Omens and concepts of good vs. evil have no place in Maggie O'Connor's well-ordered, practical universe. Her life revolves around her job as a nurse at a busy New York hospital, until one ... See full summary »
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Omens and concepts of good vs. evil have no place in Maggie O'Connor's well-ordered, practical universe. Her life revolves around her job as a nurse at a busy New York hospital, until one rainy night, her sister Jenna abandons her newborn, autistic daughter at her home. Maggie takes the baby in, and she becomes the daughter she never had. Six years later Jenna suddenly re-appears with a mysterious new husband, Eric, and abducts Cody. Despite the fact that Maggie has no legal rights to Cody, FBI agent John Travis, an expert in ritual homicide and occult-related crime, takes up her cause when he realizes that Cody shares the same birth date as several other recently missing children. The little girl, it soon becomes clear, is more than simply "special." She manifests extraordinary powers that the forces of evil have waited centuries to control, and her abduction sparks a clash between the soldiers of good and evil that can only be resolved, in the end, by the strength of one small child... Written by
The bridge where the car "accident" takes place is actually the Blue Water Bridge between Point Edward, Ontario and Port Huron, Michigan. It was being "twinned" at the time so the whole bridge was closed down for repairs and was available for numerous re-takes. The scenery shots of NYC were then placed in the background, although people who grew up there recognize the shores as being Point Edward and Pt. Huron, respectively, not NYC. See more »
Maggie and Cody run past a Shopper's Drug Mart on the street after leaving the dentist office. Shopper's Drug Mart in a pharmacy chain located only in Canada, and yet the scene is set in New York City. See more »
Woman on Bus:
Did ya see it yet, darlin'?
Woman on Bus:
Star of Yakov. What they be callin' the Christmas star. Ain't been seen since Bethlehem. And now it's here.
Woman on Bus:
Oh, yes. It's very nice. It's a good sign for all good people. Means someone special come from God. What do ya think 'bout that?
I don't know, I - I'm not sure I believe in that king of thing.
Woman on Bus:
Oh, that don't matter. It's there if you believe or not believe. It don't care.
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The scariest thing about this one is the amount of recycling from previous, better horror films. Utilising elements that have worked before doesn't make this a bad film, but using them with no degree of innovation or knowledge of how and why they work does. If you haven't seen The Exorcist, Rosemary's Baby, or The Omen there might be some surprises here for you. If you have seen any of these films, watch them again instead of renting this pastiche.
Occasionally something interesting pops up, like the Scientology-esque cult filled with the devil's minions. Many of the supporting roles are filled well: Rufus Sewell is a smooth and seductive Satan, Christina Ricci brings some pathos to an otherwise predictable role, and Ian Holm hams it up in the stock part of the priest/researcher with arcane knowledge. Kim Basinger is the whitebread protagonist, and the side of the angels has never looked so boring.
What makes great horror really work is it's distortion and magnification of the dark things residing in the back of our minds that we often refuse to acknowledge. This is horror made by people that don't understand it at all. The Exorcist could scare an atheist into believing in the devil; Bless the Child could turn a pious viewer into an atheist.
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