Review: Orphan

Orphan (2009)

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Writers: David Johnson Alex Mace

Vera Farmiga… Kate Coleman
Peter Sarsgaard… John Coleman
Isabelle Fuhrman… Esther
CCH Pounder… Sister Abigail
Jimmy Bennett… Daniel Coleman
Margo Martindale… Dr. Browning
Karel Roden… Dr. Värava
Aryana Engineer… Max Coleman

The tragic loss of their unborn child has devastated Kate and John, taking a toll on both their marriage and Kate’s fragile psyche as she is plagued by nightmares and haunted by demons from her past. Struggling to regain some semblance of normalcy in their lives, the couple decides to adopt a child. At the local orphanage, both John and Kate find themselves strangely drawn to a young girl named Esther. Almost as soon as they welcome Esther into their home, however, an alarming series of events begins to unfold, leading Kate to believe that there’s something wrong with Esther–this seemingly angelic little girl is not what she appears to be. Concerned for the safety of her family, Kate tries to get John and others to see past Esther’s sweet facade. But her warnings go unheeded until it may be too late-for everyone.

– Synopsis from the Official Orphan website.

A lazy Sunday afternoon, my friend (‘Apu’) and I decided to watch the horror flick Orphan after being intrigued by the trailer and hearing only good things about it. I love my horror movies… no matter how scary or cheesy they may be.

Personally, I get scared by anything; even by the predictable-scary movie… But Orphan was on a whole ‘nother level. Without saying anymore, Orphan WAS that cheesy horror movie. I don’t think I can remember laughing so much from a ‘horror’ movie in my life. And I wasn’t alone — the entire theater had a good laugh for all two-hours. Not because it was supposed to be a comedy, but the creepy events that surrounds Esther is just hilarious.

The first ten minutes however was promising. The opening sequence was based on thrill and suspense, and not just cheap scare tricks. I can’t exactly pinpoint the moment when the film turned cheesy, but it happened gradually eventually becoming silly.

On the upside, the acting and cinematography was great. One of the taglines for this movie is that you’ll never guess her secret. That’s pretty much true. The twist at the end of the movie was amazing; however, it didn’t really have anything to do with the plot.

Nonetheless, we had a great time. It was a good movie in a sense that we enjoyed ourselves, got creeped out here & there, and it wasn’t a crappy movie. Enjoyable, but not too much of a horror film.

  • “That girl is sick!”  –‘Apu’ on Esther
  • “Peter Sarsgaard plays the dumbest dad in the history of dads.”  -canucklehead07
  • “Thanks buddy, for wasting two hours of my life that I’ll never get back.”  -Teenage boy who sat behind us.
  • “Haha! That was pretty amazing.”  -Lady in front of us.
  • canucklehead07’s rating: 2.5/5

Watch the trailer for Orphan here:


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