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on 25 January 2017
A psychological horror thriller, Case 39 apparently bombed at the box office when it was released in 2010.
I found the film to be a pretty acceptable old-school horror, in many ways harking back to those of the late 70s and early 80s; there are elements from some of the classics of that era which inevitably makes it derivative, but it's by no means a bad film.
A lot rests on the performance of the young Jodelle Ferland as Lillith, the child apparently in danger from her own parents, prompting social worker Emily (Renée Zellweger) to temporarily take her into her home; Ferland plays “creepy kid” quite well and the surrounding adult cast provide good support; for the most part they aren't around for long – the relationship between Lillith and Emily is the main focus right to the end of the tale.
Like most movies of this genre, suspension of disbelief is a requirement on the part of the viewer – accept that and it's an entertaining enough watch. It's fairly predictable if you know how these movies work, but enjoyable nevertheless.
I certainly preferred this approach to the current trend in horror flicks that rely on cheap, sudden shocks or visceral gore (devices that have a place in the art-form, but have become a bit over-used).
Worth a watch; it`s no classic, but no embarrassment to it`s director and cast either.
The DVD extras consist of four short behind the scenes documentaries totalling about 20 minutes (three of them highlighting special effects) and 30 minutes of deleted scenes (including an alternative ending).
3 ½ stars, ideally.