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on 20 July 2017
Good film
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on 13 April 2017
Good thanks
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on 27 November 2014
great film
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My Thoughts: I was very stoked when I heard that Case 39 had FINALLY been released after it having had an incredibly prolonged on-again-off-again release schedule (something like two years?), but upon watching the film I found that the few years I had eagerly waited for the release of this film had been more or less been building myself up for something that was very disappointing in the end.

The story had more or less already been done in films like "Orphan" and "The Omen", and there was very little here that was scary or vaguely intriguing to a horror fans (you'll recognise all the usual cliches, all the same dialogue, all the same scares). After what seemed like an almost promising start, the movie fairly crawled along in a turtles pace while the audience waits for something remotely interesting to occur, and by the time the film DOES begin to pick up again, I found I'd already lost interest and was only watching the end for the sake of seeing it the whole way through.

Performances here were incredibly below par, and to be honest, every actor seemed to be stuck in that hell of being miscast. Renee Zellweger is a wonderful actress, but she is not under any circumstances a scream queen and struggles to portray the character she plays, and British actors Ian McShane and Adrian Lester were horribly wrongly cast as American and you are completely aware of their accents and care very little about the characters.

All in all, would suggest this as only a last resort rental rather than an impulse buy from what looked to be a fairly good trailer. If you're looking for a similar story with a better twist, you'd be more suited to something like "Orphan". Will also note for parents sensitive to references to child abuse or children being hurt, this may be a film that will be hard to swallow and should perhaps be avoided.

The Story: Emily, a sweet-natured and deeply passionate social worker throws herself into her work convinced that a young damaged girl known as Lillith is being mistreated and neglected by her edgy and seemingly disturbed parents. After Lillith is saved by Emily from her seemingly insane parents and what seems to be a clearly abusive home, Emily is propositioned by the girl to become her foster parent.

At first, Emily is reluctant to become personally involved but soon is charmed by Lilith's sweet personality and charming helplessness and decides to take her in temporarily while waiting for a rehoming situation. As Lillith imposes herself on Emily's life more and more, Emily begins to realise that Lillith is not all that she had seemed and that perhaps, deep down, there is something more to her that is darker than anyone had realised. Are Lily's parents really crazy or is there some deeper and much darker thing at the bottom of it all?
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on 16 September 2014
very good film.
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on 16 July 2015
If you don't read the box, you will still know the entire plot about 10 minutes into the movie. Rene plays a savvy case worker. She is overloaded with 38 cases when she is given case 39, about a 10 year old girl named Lilith a dead evil name give away. Rene ends up rescuing the girl from parents that are attempting to Hansel and Gretel her to death. Lilith stays with Rene (Emily) until she can get a foster home. While Rene is picking up stuff at the little girl's home she notices large dead bolts on the inside of her parent's door. At this point the plot is fairly well established and you can guess the rest of the film.

The acting was superb. Jodelle Ferland was excellent, with the highlight being the scene with Rene's smug boyfriend. "How did you answer number 12?" Sweet.

There were no great twists in the plot, not really a surprise ending. These were really needed to distinguish this movie from other demon kid movies. Overall I would go 4 1/2 stars on the strength of the performances and good dialouge. Not for parents with 10 year old girls who think they are possessed.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 14 July 2015
I liked it; it was fairly obvious where it was going minutes into the film and confirmed not long after but it was an entertaining passive ride to its conclusion. Not scary per se but the odd skin crawling or shocking moment; seeing a young girl being taped into an oven is quite a shocking scenario to witness regardless of context.
Anyway as if family social work wasn't difficult enough a bit of demon is thrown into the mix. I thought Zellweger was ok, she's not the most expressive of actors but was fine though completely overshadowed by the little girl who did a great job. Some gravitas added from Ian McShane who enhances any production just by appearing on screen and Mark Lester who was a bit under utilised. There are some good set pieces and nice pieces of dialogue but it is all about establishing a growing sense of unease and characterisation. Not sure if there were plot holes or if bits were deliberately left unanswered and ambiguous but I'm not necessarily a fan of joining all the dots anyway.
The extras on the disc are worth a watch. Asides from the initial back slapping one there's short extras on the various special effects. It's also worth watching some of the deleted scenes as I thought the death of one of the characters was better than the one they included in the film and I also preferred the tone of the alternate ending. It's good, it's not a hardcore horror by any standards but it's an entertaining watch if only for the performance of the young actress. Wouldn't suprise me if she's insufferable in real life though.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 19 December 2013
'Case 39' isn't all that scary if i'm honest, but it is suspenseful and thoroughly entertaining. It's unlikely that you'll scream at it, but you might jump at times.

The film revolves around biker chick social worker Emily (beautifully played by Renée Zellweger) who adopts ten-year old Lilith (played by Jodelle Ferland who has a string of film credits to her name including 'Silent Hill' and more recently 'Cabin in the Woods') after her parents try to roast her. At first the viewer feels sympathy for Lily, but it isn't long before the girl begins terrorising Emily, and the people closest to her, including her best friend, Douglas (played by Bradley Cooper) meet an unexpected end. Ian McShane also stars as Detective Mike Barron.

Lilith plays on people's emotions and it's only when she has them feeling threatened, that she can have them ending up dead. Although, without giving to much away about the movie, she is unable to get the better of her adopted mother towards the end.

In short, 'Case 39' is a good physiological thriller and very well acted from everyone involved. Jodelle Ferland is outstanding as Lily, effortlessly changing between the two roles of the sweet, innocent wide eyed little girl to the tiny demon who is capable of saying and doing the most horrible things.
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on 23 September 2013
If you don't read the box, you will still know the entire plot about 10 minutes into the movie. Rene plays a savvy case worker. She is overloaded with 38 cases when she is given case 39, about a 10 year old girl named Lillith [sic] a dead evil name give away. Rene ends up rescuing the girl from parents that are attempting to Hansel and Gretel her to death. Lilith stays with Rene (Emily) until she can get a foster home. While Rene is picking up stuff at the little girl's home she notices large dead bolts on the inside of her parent's door. At this point the plot is fairly well established and you can guess the rest of the film.

The acting was superb. Jodelle Ferland was excellent, with the highlight being the scene with Rene's smug boyfriend. "How did you answer number 12?" Sweet.

There were no great twists in the plot, not really a surprise ending. These were really needed to distinguish this movie from other demon kid movies. Overall I would go 4 1/2 stars on the strength of the performances and good dialouge. Not for parents with 10 year old girls who think they are possessed.
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on 10 June 2013
If you don't read the box, you will still know the entire plot about 10 minutes into the movie. Rene plays a savvy case worker. She is overloaded with 38 cases when she is given case 39, about a 10 year old girl named Lilith a dead evil name give away. Rene ends up rescuing the girl from parents that are attempting to Hansel and Gretel her to death. Lilith stays with Rene (Emily) until she can get a foster home. While Rene is picking up stuff at the little girl's home she notices large dead bolts on the inside of her parent's door. At this point the plot is fairly well established and you can guess the rest of the film.

The acting was superb. Jodelle Ferland was excellent, with the highlight being the scene with Rene's smug boyfriend. "How did you answer number 12?" Sweet.

There were no great twists in the plot, not really a surprise ending. These were really needed to distinguish this movie from other demon kid movies. Overall I would go 4 1/2 stars on the strength of the performances and good dialouge. Not for parents with 10 year old girls who think they are possessed.
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