Orphan is a 2009 horror thriller movie directed by Jaume Collet-Serra starring Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, CCH Pounder, Jimmy Bennett in lead roles. A orphan girl causing trouble to the family has not been welcomed by many and generated much controversy already.
[ReviewAZON asin=”B0021L8UQ2″ display=”inlinepost”]The film centers on a couple who, after the death of their infant child, adopt a young girl who may be hiding behind her sweet facade. Orphan was produced by Joel Silver and Susan Downey of Dark Castle Entertainment and Leonardo DiCaprio of Appian Way Productions. The film was released theatrically in the United States on July 24, 2009
Genres: Suspense/Horror and Thriller
Running Time: 2 hr. 3 min.
Release Date: July 24th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for disturbing violent content, some sexuality and language.
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, CCH Pounder, Jimmy Bennett
Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra
Produced by: Don Carmody, Steve Richards (III), Joel Silver
Orphan (2009) Review by CT Reporter Shrabanti Basu, USA
Orphan is a 2009 English thriller movie with a slight horror component. It is about a family adopting an orphan after losing a baby and eventually the adopted girl tears the family apart.
Kate and John Coleman (Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard) adopts a 9 year old girl Esther (Issabelle Fuhrman) after losing an infant with the great cause of giving their love to someone who really needs it. The family already has two kids, Daniel (Jimmy Bennett), a young boy and Max (Aryana Engineer) a little girl who is deaf. Kate is currently going through psychological counseling to overcome the trauma of losing a child. She starts an excellent relationship with Esther, but it gradually turns into a pathetic torture.
Esther comes from an orphanage and is originally from Russia. He has a mournful past- her house being destroyed in fire and her family getting killed, Esther came to the orphanage and stayed there under the care of sister Abigail. Esther is not much welcome by Daniel, but becomes friends with Max. Her foster parents are nice to her, too. But it is not long before problems start. Esther pushes a little girl at the playground for having been rude to her. Max sees the whole thing and testifies against her, which Esther denies. On her visit to the Coleman’s house Sister Abigail promises Kate to pull up some more information about Esther’s past. Esther could not afford her past to be found out. When the sister leaves in her car, Esther waits outside and kills her. Max is the witness of the whole thing, but she has known by now that telling the truth would bring her the same fate. She keeps mum when Esther hides the lethal weapon in Daniel’s tree house. When Esther is seen by Daniel coming down the tree house, she horrifies him with a knife and threatens him. Later when he discovers her secret weapon, she does not hesitate to blame Max equally as her accomplice. She also locks him in the tree house and sets it on fire.
All this time and later no one has had any proof of her doings, except Kate realizing that something always goes wrong around Esther. She brings in trouble where ever she goes. Esther even takes off oxygen mask from Daniel’s mouth in the hospital to kill him, and go unnoticed by everyone. She is just perfect at every crime. And she can be self destructive too to get her daddy. John is the only one in the family who thinks that there may be some other logical explanations for the misfortunes going around the family. And he pays for thinking like that at the end.
One night when Daniel and Kate are in hospital, Esther dresses up in attractive clothes and tries to make love with her beloved daddy. When he does not do it, she gets violent. It is the same night when Kate gets a phone call from Russia from which she comes to know that Esther is not a child. She has a 33 year old lady with a very very uncommon disease-her body does not grow, but her mind does. She has been the most violent patient in the mental hospital, where they had to keep her tied all the time. She wore wristbands and necklaces all the time to hide those scars. The doctor also tells her that she has previously killed her other foster fathers and hence John is not safe at home with her adopted daughter. Kate calls John time and again asking him to leave the house, but it is already too late. The sick killer within Esther is at loose and voracious than ever, after being sexually rejected by a man. There is a cold hide and seek game between the predators and the prey. John gets stabbed several time, but Kate manages to come back from hospital and fights her off and least saves Max.
The storyline of Orphan is good, but the story telling lacks binding property in the later portions. The movie loses suspense as the story proceeds. The strange fact about Esther is certainly new but is not much cultured in the movie. We wanted some more on her past and a few flash backs would have been great, too.
It is mainly the later parts of the movie and the treatments there that counts for the average score of the film despite its good thriller and drama components in the beginning. Ether’s shocking activities lose their charm by the time we are in the middle of the movie, and that is where some directorial innovations could have come in. There were not much ups and down in the story in the later parts. Kate’s several attempts to convince John about Esther fail and he realizes nothing till he gets stabbed – this is something very bland.
The children characters are a big achievement of the film. It is not just the grown-ups’ world, the kids have their own world too, where they have their own set of problems, their realizations and insecurities. They can feel that there are some problems that even the grown-ups cannot help them with.
Esther is perfect at everything- playing the piano, taking to people, convincing a psychiatrist, and killing humans and animals without leaving a trace behind, fracturing her own her arm. She can also talk in sign language. Everything combinedly is a bit bizzare.
A good story with a mixed way of telling it, but may be worth watching once.
More information about the film is available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orphan_(film)
Sometimes there’s nothing scarier than a little kid–and Orphan will introduce us to Esther, one of the scariest of them all. Without much in the way of star power this one’s going to be counting on sheer thrills to generate its success.
When a young couple adopts an adorable nine year old girl, she seems downright heaven sent. But this little angel’s halo is looking downright crooked–is she as innocent as she seems? Brace yourselves–here comes the trailer!
Watch the Trailer of “Orphan” 2009 Horror Film online
The tragic loss of their unborn child has devastated Kate and John, taking a toll on both their marriage and Kate’s fragile psyche as she is plagued by nightmares and haunted by demons from her past. Struggling to regain some semblance of normalcy in their lives, the couple decides to adopt another child. At the local orphanage, both John and Kate find themselves strangely drawn to a young girl named Esther. Almost as soon as they welcome Esther into their home, however, an alarming series of events begins to unfold, leading Kate to believe that there’s something wrong with Esther–this seemingly angelic little girl is not what she appears to be. Concerned for the safety of her family, Kate tries to get John and others to see past Esther’s sweet facade. But her warnings go unheeded until it may be too late-for everyone.