Cody, a little girl abandoned by her mother and raised by her aunt, a nurse, is kidnapped. The girl's guardian, aided by an FBI agent, learn that Cody has supernatural abilities and the abductees are a Satanic cult wanting to harness her abilities.
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The line, "The devil's greatest trick was convincing man that he didn't exist," is reminiscent of a similar line in another movie of the same genre, End of Days (1999), in which Father Kotak (Rod Steiger) says: "Satan's greatest trick was convincing man that he didn't exist". It is also similar to The Usual Suspects (1995), where the line is, "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing man that he didn't exist". In fact, that idea 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 »
When Maggie O'Connor returns to Cody's room after the rat dream, she has no scratches until after she puts Cody down. 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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BLESS THE CHILD is another one of those films that fit right into the category of 'satan-becomes-man-and-is-about-to-take-over-the-world' movies. Other examples of the genre would be END OF DAYS and LOST SOULS. Both of which are good. BLESS THE CHILD is not better than these two films and it is not worse either. It is just the same.
Maggie (Kim Basinger) lives with her sister's daughter, Cody (Holliston Coleman). When Cody gets discovers that she has special powers and abilities, she is targeted by a cult led by her sister's fiance, Eric Stark (Rufus Sewell). With the help of a gothic cult follower (Christina Ricci) that is willing to help her, Maggie must stop the cult from using Cody's powers for their ultimate goal...use them to summon the Devil.
Now, this is a cool movie. Not too much action, but some. A little bit of horror thrown in for good measure, and some thrilling sequences- and you got a good movie. See this film, if you are a fan of the genre. Otherwise, you probably won't like it that much. But, otherwise, this is one thrill-ride of a film! BLESS THE CHILD: 5/5.
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