Anna Ivers returns home to her sister Alex after a stint in a mental hospital, though her recovery is jeopardized thanks to her cruel stepmother. Her dismay quickly turns to horror when she is visited by ghastly visions of her dead mother.
A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Rip-off of "The Omen", to name just one example, has big budget but meager returns
Renée Zellweger, looking wrung-out, was hopefully well-paid for her role as a social worker in this derivative, ridiculous thriller about an innocent-seeming child who harbors evil powers, causing all those who cross or fear her to end up dead. Screenwriter Ray Wright seems to have overdosed on demon-child pictures of the past; although he thankfully keeps religion out of the mix here, his narrative is bungled and illogical, with bloody shock-deaths the only thing keeping the target audience in place. Young Jodelle Ferland does well with several difficult scenes (intimidating child psychologist Bradley Cooper during a session, or sweet-talking a frightened Zellweger, who's hiding from the creepy kid under her bed). Still, the movie is bloated beyond its obvious limitations, confusing at key moments and predictable at others, while Wright and director Christian Alvart take their precious time steering this vehicle right over the proverbial side. *1/2 from ****
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