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I enjoyed it but was pretty slow in the begining. 5.5 out 10 rating.
Let me give you fair warning... This movie is Horrible. It had the makings of what could have been, but leads up to what is pretty much a hilarious take on a horror movie. What's really sad about this, is that the actors did an ok job, but just everything else was so far below standard,

The one highlight is towards the very end, where the graphics seem to take it up another level.

But trust me, this is a laugh fest for most of it.

The movie call "Unborn" is really scary, and awsome. I like the part about the strange zombies coming.

THE UNBORN is an effective supernatural chiller that's as scary as it is thought-provoking. David S. Goyer (the scribe behind BATMAN BEGINS and part of THE DARK KNIGHT) is the publicity draw for the film, as well as the newcomer Odette Yusman, who shares a close resemblance with Megan Fox of TRANSFORMERS (may be intended) and Cam Gigandet, the villain from TWILIGHT. Another familiar face is Meagan Good of WAIST DEEP, STOMP THE YARD and sadly ONE MISSED CALL and the always great Gary Oldman from ORDER OF THE PHOENIX and both of the BATMAN movies.

What is unfamiliar about this film is that the film's focus of the supernatural isn't sensationalistic, it's actually grounded in mystical myth. In addition, the scares that are on display here are disturbing and goose-bump inducing. The existence of the spirit is suprisingly believable, up until the point where it goes beserk.

"Some people are doorways."

Casey is an attractive college student who enjoys running and spending time with her best friend Romy, who believes strongly in the supernatural, and her boyfriend Mark. One day she's jogging and she sees strange images and walks into the wood to find something in the ground...She's also a babysitter, and she gets more than she bargained for in her job when the oldest boy bashes her on the head with a mini-mirror and says "He wants to be born now."

Later on, Casey goes about her daily life. She continues to see glimpses of a ghostly boy in mirrors and is puzzling over his identity and the reason why she sees him. Casey lets her closest friends know about them, with which Romy believes to be a hostile spirit and gets Casey to go visit a hospital, the same one where her mother stayed...Casey's dad says she had a twin who died in childbirth, which explains why Casey's left iris is changing color. Through a series of equally fortunate and unfortunate events, the background and the existence of the spirit is revealed, where Casey has to push against a supernatural force that has been around for quite some time.

From here, THE UNBORN brings its juicy plot points to the surface and allows us to ponder the reasons behind them, all the while scaring us with jumpy and goose-bump inducing and disturbing scares. This film is a fine display of the young talents of Odette Yusman and Cam Gigandet, with the rest of the cast delivering just as solid a performance. The highlight of them all is Gary Oldman, no suprise there, as the Rabbi Sendak. All in all, THE UNBORN is an effective supernatural chiller that's as scary as it is thought-provoking. Be ready for more Critiques and Opinions on Every Game and Movie I Can Get My Hands On
This movie didn't have anything really wrong with it nor did it have anything really good about it. It hugged the middle of the fence. It was an icon of mediocre. Not good, not bad. But a meh. it's like a sandwich without meat or a condiment. Just fluff. It was surprisingly short- that was the only note worthy thing about this movie. Oh, yeah, it tries to throw a twist ending. Which was about as transparent as a sandwich bag.

Watch the matinee if it costs no more than five. If it does, bootleg it or better yet, don't waste your time. Go in and sneak into another movie you've already seen before.

Oh, it was better than The Spirit and The Day The Earth Stood Still.
I started the new year in theaters on today thinking that 2009 would be an amazing year in film. The Unborn makes me not only loose faith in modern film, but question how anyone gets casted in another movie after something like that. Maybe there is a cult somewhere where people worship bad movies. This is the second worst film I have ever watched.
All the good, scary parts to this movie were shown within the trailers! I HATE that! The ending was predictable and didn't leave me wanting more. If your a younger teen, this may be your movie. Otherwise just wait for the dvd.
At almost every scary part, instead of a jump, the whole theater erupted in laughter, this movie is seriously a joke. I feel bad for the actors because they did a pretty decent job, but that was all masked by the rest of the horrible movie. Don't see it if you want a scary movie, you'll find a comedy instead. Actually, just don't go see it.
January 9, 2009

Mirrors have been given a bad rap in horror movies. There's always something ominous lurking behind them, within them or around them. Why can't mirrors ever be viewed as hopeful or auspicious? Why does a reflection always cause somebody to scream, cry, fall down or die? If I was a mirror, I'd be mad. Perhaps a movie should be made about a mirror who's so tired of being portrayed negatively in horror movies that it takes revenge on all those who look at it. I don't think this exact premise has been done before, but it seems like it would fit right in among the genre.

"The Unborn" continues mirror stereotyping to a shameless degree and ill effect. After Casey (Odette Yustman) starts having bizarre dreams about deathly-looking children, dogs wearing masks and premature babies, she begins to hear noises coming from her bathroom mirror. She opens the medicine cabinet, but nothing is there...the first time. The next time she sees the same scary boy from her dream and he reaches out to grab her. All this happens after the neighbors' kid has hit Casey with, whaddya know, a small mirror.

What do Casey's dreams mean? According to her best friend Romy (Meagan Good), who has an interest in the occult, the images represent birth and vengeance, which is a strange combination indeed. Casey's estranged grandmother, Sofi (Jane Alexander), who's also a Holocaust survivor, explains Casey is being terrorized by a dybbuk, a demonic spirit that, because it wasn't allowed into Heaven, is trying to re-enter the world of the living. It's supposedly inhabiting the soul of Casey's twin brother, who died in the womb, but not before he passed some of his blood to Casey.

