“Case 39” will send you on an intense emotional journey.
In the beginning, the movie tricks you into feeling sorry for a little girl who appears to be the victim of child abuse. There is a scene where the little girl, Lilith (Jodelle Ferland) is stuffed into an oven by her mother and father. After they stuff her in the oven, they tape it shut and turn on the fire.
At this point, you’re emotional, wondering how in the world parents could be so cruel to such an innocent little girl. Luckily, a social worker named Emily (Renee Zellweger) rescues Lilith. Emily finds Lilith so precious and charming that she requests and gets temporary custody of the child.
This is when the story flips. After many mysterious deaths, including the murder of Emily’s close friend, Emily realizes she has made a huge mistake by letting the little girl into her home.
When Emily expresses her concern to her boss and co-workers, they think she is insane. There is no way a little girl is a serial killer, especially not one who can read people’s minds, get in their heads and force them to accidently kill themselves, right?
With Lilith being able to read people’s minds, Emily has a hard time figuring out how to get rid of her. Her only solution is to visit Lilith’s parents, who are now in a psychiatric ward seeking professional help.
Lilith looks for nice people and tortures them. There’s only one way to solve the problem, and that’s by killing Lilith.
Of course, Lilith knows Emily wants to destroy her, so she scares her pants off, literally. Emily ends up running down the street in the middle of the night with no pants. Apparently, a ghost only she could see was chasing her.
She runs to her car to escape but finds Lilith in the back seat waiting. Lilith tells Emily she must do whatever she says. Emily’s mission is now to rescue herself from the little girl she rescued.
I’d hate to spoil the movie by revealing the ending. I will say that although the ending is not surprising, it is satisfying.
There are some downsides to the movie. First, there is too much background noise. When Emily is walking by the beach, the water is awfully loud, making it difficult to hear what she says.
Second, this movie has the same scenario as “Orphan.” Little girl is adopted and seems sweet and adorable but turns out to be deadly and must be killed.
This is exactly why this movie does not get an A. Yes, it does a great job of sending you on an emotional roller coaster. It captures the audience’s attention and keeps it until the very end, but it lacks originality. This movie has already been done. It’s too cliché.