Most major film and television offices are located in or about Hollywood. Even though many movies are filmed on location in different cities and numerous countries throughout the world, Hollywood remains the symbolic centre of the American motion-picture industry. It is associated with providing entertainment to thousands and thousands of people around the globe. We have seen many new releases both in 2009 and this year too has its share of some promising movies .These include comedies, science fiction, movies based on novels, thrillers, romantic films and many others enthusiastically anticipated by the viewers before their release.
“Case 39”, a horror flick of 2009 directed by Christian Alvart, is one movie which will scare the wits out of its viewers even though it has a very predictable plot. The rest of the cast has Renee Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian Mcshane, and Bradley Cooper. Case 39 is a psychological suspense thriller which eventually transforms into a horror film, such that it creates fear in the mind of the viewers throughout, thus making it a must watch!
In “Case 39”, Emily Jenkins (Renee Zellweger) is a social worker who is over worked and over loaded with investigative cases. She feels strongly for children and is very serious about her work and the cases she gets to investigate upon. One of the cases titled “Case 39”, leads her to a ten year old Lilith (Jodelle Ferland) who is trapped in her own house and her parents who she says are trying to kill her by roasting her in the oven!
Thus Emily manages to rescue the girl away from her parents and takes Lilith into her own care by signing up as her foster mother to provide her a better home not knowing that there is more to Lilith than she observed. But once the little girl moves in with Emily things don’t go exactly as planned; people start dying in the most mysterious ways and Lillith’s parents who have been jailed proclaim it to be the work of their so called innocent daughter.
“Case 39”, is very much similar to the movie TheOrphan which is also about a little child who makes life miserable for those around her and there is no way to get rid of her!
“Case 39”, does not have a very unique plot but what works here is the cinematography, sound effects and the performances. All actors especially child artist Jodelle Ferland is great and plays her role with conviction. Renee Zellweger has always been a superb actor and it’s refreshing to see her in a horror thriller after ages. She also does a splendid job in this film.
This movie may seem to have a lazy script at some points but still bound to test one’s fear , leaving you scared and on the edge of your seat till the end. That is why children and heart patients have been warned before watching “Case 39”. This film drains you mentally and shocks you psychologically. So, staying away is a good option. But if you like horror movies and enjoyed the Orphan and others you must also include this one in your list of thrillers!