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)
Starring: Brian Steele, Ian Holm, Matt Birman, Eugene Lipinski, Dan Duran, Christina Ricci, Peter Mensah, Anne Betancourt, Todd Schroeder, David Sparrow, Roman Podhora, Angela Bettis, Christopher Marren, Michael Gaston, Jimmy Smits, Arnold Pinnock, Christopher Redman, Dwayne McLean, Vince Corazza, Yan Birch, John Healy, Rufus Sewell, Neville Edwards, Sandi Stahlbrand, Elisabeth Rosen, John Shepherd, Gary Hudson, Norma Edwards, Meredith McGeachie, Jonathan Malen
Director: Chuck Russell
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