounds more like a Rick Santorum speech than a scary movie, The Unborn leaves nothing but disappointment for a horror fan like me.
One thing this movie did do was surprise me, as I was not expecting this supernatural thriller to turn out to be the Jewish and less-than-scary version of The Exorcist.
The film centers on college student Casey (Odette Yustman), who finds herself instantly afflicted with several changes, beginning with her eye color and scary dreams.
Casey's search for what is wrong with her leads her to an old friend of her mother's and Auschwitz survivor named Sofi (Jane Alexander).
Sofi informs Casey that she is being haunted by a dybbuk, an evil spirit from Kabbalah. Casey learns she must seek out Rabbi Sendak (Gary Oldman) to perform a Jewish exorcism before it's too late for her.
Enlisting the help of an Episcopal priest, Sendak attempts to perform the exorcism, but that is exactly when things start to take a turn for the worse.
With the exception of Oldman and Alexander, the rest of The Unborn's cast is virtually unknown, which leads to some of the worst acting I have witnessed in a very long time.
Most of the dialogue is also very awkward and unrealistic, making the movie unbearable at times.
For instance, there are several exchanges between Casey and her boyfriend that seem so canned, I felt at one point like I was watching The Hills.
In addition to bad acting, the plot of this movie just doesn't make sense, and not because because of its reliance on Jewish mysticism.
I spent the whole movie trying to figure out what was going on, and in the end, it really doesn't come together, leaving the story completely unresolved. I walked away unsatisfied, confused and definitely not scared.
I will admit, there are some sensational moments that startled me, but I was never scared during this movie, which is pretty sad for a horror film.
Most of the time I found the horror aspects more laughable or disgusting than genuinely scary.
For example, in one scene at a nightclub, bugs and brown water gush out of a toilet. While we all know that a plumbing nightmare is gross, I would hardly call it horrific.
Even scenes that depict the atrocities of Auschwitz seem incredibly unrealistic.
The film's director, David S. Goyer, uses incredibly cheap special effects rather than more traditional methods to scare movie-goers, and they simply don't work in this movie.
The Unborn is simply unentertaining, unrealistic and unscary. I strongly urge everyone to steer clear of this flick. I'm still regretting it the morning after.
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