Orphan is another movie that exploits the premise of a creepy kid. Ever since the cult classic The Omen, this type of character seems to be an endless inspiration to the script writers. I can think of a few movies with almost the same story but first that comes to mind is a movie called Godsend with Robert De Niro and Greg Kinnear. So an ordinary American family, after a loss of their third child at birth, decides to adopt Esther, a strange looking orphan. I guess two kids were not enough, so they had to go for the round three number. Not to mention the fact that one of those kids is deaf and mute.
Production values are great, acting also, but if you are looking for a horror movie, you are in a wrong place. This is a slow-burn thriller with some strange influences (horror genre) and delicate pacing. Most of the time they are banking on the creepiness of the Esther and the fact that she’s a kid. I’m certain that this is the reason behind such high scores on imdb, gen pop loves this sort of thing. I will not go so far to say that it provided a convenient narrative for parents who found themselves in similar situations with their own kids, of course, smaller in scale. Script is okay, with enough twists and turns. The thing that made Orphan was an incredible performance from Vera Farmiga, as the girl who figured out what the fuck is going on, but no one believes her. Playing a recovering alcoholic who also lost a child and is now caring for two of her own and one adopted kid is no small feat. With a little help from Sarsgaard and CHH, Orphan jumped from seven to eight stars.
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, CCH Pounder, Aryana Engineer
Fun Facts: Warner Bros. edited the movie’s trailer to remove Esther’s line “It must be hard to love an adopted child as much as your own” after receiving numerous complaints from adoptive parents and foster care organizations. The line remains in the movie itself.