There are various elements in the screenplay we have seen in other movies. Lillith unsubtle name or what?! Though it had no major twist, just a revelation like clarifying our doubts. Given, this movie could've supported better acting I'm looking at you, Renee and directing but if you're looking to be entertained and a little creeped out for 90 minutes then check it out. Zellweger made her return to horror with Case 39 after 15 years since her unworthy appearance on the atrocious The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Genre Horror, Mystery, Thriller Imdb Rating 6. However, Emily soon finds that dark forces surround the seemingly innocent girl, and the more she tries to protect Lilith, the more horrors she encounters. The shocks and psychological torments are tidily crafted, and it all builds to a suitably daft and frenetic finale.
So I conclude my review saying it is a decent watch. Synopsis A social worker fights to save a girl from her abusive parents, only to discover that the situation is more dangerous than she ever expected. In recent years, she has created a very different image, but her performance in Case 39 feels realistic and effective. It stars Renee Zellwegger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane and Bradley Cooper. The story is so engaging and scary, that I wanted to see more of what's going to happen, yet I wanted to see less because it's scary. Later, Emily adopts Lilith, but soon finds some strange events around her circle.
Reviewed by Argemaluco 7 Case 39 would have been a bit predictable even if the trailer had not revealed the mystery behind its story. As for the rest of the actors, they feel a bit bland. Case 39 is directed by Christian Alvart and written by Ray Wright. I have seen many films about the child abuse, and this one set in as a same kind of theme, but takes a turn during the end of the first act. Don't think above that like you can be a saviour! If you are a horror fan then this movie should put an evil lil grin on your bloody face.
Synopsis: Emily Jenkins Renée Zellweger is a social worker living in Oregon, who is assigned to investigate the family of ten-year-old Lillith Sullivan Jodelle Ferland , as her grades have declined and an emotional rift with her parents has emerged. I haven't seen Renee Zellweger in any recent films, she looked so good in this. Though Renee Zellweger is not particularly convincing as a social worker, she conveys her feeling of threat very well, making her stressed out character vivid. Emily suspects that the parents have been mistreating Lillith. Jodelle Ferland too was good as a little girl, the most important role in the film.
And even though he has short screen-time, Rennie brings a good level of intensity to his character. . Music is by Michl Britsch and cinematography by Hagen Bodanski. Finding the truth becomes her first priority, but how she's going to solve it is what leads us to the conclusion part. The story was suspense, well developed to keep that for a very long time. The overall story relied on one big secret that revealed at some time in the final act. But Bradley Cooper was in a small part.
Offering up a more supernatural slant than many other films of a similar ilk, German director Alvart does still follow the familiar formula for crazed child movies. However, despite its lack of innovation, I had a good time watching Case 39, thanks to Christian Alvart's concise and dynamic direction and the competent performances from Renee Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland and Callum Keith Rennie. With the agreement of the board, Emily is assigned to take care of Lillith until a suitable foster family comes along. However, even though the story lacks of originality, Case 39 is entertaining, because Alvart created a good rhythm and some solid moments of tension. If you are a big horror film fan, you might disappoint with it.
Story in short order form has Zellwegger as Emily Jenkins, a social worker who after rescuing young Lilly Sullivan from crazed parents, takes her in on a temporary foster basis and soon comes to regret it. Because those parts were minimised and the suspense was maximised. For better or for worse, the story is an homogeneous combination of the well known elements we have seen on many movies which show kids involved on paranormal events. It created a very creepy atmosphere that stayed til the very end. But this is a horror theme, I mean real horror, not a terror-horror like 'Orphan'. In summary, Case 39 is nothing extraordinary or highly memorable; but I think it is effective for having a good time, and I recommend it because of that.
Having taken his time to build it up during the first half, Alvart then revels in unleashing demonic chaos, with young Ferland giving an unnervingly superb performance as Lilly. It was a nice little surprise for this major horror fan. However, if you stray more towards romcoms and drama then go rent Love Actually or some other random terrible movie. I think it was a decent film, but not a fresh theme, except developed differently with a new cast. The plot is good, as at first it makes you feel so sympathetic and sorry for the girl, then it slowly prepares you for something entirely different. Ferland creates a good aura of threaten with her role; I liked not to see her trying to apparent evilness, because that is the point where almost all the child actors I have seen in the past in similar movies fail.
Yet surely most of us can easily predict many scenes, event the ending. Because most of the storyline seems alike 'Orphan', the film that came just months before this one. Emily saves Lillith with the help of Detective Mike Barron Ian McShane. That leads to suspect Lilith, but could not prove anything. So when a social worker, Emily, finds a ten year old Lilith was abused by her own parents, she takes her away from them, followed by theirs arrest. What is more, the story is well structured. Emily's worst fears are confirmed when the parents try to harm the child, and so Emily assumes custody of Lilith while she looks for a foster family.
However, some striking scenes, a mightily strong child performance and the decent chiller thriller fun factor, lifts this just above average status. . . . . . .