The same dybbuk once tried to take over Sofi's twin brother after he died at Auschwitz, but Sofi killed it, inciting the spirit to take revenge on everyone in Sofi's family. Now it wants to be freed. To rid her own body of the demon, Casey consults a rabbi (Gary Oldman) and Episcopal priest (Idris Elba) to perform a Jewish exorcism.

I know, the plot is silly, but it's promising enough and "The Unborn" starts out well, but as early as the one-quarter mark, it began to lose its way. By the time it finally got to the exorcism climax, the movie had become such a convoluted mess of moronic dialogue, over-exposition and wannabe shocking imagery, it failed to notice it wasn't scary or interesting. One of the main problems is I never got the impression writer-director David S. Goyer ever took the dybbuk theory seriously. He doesn't lampoon the idea necessarily, but he also doesn't explore it as something that could really happen, which lessened my intrigue.

With a run time of only 87 minutes, "The Unborn" is always hurrying to the next set of loud crescendos, breaking glass, stabbings and monstrous effects. The plot becomes a mere excuse to recycle old horror conventions. Here's my question: instead of going for shock, why not focus on teaching the audience something about dybbuks (which, by the way, are actually part of Jewish folklore) and leave out all the hackneyed horror stuff? I was way more interested in the history of dybbuks than the violence.

There are a couple good things here, including the special effects, which are convincing and sometimes genuinely creepy. In two different scenes, the dybbuk possesses an outside body and the CGI transformation is done well. I also liked James Hawkinson's aerial photography of the snow-covered landscapes, which provided the movie a dire tone. One of these shots opens the movie as Casey jogs along a desolate street and sees an unwholesome boy with bright blue eyes. There's no dialogue and we're drawn in by the threatening image. But we're quickly pulled out in the very next scene, when the characters begin to talk and the actors try to act. When Yustman, who's beautiful but in need of acting lessons, utters the line, "My umbilical chord?," to her father (James Remar), I was induced with uncontrollable laughter. Still, I'd rather laugh than become angry.

Simply put, as with most PG-13 horror movies, "The Unborn" isn't worth your time. Come to think of it, I doubt even an unrated version would be worth your time. Goyer, who co-wrote "The Dark Knight," has an interesting premise on his hands, but it's at the mercy of a screenplay that waters down intelligence and theory in exchange for sensational effects and loud noises.

Back to the mirrors issue. I'll give the movie credit--at least it doesn't utilize the old cliche of the protagonist closing the medicine cabinet door only to suddenly reveal someone standing behind her. It almost does, but not quite. Perhaps there's progress being made and mirrors are becoming less typecast after all.
I just returned from this movie twenty minutes ago, and I'm still reeling from the punch in the face I received from Michael Bay, who has produced yet another shockingly obnoxious film.This movie has so many unreasonable plot connections, and blatantly disrespects any true historical entity that it deigns to incorporate into its overkill plot

This movie tells the story of a girl named Casey who finds a strange spirit haunting her- a dybbuk, which sounds like a creature that wasn't cool enough for Pan's Labyrinth. It takes the form of an evil little kid that was killed by his twin sister, a Holocaust survivor who is also randomly Casey's grandmother. The kid haunted Casey's mother and caused her to commit suicide, but Casey's grandmother didn't really suffer at all until Casey was challenging the thing, which is weird, since she's pretty much responsible for its anger... and Casey's mom didn't even know that lady was her mother until later in her life... and a thousand other weird things. Anyway, you can read the movie spoiler somewhere on the internet.

This movie definitely had its scary moments - the typical surprises and definitely some gruesome images of the demon kid, which really terrified me actually. However, what irritated me was tying it all together with Judaism and throwing the Holocaust in there. I found it entirely unnecessary to connect the two and I almost thought it was a bit cheap and rude, because it wasn't even well done at all. They said the Nazis were into occultism/mysticism and thought that twins could solve the secrets of genetics and whatnot, but it was so ill-constructed that any appreciation for the creativity of the plot was quashed by its gaping holes. They threw around words like "Kabbalah" and expect everyone in the audience to respond with an "oooooooh Kabbalah, that's a special word," or "Kabbalah, isn't that Madonna's religion?"

Casey then decides, after conveniently consulting a book written in Hebrew that she cannot understand and was randomly allowed to touch and take out of the library despite it being an ancient manuscript type thing, that she needs an exorcism.

That's right, an exorcism. Not any exorcism - one complete with Idris Elba. That's right! It's Tango, from American Gangster, back in action as an Episcopalian priest/basketball coach with a PhD. Even better? Our beloved Gary Oldman - Commissioner Gordon, Sirius Black, Mason Verger - is our cynical Rabbi who saves the day.

Gary Oldman... seriously? You are way too awesome for this intellect-sapping film. You probably thought it would be fun... maybe that would explain why your accent changed randomly halfway through the exorcism you performed? I mean, I'm pretty much willing to forgive you for any wrongdoing ever because you are a voice in the Spyro game series and that's hilarious, but this can't have been that challenging a role for you. Actually, I was wondering if you were sleeping part of the time while you recited your lines... but that's probably just your gift. Aaaanyway...

They perform the exorcism and all of the randoms and everyone who loves Casey dies. Basically, anyone who fears potential demon haunting should not allow themselves to grow close to or trust anyone, ever. I mean, never ever. Then you finally get the answer to the question you've been asking this whole time - why does this demon want her so badly if it's already killed her brother and there's no point in possessing her body? Why, you ask?

Because she's pregnant. With twins.

Good job bringing the whole plot back into a circle guys. I'm impressed. But not really.

Don't see this movie. There's no way to get that 87 minutes of your life back.

P.S. The only redeeming characteristic within it are the entirely unnecessary and frankly, for me, unwanted gratification shots of Odette Yustman in one type of undergarment or another. It looked like a Hanes commercial, except more depressing.
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