Review | Orphan 2: Inception surpasses its predecessor with surprising plot

Probably one of the most anticipated horror movies of the year, Orphan 2: The Origin (Orphan: First Kill, in the original title), has arrived, and even dividing opinions, its result is surprising. The feature brings the progress events of the life of Leena Klammer (Isabelle Fuhrman) from her time in hospital, to the creation of Esther, the orphaned and sociopathic child who is integrated into families and then destroys them.

The film starring Isabelle Fuhrman, Julia Stiles, Matthew Finlan and Rossif Sutherland, will hit Brazilian cinemas next Thursday, 15. The listener was invited to check Orphan 2: The Origin we now bring our impressions.

Mild Orphan 2: Inception spoilers from here!

One of the main questions that caused doubts in the public was how the producers were going to convince everyone that the actress Isabelle Fuhrman, now 25 years old, was going to look as young as the first film, filmed when she was 12/13 years old. The answer is: convinced but not convinced.

There are times when the difference is extremely evident, and even if it bothers you at first, after a while you get used to it and it doesn’t make much difference. Despite this, it’s even interesting that the effects didn’t rejuvenate her so much, because now that we know the character’s physical condition, the ambiguity makes everything more evident — even if that’s not the real intention. As for the actress’ height, the camera game approached by director William Brent Bell was excellent and the choice of body doubles was well executed in most of the film.

Even with a beginning that is very similar to its predecessor, Orphan 2: Inception is right in looking for the origin of the character. Understanding how Leena developed has added a lot in this sequel (which almost looks like a prequel in parts) and a lot is given by the script by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Alex Mace. Here we observe Leena’s routine in the psychiatric hospital, as was the dynamics of the place, in addition to understanding how her alter, Esther, actually emerged.

The long starts to get interesting when we get in touch with the plot of the story. From a great discovery about the family Albright, the narrative takes a shocking turn, and that’s what keeps the viewer hooked until the end. After the climax, an almost novelistic aura is created to the script, which becomes something unusual to follow, thanks to incredible performances by Julia Stiles and Isabelle Fuhrmann.

However, Orphan 2: Inception has an annoying problem that is quite recurrent in the story. The problematic belief that the only question of Leena/Esther of having barriers due to her hormonal deficiency is sexual – as if there is nothing more complex in the life of a person who, in addition to being extremely violent, is in a child’s body forever. This is a point that, if explored further in the script, would make the film even more enlightening.

Many horror and thriller films that challenge themselves to extend stories for a sequel are straying to the eternal fine line between becoming innovative or falling into the abyss of a cliché story. Easily, Orphan 2: Inception fits into this prequel, but still manages to differentiate itself by a surprising plot twist that barely saves it.

The tip here is to watch the feature without expecting a revolutionary work or a slasher full of jumpscares, since Orphan 2: Inception is far from that categorization. The soundtrack adds a nice touch to the experience that should be enjoyed without much pretense.

78/100

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