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January 16, 2009

The Unborn

Hr_The_Unborn_poster "The Unborn" goes from soft-core adoration of its stalked subject Casey Beldon (Odette Yustman) to dark nightmares involving bugs for a tedious Exorcist-themed horrorshow. Writer/director David S. Goyer overreaches with a story about Casey, a Jewish girl haunted by a dybbuk, a demon from Hebrew mysticism. Casey desperately wants an exorcism to get rid of the gothic monkey on her back. Casey secures the help of Rabbi Sendak (Gary Oldman) and multi-denominational priest Arthur Wyndham (Idris Elba) to perform the ritual that will not be without incident. Gary Oldman steals what there is to take from his scenes, but a nonsensical B-movie like "The Unborn" is beneath is skills.

Rated PG-13, 88 mins. (C-) (Two Stars)

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