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The Unborn

Mirrors and Scary Children

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars.

Honestly, there’s not much more to say about this film than what you can get from the trailer. Despite being written and directed by David Goyer (Batman Begins, Blade), it’s just another campy, sub-par horror movie with a hot girl that relies on roaring ghosts and blatant suspense.

There’s some sort of story that we’re supposed to be following, but I’m still not quite sure what that is. I know that it has to do with a spirit that isn’t allowed through the gates of Heaven so it wanders the Earth searching for a body to inhabit. It seems this “ghost” has been haunting Casey’s (Odette Yustman) family and drove her mother to suicide. Of course, the story begins during World War II in a concentration camp where they did genetic tests on twins, which Casey’s grandmother and great-uncle were subject to as kids.

Her great-uncle died and was soon inhabited by this “ghost” or spirit, or whatever. So, what does this have to do with something being “unborn” you ask? I’m not quite sure. It turns out Casey had a twin brother that died in the womb, apparently after this thing tried to take over his body. Now, of course, it’s after her.

Like many films that have been released within the horror genre during the past decade, the plot is ridiculous and is just barely held together long enough for something to jump out of a wall, or as originally as Goyer is, a mirror. Yustman is just another anorexic, plastic actress who is the poor man’s Meghan Fox (and even she is something to be desired).

The only real emotion I had was feeling embarrassed for the respected Gary Oldman to be a part of this train wreck. I would say it’s for the money, but after Batman Begins and The Dark Knight I’m sure he isn’t in need of some quick cash. Rather, I think he’s just friends with Goyer due to the latter’s involvement with Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise. Either way, this film will soon disappear into the depths of video rentals and just become another blip in his IMDB page never to be spoken of again. Goyer and the rest of the cast should hope for the same.