Goyer miscarries The Unborn

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

A scene from The Unborn

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FUMBLE, NOOOOO. Odette Yustman as Casey Beldon and Gary Oldman as Rabbi Sendak battle demons in The Unborn.

The Unborn
Directed by: David S. Goyer
Starring: Odette Yustman, Meagan Good, Gary Oldman, Idris Elba

2 stars

David S. Goyer received critical and commercial success with his summer screenplay for The Dark Knight. However, his new teen horror movie The Unborn seriously lacks the substance seen in his recent blockbuster success.

Megan Fox look-alike Odette Yustman (Cloverfield) plays Casey Beldon, a college freshman who begins experiencing odd events following her mother’s mysterious suicide. These events range from hallucinations of a pale ghost during her morning run to random scorpions appearing in her breakfast.

After some terrible acting, shaky camerawork and sexually awkward panty scenes, secrets about her mother’s death begin to unfold when Casey babysits a menacing neighbourhood child who creepily smashes her over the head with a mirror.

Following this humorous attack, Casey visits the doctor where she learns she is a twin, but her brother passed away in the uterus before birth. Casey proceeds to whine about her life to everyone that will listen, including her brainless boyfriend, her loyal friend Romy (Good) and finally her Rabbi (Oldman).

The film takes a drastic turn and the realm of demons opens up when Casey learns she is possessed by Dybbuk, an evil spirit in Jewish mythology that inhabits a human’s body because it cannot break through the gates of heaven and hell. In search of ways to stop this demon, Casey turns to her grandmother who reveals the real reason behind all the chaos and horror in Casey’s life: Nazis.

The movie becomes truly disconnected; however, this is redeemed as the film’s conclusion falls together with a thoughtful twist.

Although the idea of a mythical Dybbuk wreaking havoc in the post-modern world is innovative, the film’s overall execution is poor. An intricate plot matched with sub-par acting creates an atmosphere of boredom rather than fear.

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