Devoted social worker Emily (Renée Zellweger) fights to save a 10-year-old girl from her abusive parents, only to discover that the situation is far deadlier than she ever expected in this psychological thriller. Ian McShane and Bradley Cooper also star in the thriller from Antibodies director Christian Alvart.
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BY Andreas Heinemann Flicks Writer
Here’s a film that takes a shot at being both a thriller and a horror but doesn’t really nail either. Starting off with a fairly generic horror set up, it moves into some interesting psychological thriller complications in the middle stages before reverting back to a bog-standard horror finale that falls flat.
The main culprit is the botched attempts at building suspense, which miss the mark at the most important moments. There are some well executed examples of frightening gore sprinkled liberally throughout, but they are just intermittent diversions from a plot wheezing with cliches like creepy kids and possessed technology. Meanwhile, the score overplays its hand and frequently comes off as blunt and intrusive.
Renee Zellweger toils away honestly but she’s fighting a losing battle in terms of drama, while Bradley Cooper is a bad casting decision (although he gets spectacularly chewed out in one scene). Neither is helped by the unimaginative direction and the special effects that are used could have done with a bigger budget.