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Joshua
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Jan 11, 2008 By: Sturdy
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Director:
George Ratliff

Actors:
Sam Rockwell
Vera Farmiga
Michael McKean

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A seemingly normal family has a new baby girl to add to their perfect lives. Unfortunately, not everyone is thrilled upon her arrival and the true nature of their son begins to come out as heís overcome with jealousy.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
JOSHUA was pretty much doomed from the opening title sequence. Mainly because the same audience that would go see this film is the same audience that has seen THE OMEN, GOOD SON, BAD SEED and other child-horror films. So to impress us, the filmmakers were going to have to do something original and new. Unfortunately for them, they were unable to accomplish that and the result is an overwhelming ďbeen there, done thatĒ vibe.

The film starts out fine enough. It actually takes a while to realize the kid is nuts. We assume so given the title of the movie, but we donít actually get confirmation until a little ways into the film. That makes for an awkward film since it takes so long to get ďscaryĒ. The buildup is actually good filmmaking, but it doesnít really matter since the audience is primed and ready for horror.

When the ďscarinessĒ gets going, the filmmakers do a good job of keeping it simple. I was pleased they tried to make it realistic and didnít have any demons or other motivating factors affecting the kid. Heís just nuts and itís no oneís fault, not really anyway. I think that would be the one ďwinĒ for the filmmakers; they managed to create a scary character by keeping the kid grounded. Ratliff wields the camera well and does a fine job of creating intense sequences.

One of the hidden gems in the movie is that of Sam Rockwell. Iíve been insanely impressed with everything heís done and I truly believe heís the most underrated actor in Hollywood today. He gives a good performance here and his, and the entire castís, efforts make the movie more interesting than it probably should have been.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with George Ratliff and David Gilbert: These two keep the commentary primarily focused on the story and the technical aspects of the film. They keep it moving at a decent pace, but I have to admit I was a little bored. I think this is better left to huge fans of the film.

Deleted Scenes (6:47): These were pretty bland scenes and didnít amount to much. Thereís some extra dialogue, but thatís pretty much it. There wasnít anything worth watching.

Cast and Crew Interviews (12:05): These appear to be on set interviews with the cast and crew and all the important players show up. They keep to the basics and say all the right things. I did find the pauses between interview questions to be highly annoying.

Internet Campaign (5:28): This is just more interviews, but Iím assuming they appeared online at some point in time. This was kind of a repeat of the interviews we just watched, but they were decent enough.

Jacob Kogan audition (3:26): This is just a typical screen test.

There are also some Previews and a Music Video
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Iím not sure who this film will appeal to most since people watching it have seen it before. It was actually a decent film, but it didnít offer anything new or original. My advice is to forget about this one or make it a rental at best.
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