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The Unborn (2009)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: David S. Goyer

Starring:
Odette Yustman/Casey
Gary Oldman/Rabbi Sendak
Meagan Good/Romy
Cam Gigandet/Mark
5 10
PLOT-CRUNCH
A hot brunette with a GREAT ASS (Yustman) and a best girl friend (Good) that “dudes” her all the time sees her life sink to crapola depths when some “twin fetish” ghost begins to haunt her silly whilst aiming for old fashioned “possession”.
THE LOWDOWN
This is Platinum Dunes first non remake genre film. Hey, it’s a step forward. Keep going that way guys for the love of original horror! Sadly that doesn’t mean it’s a badass effort. Even though the TRAILERS for THE UNBORN rocked me, I stormed into the theatre with my guards up and my finger on the trigger. January release, PG 13 and the fact that I have yet to LOVE a film that David Goyer has directed prompted that reaction. So as I sat in my seat and the thing began, I was stunned to see myself getting swiftly reeled in like a sedated kid dragged in the Neverland Ranch stables. So was it all that it could be?

Let’s get this out of the way off the bat! The camera simply LOVED Odette Yustman and I couldn’t take my eyeballs off her for a micro-second… talk about photogenic… nuts! Nuts I tell ya! Moreover, Goyer put out a visually arresting show that was all about eerie mood (got shades of Nightmare on Elm Street here); fly areal shots, a brilliant milking of the snowy/overcast exteriors and slick cinematography. What a good looking film! If it was a dame, I’d f*ck it backwards! And was that Gary Oldman cashing in a check I saw? You bet it was! All good, the chap brought classy class to the whole. The initial premise cranked my dial as well. The idea of somebody being possessed by their unborn twin was a groovy one! Alas, the movie didn’t slam the breaks while it was ahead in terms of the WHY behind the lunacy and that was the start of its downfall.

As its story evolved THE UNBORN became a flick that settled for the obvious and tried too hard to be “something grand”, instead of running with the GOLD it had in its back pocket. At about the halfway mark, it relentlessly tossed in plot devices from THE EXORCIST, FALLEN and your common J HORROR opus while throwing so much mumbo-jumbo my way that I overdosed on it. Sure it bombed me with bits of dialogue here and there to “explain” the ever changing rules of the movie but I didn’t buy them. The turn of events didn’t feel organic and true to its narrative. Think more “Now what do we do? Huh… lets just go for the clichés yo!” Result? Down the road, I became detached and didn’t really care anymore as to how all of this was going to end.

And what was up with the occasional inane jabber and the shoddy characterization? Some of the lines here were embarrassing and the side characters were rarely more than blatant/paper thin “victims”. And I gota get this off my knife; the whole “best friend” (played by Meagan Good) believes, then doesn’t believe, then believes etc. shtick got old real fast. In fact, it got on my freaking nerves BIG TIME! The fact that she kept calling our heroine “dude” pissed me off too, but that’s another story. Buy me a drink or three and we’ll talk. Finally, I won’t lie to ya; the off-screen kills had me groaning. I mean what’s the point of a slay if you’re going to cut away so damn early? Takes away from the impact.

So all in all THE UNBORN was a polished film, with a groovy start up idea that gradually clunked out. This is the kind of horror film that my mom would love till the cows come home to become burgers. If you HAVE TO see it because you’re that guy or girl, I say see it on DVD on a Sunday afternoon while getting some well earned oral loving. I have nothing else clever or pathetically lame to say so I’ll say JACK SQUAT!
GORE
What do you think? Take a wild guess! Exactly! Light blood here and there, some quick flashes of somewhat disturbing imagery and… well… NATHING!
ACTING
Odette Yustman (Casey) looked so hot it should be a crime. Her acting chops were also in full gear thus being on the ball throughout except when crappy dialogue would drag her down. Loved her! Gary Oldman (Rabbi Sendak) owns me, you and my ex girlfriends – the dude is entrancing onscreen, even when tackling stuff that is beneath him – like this role. Meagan Good (Romy) was credible when her shitty lines or her “duding” a girl non stop wouldn’t make her look meh. Cam Gigandet (Mark) came in, said his lines, took off his shirt and said more lines, not much of a part. Dude did fine with what he was given I guess.
T & A
Seeing Odette Yustman in her tidy whities was the equivalent of dying and going to bootie heaven. The ladies get Gigandet shirtless.
DIRECTING
I was really impressed by Goyer’s eye on this one. His use of swooping areal shots, powerful slow motion, in focus/out of focus tricks, what not… fully did it for me. Suspense wise, he was on when he gave it a shot, but alas the flick went BOO SCARE heavy too soon.
SOUNDTRACK
The score was adequate. Nothing more or less. No complaints!
BOTTOM LINE
THE UNBORN had a swell early premise, looked slick, had bleak mood to spare, Gary Oldman punching in and a captivating lead in Odette Yustman. The latter brought mucho talent, good looks and a yummy derriere in the ring and I dug that the most!. If the film had went further with its violence, had ducked the obvious and had kept it simple instead of going buck nuts with occult bullshit and every genre cliche in the book, maybe it could’ve been something. As-is, it was a semi harmless yet totally disposable time killer – that’s it – that’s all.
BULL'S EYE
Odette Juliette Yustman was born on May 10 1985 in California and her first role was Rosa in Kindergarten Cop.

