A psychologist engages a dangerous, young genius in a battle of wits -- unaware of the supernatural power the girl possesses, or that her life hangs in the balance.A psychologist engages a dangerous, young genius in a battle of wits -- unaware of the supernatural power the girl possesses, or that her life hangs in the balance.A psychologist engages a dangerous, young genius in a battle of wits -- unaware of the supernatural power the girl possesses, or that her life hangs in the balance.
Now the movie itself. At the risk of others probably pointing out the same things: Jurassic Park technician. Typical military booger-head. Female high-command-but-mothering type. Good-guy psychologist (actually rather well-acted). Totally wooden-performance PHD. Token throw-in-another-race acting part, completely unnecessary to the plot. Hannibal Lector rip-off (do they really use such devices? Probably, dunno). Emotional yet poorly-directed climax.
Despite all that, fairly decent ending, again due to fairly good acting. A movie that has a decent ending can be forgiven somewhat for its flaws.
Basic problem: in several places the vocalization by the child actress and poor sound editing makes it very difficult to understand what she's saying.
Some rave about the young girl's acting. In reality, what does it take to quote memorized lines with an unemotional face? When it comes down to the real acting near the end her performance falls flat. I accrue that to the director, not the actor. The scene could have been directed and filmed in a more convincing manner. The actor redeems herself in the final scene, but just barely.
I give this 5 stars because while mediocre and cliche, it does remain entertaining throughout. Some of the more jaded and critical viewers are far too harsh on this (it is by no means SyFy channel bad). Many give it far too much credit; such reviews (as previously stated) are repeatedly unbelievable. It's an interesting watch.
Major thumbs down for the totally gratuitous singular F-bomb; that is a contrivance of writers and directors relying on schlock because they're concerned the movie isn't strong enough to stand on its own. I was unaware of the "TV-MA" rating before watching it. This singular use was the only reason for such; nothing else in the movie would rate it above TV-13.
It's not a good movie, not a bad movie. There are better. There a far, far worse.It was almost-decent... and that's the shame of it. With a little better directing and a bit less cliche it could have been much better.
- Apr 9, 2018