Bless the Child (2000) Movie Review

Bless the Child (2000)

2000 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Crime
107 minutes /

User Score: 70/100

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Bless the Child Review


Omens and concepts of good vs. evil have no place in Maggie O'Connor's well-ordered, practical universe...

Director Chuck Russell (The Scorpion King, Eraser, The Mask) did a good job directing this thriller horror movie but The Mask was the best movie to be directed by him. Bless the Child (2000) contains violence, bad language, gore, religion, Satan worshipping, kids being murdered, cults and suspense. I do not recommend this movie to people who do not like to see kids being sacrificed in rituals and might be offended by reference to the Christian religion and Satan.

The movie is about good versus evil, God vs. the Devil, demonic creatures, angels, what prayer can do and how the faith of a child can help us resist Satan. Maggie O’Connor (Kim Basinger - Batman (1989), 8 Mile, Cellular) was a workaholic at a New York hospital until her sister Jenna O’Connor (Angela Bettis - Carrie (2002), Toolbox Murders, May) abandoned her newborn autistic baby girl Cody. Maggie took care of her niece and treated her as the daughter she never had. Maggie adores Cody and saw that Cody has special powers that can move things around and heal people. Jenna is engaged to cult leader Eric Stark (Rufus Sewell - Dark City, A Knight’s Tale, The Holiday) but thinks he is a famous author who loves kids. He persuaded sober and clean Jenna to go and take back her daughter who is now seven years old. Eric wants to use Cody’s power to summon the Devil because her powers can be used to save or destroy mankind. Jenna and Eric kidnapped Cody after Maggie refuses to give her over to them.

John Travis (Jimmy Smits - Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, NYPD Blue) is an FBI agent who specializes in crimes related to occults and ritual homicide. Cody O’Connor (Holliston Coleman - Dinner with Friends, Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch, Miss Lettie and Me) disappearance interest John after he discovers that Cody shares the same birth date as other missing kids. The other missing kids were used in satanic ritual and found dead with burnt symbols on their bodies. John and Maggie would do anything to get back Cody and watch the movie to see what they did.

The ending of the movie was awesome but a shocker as well because it was not family oriented anymore. The actors were on point and did a great job with their roles.

About Bless the Child (2000)

Title: Bless the Child
Year: 2000
Runtime: 107 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Crime
Score: 3 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.5/5 stars from 27 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 27
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Brian Steele, Ian Holm, Matt Birman, Christina Ricci, Eugene Lipinski, Roman Podhora, Dan Duran, Elisabeth Rosen, Todd Schroeder, Christopher Marren, Rufus Sewell, Peter Mensah, Anne Betancourt, David Sparrow, Kim Basinger, John Healy, Jimmy Smits, Angela Bettis, Neville Edwards, Michael Gaston, Dwayne McLean, Vince Corazza, Sandi Stahlbrand, Christopher Redman, Matthew Lemche, Gary Hudson, Marcia Bennett, Michael Copeman, Kelvin Wheeler, John Shepherd
Writers: Cathy Cash Spellman, Thomas Rickman, Clifford Green, Ellen Green
Director: Chuck Russell

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