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a horror film written by David Goyer (2009)

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A talented writer...but a bad film.

  • Jan 18, 2009
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The famed writer of Dark Knight, David Goyer, brings us a film with an interesting plot...The Unborn. Though, as good as The Dark Knight was...The Unborn is bad. Maybe he was trying to balance the scales...create one great movie and one bad movie...I don't know. What I do know is that the newest film to fall under the genre "horror", starring Odette Yustman and Gary Oldman, is a flop. Casey Beldon is a college student living with her father and struggling to deal with the loss of her mother - after her mother hung herself. While baby sitting, Casey is caught in the grasp of disturbing dreams of a young boy. During a strange event with the children, she is hit in the face by a mirror and notices a discoloration in her eye.

As the nightmares become more frequent, she begins seeing this child every where - and strange events start happening. Her Father reveals a terrible truth to her: she was a twin and the baby died in the womb. This convinces Casey that it is her unborn brother that is haunting her...and what led to her mother's death. As she investigates these dark secrets, she turns to Rabbi Sendak for help in stopping these nightmares before something terrible happens. I don't want to spoil the film for anyone whom has yet to see it...but David Goyer's vision and idea were an interesting concept that didn't translate well on the big screen.

The Unborn (theatrical release) 2009

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January 18, 2009
Too bad! I thought this film might have half a chance, if only because Gary Oldman is in it. It was coming down to this or "Defiance." I guess I'll go with the latter.
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review by . April 10, 2011
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* out of ****     To its credit, "The Unborn" is some of the best anti-fun you'll have with a horror movie in quite some time. While a lot of horror movies are bad, few (in 2009, especially) are so tame, bleak, and art-less as this one here. It's a joyless "thrill-ride" about demons, Judaism, and how actors can be put in such uncomfortable positions; ones which they were not born to be in. There's problems on every end of this film, from the writing, to the characters, to the …
review by . July 13, 2009
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   David S. Goyer had written the first two “Blade” films and co-wrote “Batman Begins” with Christopher Nolan so I excused him for his lackluster directorial efforts in “Blade Trinity” and “the Invisible”. Now that was before I found out that Goyer is also responsible for the script in “Kickboxer 2: the Road Back“. Certainly, one wouldn’t be hard-pressed to think that Goyer is a either a hit or a miss after his less …
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  • Opened January 9, 2009 | Runtime:1 hr. 28 min.
  • PG-13
    intense sequences of violence and terror, disturbing images, thematic material and language including some sexual refernces
  • Casey Beldon (Odette Yustman) hated her mother for leaving her as a child. But when inexplicable things start to happen, Casey begins to understand why she left. Plagued by merciless dreams and a tortured ghost that haunts her waking hours, she must turn to the only spiritual advisor, Sendak (Gary Oldman), who can make it stop. With Sendak’s help, Casey uncovers the source of a family curse dating back to Nazi Germany—a creature with the ability to inhabit anyone or anything that is getting stronger with each possession. With the curse unleashed, her only chance at survival is to shut a doorway from beyond our world that has been pried open by someone who was never born.
  • Cast: Odette Yustman, Gary Oldman, Cam Gigandet, Meagan Good, James Remar

  • Director: David S. Goyer
  • Genres: ThrillerSupernatural Thriller
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    DVD Release Date: July 7, 2009
    Runtime: 88 minutes
    Studio: Universal Studios

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