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The Unborn
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07.13.2009 By: Sturdy
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Director:
David S. Goyer

Actors:
Odette Yustman
Gary Oldman
Meagan Good

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A young girl becomes haunted by scary visions and embarks on a journey of discovery in hopes to find out why she’s having these hallucinations. She learns that she’s being haunted by her “unborn” twin brother and now she must find a way to escape him.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
A friend of mine adopted this 1 year old pit bull puppy and a few weeks after she got him, his balls dropped. Over the next couple of weeks, she noticed that he became pretty fierce, growling at other dogs, marking his territory, etc. So, she made an appointment and had his boys chopped off. It was surprising how docile and friendly this dog became after that, but I guess that’s what happens when a dog doesn’t have testicles. That is the best example I can think of to describe this, and most, PG-13 horror films.

This one is no different. And when I say that, I mean it’s not different on any level, except it can take pride that it actually got a theatrical release when it should have gone straight to DVD. The lead actress should be doing Sprite commercials, not carrying her own film and I have no idea why Gary Oldman and Idris Elba are in this thing. They can actually act, so I can only assume there was a lot of money involved.

It seems that the filmmakers couldn’t get anything right. There are some creepy images, but they’re sandwiched between bad dialogue and neutered, “scary” moments. And the freaky image that she keeps seeing is cleverly nicknamed “Jumby”, which sounds like a lead character in a Saturday morning cartoon. I snickered every time that name was muttered. And I’m still not sure why they had to bring in a holocaust survivor. There could have been some eerie and freaky things with that storyline, but it was never developed.

Can you believe David S. Goyer had a hand in the DARK KNIGHT? Seriously. In case you forgot, he wrote BATMAN BEGINS and has several other impressive credits to his resume. But this is lame from start to finish. No originality, no scary moments, nothing to make it worth your while. Oh, and it should be noted that this “unrated” cut contains a whopping one minute of unseen footage.
THE EXTRAS
Deleted Scenes (6:36): These are pretty normal scenes, probably cut for pacing reasons. They’re extended dialogue scenes and the like. Nothing that should have been added.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Uggghhh. I’m of the minority that believes it is possible to make a decent PG-13 horror film, but it’s hard to hold onto that belief when there are so many bad ones out there. This is instantly forgettable and I wouldn’t even consider recommending this, even as a rental.
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