The flick was shot in Illinois, USA.

David Goyer also wrote the UNBORN script.

VISIT THE UNBORN WEBSITE HERE

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4:58PM on 07/10/2010
Guilty pleasure in every sense of the word!
The movie was one of the biggest disappointments for me. I'm a HUGE Gary Oldman fan. I liked the premise, and the trailer was amazing!
The movie wasn't very good, but i still managed to enjoy it.
Guilty pleasure in every sense of the word!
The movie was one of the biggest disappointments for me. I'm a HUGE Gary Oldman fan. I liked the premise, and the trailer was amazing!
The movie wasn't very good, but i still managed to enjoy it.
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9:50AM on 03/10/2010

BOMB in the worst sense.

Director David S. Goyer (Blade: Trinity) is better as an screenwriter (The Crow: City of Angels, Batman Begins, Dark City) than an filmmaker.

Despite Goyer`s interesting premise for the movie. This feels like a huge waste of time. There was nothing effective for this movie. Even Gary Oldman couldn`t save this movie.

Probably what hurt this movie was... it was produced by Michael Bay, who produced so-so remakes of "Friday the 13th" and "The Hitcher". Making this movie PG-13 killed it too.
Director David S. Goyer (Blade: Trinity) is better as an screenwriter (The Crow: City of Angels, Batman Begins, Dark City) than an filmmaker.

Despite Goyer`s interesting premise for the movie. This feels like a huge waste of time. There was nothing effective for this movie. Even Gary Oldman couldn`t save this movie.

Probably what hurt this movie was... it was produced by Michael Bay, who produced so-so remakes of "Friday the 13th" and "The Hitcher". Making this movie PG-13 killed it too. I hope Goyer sticks to writing scripts instead of directing them. It might seems harsh but he should. Also I hope Bay`s upcoming produced remake of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" better be good.
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9:50PM on 08/31/2009
Wow, this ended up being a disgrace for horror movies! The acting, writting and the effort were all bad and it's a shame because it really had an intriguing story going for it and a hot female lead but the rest of it was generic. There was no scary, suspenseful or even thrilling moments of terror that I can think of and I really don't think anyone will find this scary above the age of 12. Nothing about this supernatural/horror movie is special and it's a shame coming from the guy behind The
Wow, this ended up being a disgrace for horror movies! The acting, writting and the effort were all bad and it's a shame because it really had an intriguing story going for it and a hot female lead but the rest of it was generic. There was no scary, suspenseful or even thrilling moments of terror that I can think of and I really don't think anyone will find this scary above the age of 12. Nothing about this supernatural/horror movie is special and it's a shame coming from the guy behind The Dark Knight. Overall a bad start for horror movies in 2009 and a very disappointing, lackluster movie to me. Avoid!
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12:52AM on 02/10/2009
Yes it was clichéed, and relied too much on BOO scares, but actually I thought the whole film was rather entertaining. I mean, the narrative is all over the place, and the dialogue is plain bad, but it got a good lead, fantastic atmosphere, a freaky ghost and some really scary moments. Not a classic by any means, but a good time at the movies.
Yes it was clichéed, and relied too much on BOO scares, but actually I thought the whole film was rather entertaining. I mean, the narrative is all over the place, and the dialogue is plain bad, but it got a good lead, fantastic atmosphere, a freaky ghost and some really scary moments. Not a classic by any means, but a good time at the movies.
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5:26AM on 01/15/2009

"Dude" please...

I'd go with a one on this one. The only thing remotely original was that it had Jewish mysticism instead of the usual Cat'lic stuff. Agree with Gary Oldman and her body being the draws.
I'd go with a one on this one. The only thing remotely original was that it had Jewish mysticism instead of the usual Cat'lic stuff. Agree with Gary Oldman and her body being the draws.
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5:43PM on 01/12/2009
Was SUPER disappointed in this film, I think 2 is being too generous with the over abundance of predictability and horror cliche's, now I'm all for cliches in the proper film, but when you fill an original idea chock full of them, its really not that original anymore, from the get go I could SEE and predict EXACTLY what was going to happen and it really made me feel like I wrote and directed this movie and that shouldnt be happening folks, if a movie does that something is seriously
Was SUPER disappointed in this film, I think 2 is being too generous with the over abundance of predictability and horror cliche's, now I'm all for cliches in the proper film, but when you fill an original idea chock full of them, its really not that original anymore, from the get go I could SEE and predict EXACTLY what was going to happen and it really made me feel like I wrote and directed this movie and that shouldnt be happening folks, if a movie does that something is seriously wrong....

Visuals were very nice gotta give it that and it had some really original and creepy FX (Dog heads anyone?) but even the great Gary Oldman brought nothing to this movie and that sucks in itself......feel really bad that I spent $14 to see this, complete waste of time
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