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"The Unborn" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

Casey Beldon (Megan Fox- err I mean Odette Yustman, seriously they look like twins) is having dreams about a possessed boy, a dog, and an unborn fetus in a jar. While babysitting a boy and his baby sister, the boy hits her in the face with a mirror. The next morning she sees the same little boy standing in the driveway, staring at her.   Casey then begins to be haunted by an evil spirit telling her, "Jumby wants to be born."  The following day she learns that she had a twin that died in-utero. The umbilical chord had gotten twisted around her twin brother's throat.  This leads Casey to investigate further into her family and she comes across an older woman, Sofi, who turns out to be her grandmother.  She tells Casey that she too is a twin. Her twin brother had died from Nazi experiments during World War II in Auschwitz.  A dybbuk brought her brother back to life to use as a portal into the world of the living. Sofi killed her twin to stop the spirit, and now it haunts her family for revenge. Sofi tells Casey to seek out Rabbi Sendak (Gary Oldman) for help with an exorcism.

 

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 2009, Color, Unrated, 1 Hr 29 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: VC-1
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Odette Yustman, Gary Oldman
  • Directed by David S. Goyer
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  • Violence: Gore
  • Sex: Suggestive
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

Some brilliant performances by Odette and Gary really bring this movie to life.  There were moments where I felt the dybbuk was real and in my house.  Well, ok, not quite. The Unborn uses every horror cliche in the book, close camera shots, sudden loud music, dark scenes, creepy kids, you name it and its used in this movie.  Along for the ride is a tired story that does nothing to save this movie. The Unborn is one of the weakest horror movies I have seen in recent memory.

Technical

The VC1 encoded transfer is very good. Deep blacks and crisp details. The audio track is solid too and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Extras

A couple deleted scenes and that's it.