Orphan: DVD Review
Released by Warner Home Video
It appears the scary kids are back.
Farmiga) and John (Peter Saarsgard) are two parents trying to put the pieces
back of their lives after losing a third child - however, the strain is showing
as Kate also battles with going back on the booze and blaming herself for her
youngest daughter Max's deafness after an incident involving a lake near their
So as they try to get back on track, they head to the local orphanage where
they're immediately charmed by 9year old Russian girl, Esther.
Esther becomes a part of their lives - and splits the younger kids - with the
elder Daniel wary and Max (Aryana Engineer) being overly welcoming and in thrall
of her new sister.
However, it soon becomes clear that Esther is not all she seems&.
For the majority of its (slightly long) two hour running time, Orphan is
racked full of suspense - with the sense of foreboding quite powerful at
It's quite an honest portrait of a family trying to get back to a normal life
- both Farmiga and Saarsgard are compelling and realistic in their portrayal of
a normal couple who are stretched to the limits by what's happened.
Of the younger kids, newcomer Aryana Engineer gives an impressive debut
performance as Max (traumatized and empowered in equal measures)- but it's
Isabelle Fuhrman who provides the requisite spooks and gives you the creeps as
her Esther skulks around on screen.
Some will find the brooding build up a little slow in places - and at times
the soundtrack pulls no punches in screeching its terrifying intentions (not
always to the best effect).
Unfortunately after the end twist
sucker punch, Orphan sadly has nowhere left to go and descends into a conclusion
mired in clichéd horror films - but for shocks and moments where you find your
nails digging into the cinema chair, Orphan delivers the necessary goods.
Extras: Additional scenes including an alternate ending
don't add too much to the package - but at least there's something.