Unrated DVD Edition
Written and Directed by David Goyer
Starring Odette Yustman, Gary Oldman, Idris Elba, Meagan Good
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Release Date: July 7, 2009
Casey (Odette Yustman) seems to have a great life. She has a great good looking boyfriend (Cam Gigandet), a hot friend (Meagan Good), and a nice dad (James Remar). Plus, she is terribly good looking, too. She seems to have it all but I doubt you would want to trade places with her. It seems that this pretty little lady is haunted in her dreams by her unborn twin brother. Apparently during childbirth, her umbilical chord wrapped around her bro’s neck, killing him in the womb. Turns out her undead brother holds a grudge and is bringing some demonic buddies to exact revenge on his sis in this horror movie written and directed by David S. Goyer.
Goyer, best known for the Blade movies and Batman Begins, weaves a by the book horror movie. Hottie girl plagued by a supernatural evil? Check. Scary monsters and demons? Check? Finale with exorcism and high body count? Check and check. It is not anything that you haven’t seen before and Goyer never once tries to reinvent the genre, but that is not the point. The whole point of the movie is to deliver a story that is interesting and scary at the same time and it more or less fills those requirements on more than one occasion.
Goyer’s directing skill is present and while is not a stylish or dynamic as a Michael Mann film, he does his job. There are some nice shots and some scary scenes sprinkled into the mix. He also has a pretty good eye in terms of how he chooses to frame and shoot a scene. I especially love how he shoots the opening scene where Yustman is jogging on a bridge. It looks gorgeous.
And while some people might pan him for focusing on Yustman’s
good bits physical assets in many of the night scenes, you really can’t blame the guy. Yustman is a very beautiful girl and this is a horror movie. How many horror movies have you seen where the girl is not objectified? If showing Yustman in her skimpy underpants brings in the dollars, (which it did since the movie made $75 million on a $16 million dollar budget), why not?
Yustman’s last scene in The Unborn is believable as the protagonist being haunted. Does her acting skill teeter from decent to satisfactory? Yes, but she really doesn’t need to do much other than look scared and scream a lot. The rest of the main cast, a young unnaturally good looking bunch, more or less does what they are paid to do. No standout performances here but then again, they are just bodies for the demon to beat up and kill anyways. Although, I do want to point out some nice performances from actors Idris Elba and Gary Oldman as a priest and rabbi assisting in the exorcism. I am a huge fan of both actors from their works on The Wire and The Professional , respectively.
The DVD is rather light on extras though. There are only deleted scenes and an unrated version of the movie. The unrated version and the theater version is pretty much the same, with a minute difference between the two. I doubt anyone can actually tell the difference.
The Unborn is yet another horror movie in a long line of factory made horror movies. The scares are the same and the acting is pretty much decent at best but that is not a terrible thing. If you are a fan of this type of movie, there is enough in The Unborn to deserve at least a rental at a Blockbuster or a Netflix.