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Orphan: First Kill on IMDb

Plot Overview

girl on computerIn 2007 dwarf-like, thirty-one-year-old Leena Klammer (Isabelle Fuhrman) is “the most dangerous patient” at Saarke Institute in Estonia. She trades on her Hypopituitarism that gives her the appearance of a 10-year-old child to put the staff off guard, and she escapes the facility. She searches on-line to find a missing girl in America she can pass for. In the movies America is populated by cow­boys and gangsters, but she'll take her chances.

WelcomeAllen and Tricia Albright (Julia Stiles & Rossif Suther­land) of Connecticut are thus (supposedly) reunited with their daughter Esther—Bible name of an orphan who became a replace­ment queen—who's been missing for four years. Esther's older brother Gunnar (Matthew Finlan) is cynical as brothers can be, and family friend Detective Donnan (Hiro Kanagawa) is suspicious as cops are wont to be. Dr. Segar (Samantha Walkes) a Negress—nyiggers are almost non­existent in Russia, but woman doctors are de rigueur—notes some inconsistencies in Esther's story about her abduction by a Russian woman, but Esther isn't ready to talk about it.

mischievous boy w/slingpencilfamily
dinnerclown maskTricia, whose fore­bears came over on the Mayflower, takes on the role of queen bee to cement together her reintegrated family. Det. Donnan has the solvent role to separate out the alien piece. The brother is rough with this Esther as he'd been “too rough” with the original. The dad now over his grief takes up painting again in his multi-layered style, and he hands Esther some charcoal so she can draw, too. Esther receiving familial affection gets the hots for him and stays longer than she'd planned to, and perhaps longer than she should.


hand crank ice cream makerEsther had the run of the asylum, Gunnar dominates his hoodlum friends, and Tricia protects her family. These three form a league with each other for as long as it is in all their best interests. Allen is the chump. Here is set up a family conflict à la, (Prov. 30:33) “Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.” The idea in the proverb is that a state of peace and conciliation can change to one or conflict just as a liquid (milk) can change to solid (butter) through constant agitation (churning.) Or hit a critical area (nose) and it will bleed. The latter is illustrated in the movie when Esther bangs the head of her guard Dimitri against the wall and he bleeds profusely, the scalp being rich in capillaries. The former is illustrated when one of too many cooks has hidden a dead rat in a chalice of glop, and when the purée is disposed of, the disposal first shreds the body so the flailed creature can go down.

This plays out in the family movie here when after a while tensions come to a head (“This ends now!”) and Allen makes a sudden discovery about Esther being his child, or a juvenile in the first place.

Production Values

” (2022) was directed by William Brent Bell. Its screenplay was written by David Coggeshall from a story by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Alex Mace. It stars Isabelle Fuhrman, Julia Stiles, Rossif Suther­land, Hiro Kanagawa and Matthew Finlan. Fuhrman reprises her role as the adult looking like a 9-year-old girl she played in the first Orphan film back in 2009. It was easier to make a little girl look older than making an adult look younger, it seems. Lots of camera tricks and setting manipulation were used here, which worked well enough individually, but as a whole left me feeling some­thing was off. Stiles pulls off her role as a vigilant mother with­out a hitch. The other actors do well enough to make it work.

It's rated R for bloody violence, language and sexual content—sans any nudity—and has a running time of 1 hour 39 minutes. It's a well-constructed prequel worth a watch but not an award. The music was pretty cool. Filming took place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Review Conclusion w/a Christian's Recommendation

Seeing the first “Orphan” prepares one for what to expect. This one is likeable but not as gripping as the other. Go for it if you feel like it.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Edge of your seat action. Suitability For Children: Not Suitable for Children of Any Age. Special effects: Disappointing. Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day. Suspense: Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Overall movie rating: Three stars out of five.