Monday, October 29, 2012 at 10:08PM
A naïve case-worker works desperately to save a 10 year old girl from abusive parents, only to discover she herself might need saving from that same little girl!
First off, it stars Rene Zellweger in the titular role of the case worker Emily Jenkins, and that was just a bad choice, she should really stick to comedy. Jodelle Ferland is Lillith, the little girl in question, who happens to be a lot more than she seems. Ferland is rather famous for her roles as Mary Jensen in Kingdom Hospital and of course as Alessa and Sharon in Silent Hill. This role with Ferland as the demonic daughter is right up her alley already, though the role itself wasn’t very fleshed out sadly. Ian McShane is the friendly cop Detective Mike Barron trying to help Emily. And there’s also fellow social worker Doug, acted by Bradley Cooper.
So the whole thing starts off with Emily going through her cases (hence the title) and after getting a little too nosy with parents she considers acting strangely, Emily finds them trying to burn Lillith in the oven with duct tape binders. I’m not kidding either. So nothing would help for it but for Emily to get Lillith out of there asap, and of course Lillith just wants to live with Emily and not any fosters. As soon as she gets her fondest wish, strange things start happening, and anyone in her way of making a perfect little family with Emily is eliminated in the most horrid ways Lillith can imagine. Emily realizes she’s taken a monster into her own home a little too late; several close friends of hers have died at this point. So deciding to take matters into her own hands, Emily ironically finds herself acting the same way Lillith’s parents did: bolts and locks on the doors, keeping Lillith confined, and finally some actual attempts at killing. I won’t spoil the end, but it did seem a little…cut off? There is very little explanation as to whether or not Lillith is some sort of soul-sucking demon, nasty vengeful spirit, or what, why she does all these horrid things and what she gets out of it. But, for a very fine performance from a scary young lady, the movie is worth a shot.