The arrival of a newborn girl causes the gradual disintegration of the Cairn family; particularly for 9-year-old Joshua (Kogan), an eccentric boy whose proper upbringing and refined tastes both take a sinister turn.
The Cairn's life seems to be a harmonic family: The father Brad works as a stockbroker, his wife Abby takes care of their common new-born daughter Lily, and the 9-year-old Joshua is high-talented. But the appearances are deceptive. Joshua becomes gradual jealously, that his parents give the baby more attention than him. Therefore he begins to terrorize his family. Written by
Manhattan couple Brad (Sam Rockwell) and Abby Cairn (Vera Farmiga) welcome new baby girl Lilly. He's a high-powered investment broker. Their 9-year-old Joshua is close to his uncle Ned Davidoff and not that happy with the new addition. Strange things happen driving Abby to the edge. Brad's religious mother Hazel Cairn is brought in to help but she clashes with the couple.
This is ultimately too slow and too familiar. The devil child has been a horror trope for a long time. It's obvious right from the start with Joshua's appearance. After that, there are no surprises and nothing shocking. There are no iconic visuals. It is well-acted. The story functions but it's all been done before.
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