Orphan (2009) is an American psychological mystery thriller horror movie that had a budget of $20 million and earned over $78 million worldwide. Orphan won the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film award in 2010 for the category, International Feature Length Competition Golden Raven. The movie revolves around a married couple whose unborn child dies, and they in return adopted a 9-year-old girl that appears to be not the average orphaned child like most others. Director Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown (2011), Non-Stop (2014), House of Wax (2005)) flourished in his execution of this sad, horrifying screenplay. The movie contains sexual content, bloody violence, bad language, drug use, frightening scenes, suspense, thrills, twist and a sitting on the edge of your seat experience.
Kate (Vera Farmiga - The Conjuring (2013), The Departed (2006), Up in the Air (2009), Source Code (2011)) and her husband John Coleman are devastated. John (Peter Sarsgaard - Jarhead (2005), Green Lantern (2011), Flightplan (2005)) and Kate started having marital problems after the third child was stillborn. Kate is a recovering from alcoholism and cannot keep herself together after the loss of her child. Kate and John thought that adopting a child might help them in many ways. They adopted Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman - The Hunger Games (2012), A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures (2010), Hounddog (2007)) who is 9-year-old and is from a local orphanage. The couple’s two other children are their daughter Max (Aryana Engineer - Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)) who is deaf and their son Daniel. Max welcomed Esther with open arms as Daniel (Jimmy Bennett - Hostage (2005), Star Trek (2009), The Amityville Horror (2005)) is reluctant and distant.
Kate grew suspicious of Esther after a few bizarre events and confirms her suspicions after Sister Abigail, who is the head of the orphanage spoke to her. Sister Abigail (CCH Pounder - Avatar (2009), The Shield (2002), Face/Off (1997)) told Kate that trouble and bad things happen wherever Esther is. Esther overhears the conversation, and her evil ways are shortly revealed. John does not believe that anything disturbing is wrong with Esther and does not listen to Kate about her worries for the family. Kate began investigating and found Esther’s Bible that revealed where she was really from and made Kate dig deeper into her investigation. After a few more tragic events caused by Esther, Kate is sedated at the hospital while, Daniel is in the hospital, and John takes Esther and Max home. Will John and Max live through the night with Esther to see the next day? Will Kate rescue her family? Is Kate wrong about Esther and is overwhelmingly devastated over the loss of her baby to the point that she does not want to love another human being? Is Kate hallucinating or is Esther dangerous?
The movie was a great watch from the beginning through the end with many great twists and surprises that will leave you amazed. The film was excellent in many ways if you overlook the goof and minor plotholes. The actors all did a wonderful job with their respective roles and could not have been better. The special effects were spectacular and enhanced the movie to be thrilling and a sitting on the edge of your seat entertainment. Overall, I would recommend all open minded horror fans who loves a good thriller to watch this movie. Fans must have an open mind while viewing this film because the adoption and orphanage subject line can be touchy for many viewers.
About Orphan 2009
Starring: CCH Pounder, Karel Roden, Rosemary Dunsmore, Peter Sarsgaard, Vera Farmiga, Andrew Shaver, Jimmy Bennett, Lorry Ayers, Genelle Williams, Isabelle Fuhrman, Jamie Young, Brendan Wall, Mustafa Abdelkarim, Landon Norris, Julien Elia, Leni Parker, Gemma James Smith, Pia Ajango, Matthew Raudsepp, Sugith Varughese, Luis Olivia, Ferelith Young, Zack Kifell, Margo Martindale, Aryana Engineer
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra