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Bless the Child (2000)

 -  Crime | Drama | Horror  -  11 August 2000 (USA)
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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 ... 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 Anonymous

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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£505,468 (UK) (5 January 2001)

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ESP 447,559,152 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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The line "the devils greatest trick was convincing man that he didn't exist" is a reference to a similar line in another movie of the same Genre, End of Days (1999). In which Father Kovak (Rod Steiger) says: "Satan's greatest trick was convincing man that he didn't exist". It is also a reference to The Usual Suspects (1995) where the line is "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing man that he didn't exist" shows up. In fact, that sentence goes back to Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867): "La plus belle des ruses du Diable est de vous persuader qu'il n'existe pas!" (English: "The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist." See more »

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Eric Stark: Watch. If God loves his children so much, maybe he'll stop this. Redeem him, somehow. Or maybe the release I've offered him is his only salvation.
[Homeless man strikes match to light himself on fire, Cody blows out match and hugs homeless man]
Cody: He hasn't forgotten you.
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Worse than I ever thought Possible
21 October 2000 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Before I saw this film, I'd never heard of it. When I got to the cinema, I thought I'd try my luck with the unknown and hopefully be pleasantly surprised.

On seeing the names 'Kim Bassinger' and 'Jimmy Smits' in the opening credits

  • I almost made a bolt for the door. Unfortunately, I stayed. It turned out
to be the worst movie that I have ever been to at a cinema. Perhaps in 50 years time, people will be talking about it in the same vein as 'Plan 9 from Outer Space.'

As far as woefulness goes - this film had everything:

  • A terrible, terrible script with more clichés than you can poke a stick at
(sorry)

  • Boring, shallow characters: made worse by embarrassingly inept acting (to
be expected from Bassinger but surely Christina Ricci can do better!)

  • Pathetic visual effects


  • Pointless, brainless, talentless, lifeless script (just to emphasise the
point!).

My advice to anyone thinking of seeing this film is to go with a group of friends. You will then have a great time outwitting each other with wisecracks. Otherwise - save your money and stay home.


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