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The New Daughter (2009)



At a glance:
Remember the little girl who played Ofelia in Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)? Or the little boy who played Angelina Jolie’s missin son in Changeling (2008)? Well, these children, together with a depressed-lookin Kevin Costner, one of the most recognisable American leadin men of yesteryears, now star in a forgotten movie that sits permanently in DVD bargain bins worldwide after a limited release Stateside.
Bad news on the doorstep:
Mix mutilated cats and burial mounds with a moody pre-pubescent teen girl and you’ll get this supernatural thriller. Its best intentions you will unfortunately find yourself forgettin as it drags past the 100-minute mark. Despite some classy shots and an impressive, successful and interestin production design, The New Daughter is cumbersomely overlong and conceptually underhit, relegatin itself to horror movie fans’ download lists and DVD curio catalogues by the last act.
Perennial wonderment:
How Kevin Costner went from bein the most in-demand male lead in Hollywood after Dances With Wolves (1990) and Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves (1991) to bein a bit-part actor and B-grade movie producer today.
Reminds me of:
Pet Sematary (1989), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), The Orphanage (2007) and Shelter (2010).
Amacam joker, berapa bintang lu mau kasi?
Rated PG-13 Stateside but NC-16 in Singapore, the flick does however have some savin grace and will do the trick if you’re lookin for a horror movie to pass the time. Its psychosexual subtext and sequel-suggestin finale will largely be lost on regular cinema-goin audiences but complaints about The New Daughter will not trump its ticket admission price if you actually saw this on the big screen. On the DVD, try it at your own peril and keep your expectations low.


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