The Unborn

The Unborn

The Unborn

This possession-based horror produced by Transformers FX-maniac Michael Bay sees a young girl locked in a battle with an evil spirit called a dybbuk. Dybbuks inhabit people’s bodies so they can remain in the realm of the living and physically manifest themselves. The girl is played by Odette Yustman, best known for her role in Cloverfield, while Gary Oldman (Sid & Nancy, Dracula and lots more) plays Rabbi Sendak, who attempts to exorcise the nasty little blighter. Writer-director David S. Goyer also wrote the stories for The Dark Knight and Batman Begins.

2009Rating: M, contains horror scenes87 minsUSA
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Variety

Variety

press

Whereas Japanese horror movies have been criticized for not making sense, The Unborn errs on the opposite extreme, coming off all the more ridiculous for over-explaining itself.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

Director David S Goyer is reduced to yawn-worthy jump-scares and recycled Exorcist gags to do his dirty work.

1.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

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The film teeters so perilously and routinely at the edge of camp, both with some of its casting choices and some unfortunate dialogue (the repeated warning that "Jumby wants to be born now"), that it's hard to know if Mr. Goyer wants to make us howl with fear or laughter.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Mostly, though, the movie is something of a snooze, a gabby PG-13 horror flick whose most shocking image might be the bored look on Gary Oldman's face as he goes through the motions of playing the rabbi in charge of dispatching the film's damnable demon to somewhere over hell's rainbow.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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What finally undoes the struggle to maintain suspense is Goyer's dialogue, which is consistently hokey.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Despite some massive flaws and a disappointing over-reliance on jump scares, The Unborn is comfortably the best entry yet from Platinum Dunes, Michael Bay’s previously remake-happy horror production outfit.

3.0
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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Written and directed by David S Goyer, The Unborn is not so much a coherent movie, as Goyer showing us what happens if you string together a bunch of shots and scenes - but none of the ideas - from earlier, better, films than this.

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Don't judge a dybbuk by its cover! Sorry, couldn't resist. Admit it, you miss me.

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Watching this in the cinema, is so scary it's not funny. Every scene has a moment that makes your body chill, and the effects are stunningly scary.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Whereas Japanese horror movies have been criticized for not making sense, The Unborn errs on the opposite extreme, coming off all the more ridiculous for over-explaining itself.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Director David S Goyer is reduced to yawn-worthy jump-scares and recycled Exorcist gags to do his dirty work.

1.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The film teeters so perilously and routinely at the edge of camp, both with some of its casting choices and some unfortunate dialogue (the repeated warning that "Jumby wants to be born now"), that it's hard to know if Mr. Goyer wants to make us howl with fear or laughter.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Mostly, though, the movie is something of a snooze, a gabby PG-13 horror flick whose most shocking image might be the bored look on Gary Oldman's face as he goes through the motions of playing the rabbi in charge of dispatching the film's damnable demon to somewhere over hell's rainbow.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

What finally undoes the struggle to maintain suspense is Goyer's dialogue, which is consistently hokey.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Despite some massive flaws and a disappointing over-reliance on jump scares, The Unborn is comfortably the best entry yet from Platinum Dunes, Michael Bay’s previously remake-happy horror production outfit.

3.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Written and directed by David S Goyer, The Unborn is not so much a coherent movie, as Goyer showing us what happens if you string together a bunch of shots and scenes - but none of the ideas - from earlier, better, films than this.

0

Don't judge a dybbuk by its cover! Sorry, couldn't resist. Admit it, you miss me.

0

Watching this in the cinema, is so scary it's not funny. Every scene has a moment that makes your body chill, and the effects are stunningly scary.

4.0
0