Blessed (2004) is a British/Romanian drama thriller horror movie that I was hesitant to see but enjoyed watching it. Director Simon Fellows (Until Death (2007), 7 Seconds (2005), Second in Command (2006), Malice in Wonderland (2009)) did a fantastic job bringing us this entertaining suspenseful movie. The film contains sexual content, sexual references/language, bad language, violence, graphic images that might be disturbing to non-horror fans, fertility issues, intense scenes, and minor frights. I would see this movie again and love the emotional feel it gave me. As a mother, I can connect to the female character to an extent on why she wants to protect her baby although the baby might be a devil.
Blessed revolves around a young married couple that are residing in New York. Craig (James Purefoy - Solomon Kane (2009), John Carter (2012), A Knight’s Tale (2001), Ironclad (2011)) is an unpublished writer and is married to Samantha who is a school teacher. Samantha (Heather Graham - The Hangover (2009), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), From Hell (2001), Boogie Nights (1997)) and Craig are trying everything they can to have a baby. Samantha soon becomes diagnosed as infertile, and they cannot afford medical treatments that might give her a chance of conceiving. The Spiritus Research Clinic is a new clinic that has been unheard of and offers the couple free treatment in a small town named Lakeview that is only two hours away. The couple feels as though they are on a winning streak when Samantha becomes pregnant with twins, Craig’s book is now being published where it was turned down earlier, and the publisher is giving him a $100,000 in advance. Samantha soon suspects things are not what they appear to be and does not like Craig’s publishing partner.
After a few events, Father Carlo (Andy Serkis - Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Prestige (2006)) informed Samantha that she is unknowingly dealing with evil. Craig’s book publisher and the doctor/scientists are involved in the devil worshipping cult church, The New Light of Dawn. Father Carlo then told Samantha that she has to kill her baby because the devil will kidnap the baby after it is born and raise it as its own to destroy humanity. Samantha becomes angry and destroys the poison Father Carlo gave her. Watch the movie to see what happens next and all of the parts I skipped.
The actors all did a fantastic job with their roles, especially Heather Graham. Heather gave a believable performance. The sets were okay and nothing to talk about, but the lighting and special effects were magnificent. The music was fine, and the screenplay was splendid, it was good but had a few flaws that I did not mind. The movie was overall entertaining with the creepy stalker, a priest who tries to compel a mother to abort her baby and a mother that knows something is wrong but is afraid to admit it.
About Blessed (2004)
Starring: William Hootkins, Andy Serkis, Heather Graham, Gelu Nitu, Natalie Ester, James Purefoy, Constantin Florescu, Constantin Draganescu, Luana Stoica, Alan McKenna, Dan Sandulescu, Liviu Timus, Fionnula Flanagan, David Hemmings, Maria Pintea, Paul Grossman, Stella Stevens, Debora Weston, Radu Banzaru, Ovidiu Niculescu, Michael J. Reynolds, Tess Lynden-Bell, Victor Yila, Star Lynden-Bell, Adrian Cretu, Michele Gentille, Ilie Dobre, Florin Mateescu, Ines Matei, Clara Voda
Director: Simon Fellows