Movie Review: Case 39 (2009)

Director: Christian Alvart

Starring: Renee Zellweger, Ian McShane, Bradley Cooper & Jodelle Ferland

Synopsis: An overworked social worker (Renee Zellweger) becomes too involved with the family of her latest case and works hard to save the young girl from her abusive parents, only to discover that there’s more to ‘Case 39’ than she realised.

Review: I was drawn to this movie because I love Zellweger and loved that she was moving away from her bubblegum characters and was intrigued with her starring in a horror movie – would Bridget Jones be able to take down the forces of hell?

I’m happy to report that everybody gives a solid performance with Zellweger carrying the movie well. Cooper plays the would-be love interest come psychiatrist who works closely with Zellweger and McShane manages to keep his American accept up in his role as the policeman. However special kudos has to go to Ferland in her role as Lilith, the daughter of abusive parents but who has her own secrets. Her transformation from saccharine-sweet school girl to psycho child is subtle and well done.

A well made horror with plenty of twists and turns. Don’t be put off by the thought of Bridget Jones taking down demons: she’s handled Mr Darcy and Mr Cleaver, she can take down a demon-spawn.

Movie Review: Forget Me Not (2009)

Forget Me Not 2009Synopsis: A group of friends celebrate their graduation with a trip but Sandy’s friends start disappearing. The strange thing is, the rest of the group don’t remember them. Is Sandy losing her mind, or is there a darker force at work?

Director: Tyler Oliver

Starring: Carly Schroeder, Cody Linley and Chloe Bridges

Review: When I read the blurb for this movie, I assumed it would be another teen horror/slasher so I was pleasantly surprised to discover a thoughtful and fairly well-made movie.

The vengeful spirit of a girl she played with when child is making Sandy’s friends disappear. There are the typical ‘jocks’ and ‘nerds’ who make up Sandy’s group of friends so in some respects you feel on safe ground. The acting is pretty solid and there’s some original ideas in here so it’s worth a Sunday afternoon (or Halloween evening!) watch. However, the story is fairly plodding and the characters are not that engaging which means Forget Me Not will soon be forgotten.