Netflix review: The Unborn
Ivan Radford | On 30, Oct 2013Reading time: 1 mins
Director: David Goyer
Cast: Odette Yustman, Gary Oldman
Watch online: Netflix UK
One of the writers for The Dark Knight and Blade, David Goyer is something of a geek hero. But for every Batman Begins or Dark City, there’s a Jumper. Or The Unborn. The tale of a young woman, Casey (Yustman), fighting the evil spirit of her unborn twin, The Unborn reads like something out of Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. Like Afterbirth, in which a mutated placenta attacks Bristol.
The spirit in question is a dhybbuk (Hebrew for “very bad”) and it wants nothing more than to break into our world. Or kill Casey. Probably both. How can she escape the demon’s clutches? Luckily, David Goyer has his bag of hokum to hand. What could possibly scare us, other than the possessed child? An exorcism? Check. Upside-down heads and ceiling-based shenanigans? Both present and correct. There’s nothing that David won’t stop at – even Nazis get a look in. Speaking to her old grandmother about the family curse, nana actually says: “it has fallen to you to finish what started at Auschwitz.” That line doesn’t belong in a war film, let alone a modern, supernatural horror.
Equally out of place is Gary Oldman, aka. Rabbi Sendak. Walking around with a shocked expression, he leads the exorcism with a deadpan delivery. “There have to be 10 of us,” he explains. Why 10? “10 commandments, 10 fingers…” He pauses. “10 is a very important number.”
The Unbore, more like.