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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Overall, a decent little horror flick. A unique idea executed to an okay standard.
A good watch if you’re in the mood for a scare.