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A young mother (Taylor Schilling) is concerned about her 8-year-old son’s disturbing behavior and thinks that something supernatural may be at work. Jackson Robert Scott ("It"), Peter Mooney ("Burden of Truth") and Colm Feore ("Thor") also star.
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Terribly predictable and stupid. However, the most frustrating aspect of the movie was the non-parenting. The kid beats a classmate with a metal tool, mutilates the family dog etc. etc. and his parents continue to coddle him, never attempting any kind of reprimand or punishment. For me that was the scariest aspect of the stupid movie.
Animal lovers and those who want to see justice, be warned. The ending is horrible, in the worst way. As in, it could've been written by a psychopath for the cruelty of what happens to the escaped victim. And that poor dog...they didn't need to show as much as they did of what the little monster did to it, and he didn't just kill it.
The prelude completely gives things away. The boy is so hateful and evil from the start. The delinquent mother is unforgivably, insanely mollycoddling, refusing to do any real parenting. Even the couple of times she manages to have a normal reaction, she immediately goes back on it, giving in to the little monster. That's the WORST possible response to this type of behavior, to any type of aggression or manipulation. In her mind, apparently the worst thing a mother can do is say "no," stand her ground, and exercise authority. Basically, the way she behaves is exactly how NOT to be a mother...even before that evil ending. Especially to an obvious psychopath. And that's another problem here. There is no mystery, just a lot of postmodern gobbledygook.
Firstly, this isn't how reincarnation works. There is no "invading soul" that's distinct from that of the child. The whole concept of transmigration is that spiritual energy cannot be destroyed, similar to "physical" energy "just changing form." Only, all souls are locked in this universe until they reach nirvana, or so the idea goes. So they keep moving into the next newborn baby when their current body dies. And they're not limited to humans; they could end up reborn as animals, too. The idea is that the soul is "working out" karma with each incarnation, so someone like a serial killer would be expected to return (many times) as something like a cockroach. Not necessarily an exact forecast, but you get the idea. Even if he *could* return as a little boy, he would be the ONLY soul in that little boy. There would be no "innocent little boy soul" alongside the serial killer because that would defeat the whole purpose and internal logic of reincarnation. This is the traditional, ancient understanding of reincarnation, and the only one held by any culture in the real world. What the fake expert in this movie claims is a bunch of mixed up, nonsensical baloney. And so is the movie's whole premise.
Secondly, the pacing and delivery are bungled, and so many things don't make sense. Things are given away far too early, there is no believable reaction or segue to so many of the villain's blatantly criminal actions, and no one seems sufficiently scared of him until he kills that poor dog. Why didn't the parents of the boy he brutally assaulted (with a deadly weapon) DO anything? At 8, he's old enough to be arrested, and the school can certainly be sued. The little freak wasn't even expelled. Why didn't the delinquent mother even wonder why his hateful vulgarity switched so easily from English to Hungarian if he was dreaming, or if it was an "invading soul" who told her "it was a good dream" (terrorizing and murdering a woman)? What was done to that original victim was so evil, I could believe a psychopath wrote this. Just vile. So is the part with the foster mother and what he focuses on. There's a difference between horror and outright evil, and it shows in how something is presented. And can anyone be dumb enough to believe a homicidal psychopath will just peacefully give up if he "gets what he wants"? That's the point of evil: it's lust for evil is insatiable, it can never be satisfied, it just goes lower and lower, gets worse and worse. Kind of like what we see happening in our society today. And giving it what it wants is feeding it. It's the worst possible response in any situation because of basic motivation, psychological fundamentals. I guess those who refuse to see evil for what it is, refuse to believe in it, are always destined to fall victim to it...
Ultimately, the premise itself was too bad for the movie to work. The number of things botched in the delivery are disappointing, though. I would pass on this one.
TWs: extreme, gory violence against women and a heck of a lot of misogyny from the serial killer boy, animal torture and murder, child violence against another child.
I have never in my life wanted to see a kid get got in a movie until now. I wanted miles gone! First of all Miles woulda been outta my house as soon as I found that dead dog and the spy cam...maybe even sooner. Second of all, the mother was stupid stupid. Third of all, the movie could have been better, but it was ok. I’ll give it 3 stars.
This movie doesn't deserve 5 stars, not even 4. I will not be adding this movie to my video library. However, If you want to watch it, I would suggest you watch in SD Mode, not HD Mode. Save your money.
I am so sick of movies that have parents that stupidly pacify their psychopathic children. I mean come on. This kid beats another child with a large wrench. Nothing happens. Spys on parents. Nothing happens. Tortures and kill the family dog. Noting happens. Stabs and nearly kills the dad (whom stupidity gives the plan away)and recks the car. Noting happens. As a matter of fact, the mother decides to take the deranged killer to the house of the only victim to escape and terrorize her before the little monster kills her. Wow.. just moronic. IF, they would have put the kid in a mental facility AFTER he killed the dog all that could have been avoided. Jeez.. how dense.