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Orphan just another kid

Finally, a movie that exploits everyone's paralyzing phobia of orphans.



It's about time a movie capitalized on the paralyzing phobia of orphans. That doesn't stop Orphan from playing as just another evil kid horror---next in line to The Bad Seed, The Omen, Mikey and The Good Son. All that elevates Orphan is the title child performance by Isabelle Fuhrman, equalling the range of evil displayed by Linda Blair in The Exorcist. As Russian orphan Esther, Fuhrman is made up in antique clothes, resembling 10-year-old real-life killer Mary Bell. Her foster parents (Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard) welcome her into their home, hoping she'll befriend their deaf daughter and embarrassed son. Esther's ability to define the "f-bomb" as a verb barely hints at the murderous tendencies that follow. A better movie would have made all of this funnier, transforming cliche into a satire of contemporary parenting and childhood experience. Director Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax) only sees corruption of innocence as a vehicle for hardened thrills. Orphan moves through familiar exploitative shocks, never distinguished enough to have its own purpose.

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Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Writer: David Leslie Johnson and Alex Mace

Producer: Leonardo DiCaprio, Susan Downey, Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Joel Silver

Cast: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, CCH Pounder and Jimmy Bennett

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