For Jan. 19th: Case 39

As I started to play catch up for the end of this last week, I had to find a replacement for “Cool Hand Luke”.  As a substitute I ended up watching  the first traditional horror movie of the year in “Case 39”.  It seemed like an okay concept, and Zellweger is fairly watchable, so I sat down and hit play.  What ensued was a neat little scary movie.

Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without yet another random schedule parallel.  Turns out a 3-years-younger Bradley Cooper is in this flick as a supporting character.  These strange coincidences are getting weirder and weirder.  I know Hollywood is pretty inbred as far as talent is concerned, but I don’t know how much more I can take of these.

Story: 1.5/2

The story focuses around Emily Jenkins (Zellweger), an self-righteous social worker with an idealistic sense of justice.  While trying to save a young girl from a dangerous domestic situation, she finds out that things aren’t what they seem.

Acting: 1/2

Zellweger is tolerable in the principle role.  A lot of the highlights were in the rest of the cast.  Jodelle Ferland is perfect as a very creepy young Lilith and Cooper was good as the child psychiatrist.

Photography: 1/2

Has all the typical photography of any decent horror movie.  Quite frankly, if some of the dramatic reveal shots hadn’t been there, I would have been disappointed.

Sound/FX: 1.5/2

Good soundtrack and audio do well to immerse the audience in some of the more intense scenes.  The visual effects are passable, but thankfully sparse.

Misc: 1/2

Overall, a decent little horror flick.  A unique idea executed to an okay standard.

VERDICT: 6/10

A good watch if you’re in the mood for a scare.

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Photographer. Filmmaker. Nice guy.
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