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Thursday, February 18, 2010

[6.50/10] Case 39 (2009)


Case 39 (2009)

Short review: "Case 39" is about a social worker taking a young girl into her home, as the girl's parents tried to kill her. As a horror movie, "Case 39" delivers what it promises, which is scaring people. It creates a very creepy atmosphere that stays til the very end. Fortunately, the film doesn't rely on the 'jump scares' which so many horror movies depend on lately, although it has a few. The plot is good, as at first it makes you feel so sympathetic and sorry for the girl, then it slowly prepares you for something entirely different. Though Renee Zellweger is not particularly convincing as a social worker, she conveys her feeling of threat very well, making her stressed out character vivid. 15 year old Jodelle Micah, who has an unbelievable resume of acting credits for her age, is downright creepy playing a little girl who is perhaps nine or ten but who has the cunning of the devil himself. All in all, "Case 39" is far from great, but it's successful in creating a suspenseful atmosphere, full of threat and uncertainty, and it's quite entertaining.

  • My Rating: 6.50/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 11% (3.7/10)
  • IMDb: 6.3/10

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