The Unborn

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Released 2009

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Director:
David S. Goyer
Released:
2009
Rating:
PG-13

The Unborn is a 2009 supernatural thriller written and directed by David S. Goyer. Casey Beldon (Odette Yustman) is a beautiful young woman who begins experiences nightmarish visions and appears tormented by the ghost of a mysterious child. Delving into Jewish lore, Casey learns that the entity tormenting her is called a dybbuk, a disembodied soul escaped from hell. As she investigates deeper into the mysterious visitations, she uncovers a dark legacy of Nazi experimentations, occult ritual, and the malevolent spirit of unborn children seeking a means to re-enter the world of the living. As the hauntings intensify, she seeks the assistance of Rabbi Joseph Sendak (Gary Oldman), the only man who can help her perform the Jewish rite of exorcism, but first she must convince him the wild tale she tells is the truth. As the dybbuk is growing in strength, Sendak himself becomes targeted by the malevolent entity who seeks to eliminate all whom may pose a threat to it. In a desperate maneuver, the Rabbi joins with Episcopal priest Arthur Wyndham (Idris Elba) and attempt combining their forces to expel the spirit from this world before its plans for Casey come to fruition.

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Metacritic Score

  • 40

    Variety

    Whereas Japanese horror movies have been criticized for not making sense, The Unborn errs on the opposite extreme, coming off all the more ridiculous for over-explaining itself.

  • 30

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    The film teeters so perilously and routinely at the edge of camp, both with some of its casting choices and some unfortunate dialogue (the repeated warning that "Jumby wants to be ...

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times

    Mostly, though, the movie is something of a snooze, a gabby PG-13 horror flick whose most shocking image might be the bored look on Gary Oldman's face as he goes through the motion...

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