“Orphan First Kill” is a new movie that follows up on the iconic horror film. Our review covers the wacky new take on the story. This 2nd prequel is ridiculous enough to recommend.
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Reviewing the prequel/sequel without mentioning the deliciously twisted twist that defined the original 2009 film Orphan, which was met with mixed reviews but was destined for cult status, would be harsh. However, the mystery is revealed from the very beginning of the second installment, Orphan: First Kill, which was released 13 years after the first but is set two years before the original.
After setting up everything in an opening scene meant to refresh your memory, the film “Orphan First Kill” barrels towards its own equally outlandish plot surprise.
However, this in no way implies that the first 90 minutes of the film — before the big surprise — are enjoyable. The horror-thriller First Kill is more camp than its self-serious predecessor, but it isn’t quite campy enough for the kind of craziness it wants us to participate in.
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Once again, Isabelle Fuhrman plays Esther, the “child from hell,” who appears to be a Victorian-era girl but is, in reality, a 31-year-old murderess from Estonia suffering from a rare hormonal imbalance. In the film’s gory opening minutes, she escapes from a mental institution and uses a false identity to gain entry to the United States. Esther tries to win over her former ‘family,’ but she acts in such a peculiar way that even the investigator who looked into her abduction is suspicious.
Fuhrman starred in the first Orphan when she was just about 10 years old; the film is often regarded as Jaume Collet-finest Serra’s work, despite his many subsequent successes. It was one thing for her to play a child her actual age; it was quite another for her to physically perform as an adult trapped in a girl’s body in the film’s post-twist segment. Fuhrman, at 25 years old, is more of the same age as the adult psychopathic character “Esther” in First Kill.
This time around, she had to effectively play a little child of eight. Like (bear with me here) Benedict Cumberbatch in The Power of the Dog, it’s a performance within a performance. It’s a fantastic dramatic performance, but it’s a horror movie, and Emily Blunt and Thomas Jane know better than anyone that great dramatic performances in genre films rarely get the recognition they deserve. Julia Stiles deserves a shout-out, anyway. She is able to hold her own against Fuhrman, but discussing her more would be improper.
Although, Orphan First Kill isn’t exactly a masterpiece. The computer-generated imagery is inconsistent, but the real effects are excellent (like Shah Rukh Khan in Zero). The picture, though, smells like it was built around its major twist after the fact rather than the other way around.
The film’s premise may seem farfetched, but it’s actually based on a true story that was told (without the murder) in the documentary The Imposter. The plot centered on a French con man who impersonated a missing American kid and was permitted to stay with his “family,” despite bearing little similarity to the real missing person.
This time around, filmmaker William Brent Bell is at the helm, and a look at his previous work probably won’t convince anyone to give this movie a shot. In many instances, he comes dangerously close to full-on camp before sheepishly retreating to the more normal territory.
This kind of boldness was on display by director James Wan in Malignant, as the film was successfully pushed into hallucinatory terrain by the film’s final act. If you didn’t like that scary movie, you’d probably enjoy First Kill. The plot moves at the speed of light, there are unexpected turns at every turn, and original killing scenes are sprinkled throughout. Bell and author David Coggeshall even make a brief effort to provide a weak critique of old-money white privilege, but they quickly drop the subject.