John and Kate, after losing their third child at birth, decide to adopt a nine year old girl called Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman) from an orphanage. A little creepy from the outset, insisting on wearing old fashioned dresses with ribbons (what a freak), her new parents stuck with her oddities.
But because she was so strange she started to get bullied at school. This is when we first see Esther is not to be messed with. She follows one girl to the top of a slide and pushes her off and breaks her leg. She later does something unspeakable with a nun. The actress who played the nun, CCH Pounder, kind of reminded me of Scatman Crothers in The Shining. And you know what happened to him!Esther threatens almost everyone who could expose her true nature with the usual, “if you tell, I’ll kill you” promise. As the story unravels it becomes apparent that they know very little about where she came from.
Say what you like about the movie but that little actress Isabelle Fuhrman is quite something after the reveal! Ridiculous and creepy, did what it said on the tin. You hated everyone you were supposed to hate; the kid for being evil and the dad for not believing the mum. Sometimes in films you find yourself wanting the evil spawn to succeed but not here. Maybe it was because again, I knew what the outcome was or maybe it was because the mum was hot, I really do not know. It definitely had the ick factor though. *shudders*