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Orphan (BLU-RAY)

Orphan

Movie
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On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Grade:
D+
Running Time: 
123 minutes
EVIL SHARES A BIRTHDAY

According to the Estonian mental institute records, Esther was born on April the 20th - Hitler's birthday.

The Omen, it is not.  There are a lot of things wrong with this "creepy kid" thriller, many of which I cannot go into without delving into the post-Sixth Sense worthy M. Night Shyamalan "twist" ending.

QUALITY:
Ok, but not great.  The dark scenes aren't quite black enough, coming off more of a dark gray or speckled black.

BONUS FEATURES:
An alternate ending that somehow manages to be wose and more hole-filled than the one that is used, and a generically thrown together "documentary" on evil children in the history of movies.

Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard are both extremely likeable actors that found themselves roped into a horrible script (assumingly, the result of some kind of dare?).  The bonus features in this set are pathetic at best and the quality is only so-so.  Add that into the lackluster and slow moving flick with so many holes that you will be more than irritated by the end of this looong movie (over two hours, for a thriller, that's WAY too long), and you have a release that really isn't worth the purchase.  The only thing salvageable here is the surprising turn by the adorable newcomer Isabelle Fuhrman, pulling off a Russian accent so believable, you don't think for a second that she is a 10 year old American girl.

Peter Oberth
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