#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Kate and John Coleman are rebuilding their troubled marriage after the loss of their baby. The couple decide to adopt a child. When they meet the nine-year-old Estonian girl, Esther, at the St. Marina Orphanage, they immediately fall in love with the well-educated orphan. Their young son, Daniel, is hostile to his new sister; but their deaf mute daughter, Max, is enchanted with her – at first. Eventually, Kate begins to feel that Esther is manipulative and possibly even psychologically disturbed. John refuses to listen to his wife’s misgivings. Kate calls Sister Abigail at the orphanage, and the nun informs her that Esther has a troubled and mysterious history. Kate delves further into Esther’s past and discovers she is not what she claims to be.
Plot: After losing their baby, a married couple adopt 9-year old Esther, who may not be as innocent as she seems.
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Finally a GOOD HORROR FILM. Good film period.
Finally, a horror film about adults. Adults with complex issues and children that act like children and not hyper precocious sex models. The reason to see this film isn’t to find out the over advertised ” Esther’s secret” of the film (a MAJOR misstep in marketing. Too many people now enter the film trying to figure out the “secret” before they normally would have been surprised), but rather to see a well-acted (extremely well acted by Vera F.)slow-building suspense story with excellent direction and cinematography. John Ottman’s score also serves the film well, without becoming overpowering in signaling this is a “creepy” film. The actress who plays Esther shows a skill in performance that makes one think we may actually have another Jodie Foster to keep an eye on. This film works because we LIKE the characters (Rob Zombie please take note!) and fear for them and their survival. Dark Castle’s best film, and it gives one hope that the horror/suspense genre still can be presented with intelligence and depth. Hollywood take note: we don’t want a xerox of this film, but we do want more films that share this films strenghts: good script, likable real characters, excellent acting and nice, tension building direction.
Good idea, (some) good acting, poor execution
I went into this film really wanting to love it. And I can honestly say that certain aspects of it I DID love.
First the good: The basic premise is interesting. Captivating, actually. And the “twist” ending certainly comes as a surprise, thanks in large part to an absolutely stunning performance by the titular child actress. She pulls of a VERY creepy blend of smothered maturity with a sort of innocence.
Most of the acting is more than passable, particularly on the part of the other children in the film.
Where the problems come in is with motivation and plot depth. The writers felt the need to include a “troubled relationship” as the basis for this particular family unit. However, they went overboard and in the end created a completely dysfunctional relationship between the parents.
Where this creates a serious problem is with the supposed adoption. This couple should, and would, have been refused as potential candidates for adoption. The previously lost child, the alcoholism issues in the past, and infidelity, were all serious stumbling blocks to this end.
The writers also felt the need to write the father character as a total jerk… hey, let’s not mince words. What happens in the end, well, I almost felt it was well-deserved.
Another problem with the characterizations is that these two adults were so obviously NOT ideal parent material. How many parents could look their child in the eyes and say “are you sure that no one did anything bad to you?” and NOT recognize the look of sheer terror in that child’s face?
There are people who WILL be very queasy and uncomfortable towards the end of this film. There is definitely material there that makes you question the sexualization of children in our society.
So a 6 out of 10.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 3 min (123 min)
Genre Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Director Jaume Collet-Serra
Writer David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (screenplay), Alex Mace (story)
Actors Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, CCH Pounder
Country USA, Canada, Germany, France
Awards 1 win & 7 nominations.
Production Company Dark Castle Entertainment, Appian Way
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Cooke S4 Lenses, Arriflex 435, Panavision Primo Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL, Panavision Primo Lenses
Laboratory Pacific Title & Art Studio, Hollywood (CA), USA (digital intermediate), Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints)
Film Length 3,239 m (Portugal, 35 mm), 3,425 m (Finland)
Negative Format 35 mm (Fuji Eterna 250T 8553, Eterna 250D 8563, Eterna 500T 8573, Reala 500D 8592)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Spherical (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 2383), D-Cinema