Reviewed byccthemovieman-1Vote: 8/10/10
Wow, this is a rarity: a modern-day film in which the Christians(mostly nuns in this story) are the "good guys" and the New Ageadvocates are the devil-like "bad guys." That really annoys all thesecular critics, which means about 99 percent of them.
Rufus Sewell plays a Satan-worshiping cult leader who tries to kidnapyoung Holliston Coleman, someone with special healing powers. KimBasinger, in an unusual wholesome low-key role, plays theaunt-turned-parent/guardian of the kid.
There is some very good suspense here, especially at the end and someshocking horror scenes of violence. "Shocking" not just because of whathappened but the film was so family-oriented up until then. Overall,though, a decent story and a good message. Even though I liked it, itwouldn't a film I would watch multiple times, although a second look islikely.
Reviewed byDaniel Umoh (firstname.lastname@example.org)Vote: 8/10/10
Bless the Child is about a 6 year old girl born under a star so she hasspecial powers, and she is destined to lead many to God. However there is asatanic cult out to turn her to the "dark side", if youwill.It was a pretty good movie, it had to do with God, angels, thedevil.Quite frankly I liked it.
Reviewed byrblizzVote: 7/10/10
If I had only read the reviews written in this forum I would have thoughtthis movie was another Kevin Costner or John Travolta fiasco. Never have Iseen so much intense negative interest in a "really bad"movie.
Before watching "Bless The Child" tonight, my only prior knowledge of it wasseeing the trailer a couple of times on TV when the movie was about to bereleased. And then I only really noticed because the Icon label attached toit seemed to be out of place.
But the movie really wasn't that bad, though it could have used more (muchmore) focus and better lines and more intensity from the lead actors.
The story is classic good vrs. evil. What seems to have peeved many of thereviewers is that "good," in the form of a little girl (Holliston Coleman),was actually presented as having some real (and quiet) strength for achange. I suppose, in these reviewers jaded view of reality, this seemsunrealistic. Besides, in horror movies (you know, the "realistic" kind) theevil thingamabob is always indestructible and just when good manages totriumph -- we find it really didn't. (How dare the "Bless the Child"producers have the gall not to be cliche in this respect!)
So to sum up my feelings. I liked the story (I don't suffer fromanti-Catholic bigotry so the charge of being "too Catholic" wasn't aconcern). I liked the little girl's acting. I thought Kim Bassinger did acredible job -- though her part lacked some intensity as did Jimmie Smits'part. I thought the Stark character (acted by Rufus Sewell) was well actedand convincingly evil. Miss Ricci's cameo was well done and the specialeffects were very good. Overall, taking into account my earlier criticism oflack of focus, lack of intensity and a few lines that made me wince -- itwas not a bad movie. I would suggest it for those who *do* like a clear cutdistinction between good and evil.
And, oh yes. No nudity. Very little profanity and violence that was intensebut not overly graphic or gory. (I know -- this crew simply *doesn't* knowhow to make a "real" horror film, do they?)
Omens and concepts of good vs. evil have no place in Maggie O'Connor's well-ordered, practical universe. Her life revolves around her job as a nurse at a busy New York hospital, until one rainy night, her sister Jenna abandons her newborn, autistic daughter at her home. Maggie takes the baby in, and she becomes the daughter she never had. Six years later Jenna suddenly re-appears with a mysterious new husband, Eric, and abducts Cody. Despite the fact that Maggie has no legal rights to Cody, FBI agent John Travis, an expert in ritual homicide and occult-related crime, takes up her cause when he realizes that Cody shares the same birth date as several other recently missing children. The little girl, it soon becomes clear, is more than simply "special." She manifests extraordinary powers that the forces of evil have waited centuries to control, and her abduction sparks a clash between the soldiers of good and evil that can only be resolved, in the end, by the strength of one small child...