Thursday, July 30, 2009

Review: Orphan

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Title: Orphan
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Writer(s): David Johnson (screenplay), Alex Mace (story)
Staring: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, Jimmy Bennett, Aryana Engineer
MPAA Rating: Rated R for disturbing violent content, some sexuality and language.
Running Time: 123 min (2 hr and 3 min)
Synopsis: A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a 9-year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be.

Other Reviews


Roger Ebert:
3 ½ Stars
Michael Phillips: 2 Stars
EW: Owen Gleiberman: D+

Other Sites:

At The Movies:
Ben Mankiewicz: See It, Ben Lyons: Skip It
Rotten Tomatoes: T-Meter: 45% (Rotten), Top Critics: 43% (Rotten), RT Community: 66% (Fresh)
Metacritic: Critics: 43 out of 100, Users: 7.2 out of 10
MRQE Metric: 51: (7.5% A, 22.0% B, 41.3% C, 28.9% D, and 0.0% F)
Yahoo Movies: Critics: C Users: B+

My Review

Source Material: Original: David Johnson (screenplay), Alex Mace (story)

Acting and Dialogue: B-: The adult actor pulled it off in this film. My favorite scenes were with the little girl named Max played by Aryana Engineer. I am not sure if see is deaf herself but she plays her part beautifully.

Art Direction: B: The art with the story line was different and creepy, especially near the end of the film.

Cinematography: C: Nothing that impressing .

Direction: B-: Jaume Collet-Serra did his job to creep me out. You don’t know how many times I want to say “Holy Shit”…Did a 9 year old girl just do what I think she did?

Sound and Music: C: Stereotypical eerie score.

VFX: C: Mainly a make-up and special effects movie, which weren’t half bad.

Overall: C: There is a lot of weakness to this film but when looking at the whole its not too bad.

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