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Orphan (2009)

Posted: July 28, 2009 in Little Killers

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I saw this film in the theatre earlier today. I recall seeing a poster for it awhile ago at while going to see Star Trek, and I was intrigued.

Orphan begins in a dream…or, more of a flashback. A young mother of two and her husband lost a child to a stillbirth and though the woman is still grieving, the couple begin to toy with the idea of adopting a child. After uncertainty, thought, and a little therapy, they decide to adopt a 9 year old Russian girl named Esther, from a girl’s home. She is charming, remarkably talented and articulate, a little strange maybe, but she seems to fit in quite well with her new family…at first. Very bad things begin happening, and for some reason, Esther seems to always be around when they do.

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Isabelle Fuhrman (Esther) is genius in this film, frighteningly manipulative and in complete control at all times. My favorite character Max, the little sister (who is deaf) is played by Aryana Engineer. This was her film debut and she was great. Esther used her as her pawn from the beginning, taking advantage of her impressionism to see out her dirty tasks.

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I enjoyed this film because though there was a lotttt of violence, there were some definite Hitchcock-type elements as well. Sounds, shadows, camera angles that built fear. It was the noise that most spoke to me. Children’s laughter, a slammed door, a drawer that screeches each time it’s opened. These were used over and over with a very tense outcome that I found effective. Half the time I was more afraid of those things than the actual violence.

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All in all a good thriller. Great twist at the end, but if you pay attention it’s pretty easy to guess what it was. Plenty of hints and forshadowing but I suppose easy to miss when you’re watching a nun get her head bashed in. The best part was toward the end….it involves some really fucked-up paintings and blacklights. Really vague but you gotta watch it to find out.

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Go see this in the theatre with friends, but only if they can stomach some really GRAPHIC violence. Oh, and a doggy-style sex scene. Score.

For fans of The Omen, The Bad Seed, Children of the Corn, and other movies where young children go on murderous rampages.

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