Director: William Brent Bell
Casts: Isabelle Fuhrman as Esther Albright / Leena Klammer, Julia Stiles as Tricia Albright, Rossif Sutherland as Allen Albright, Hiro Kanagawa as Inspector Donnan, Matthew Finlan as Gunnar Albright and Gwendolyn Collins as Anna Troyev
Orphan: First Kill, directed by William Brent Bell, is a 2022 horror/thriller film that acts as a prequel to the 2009 horror film Orphan. ‘Orphan: First Kill‘ features Isabelle Fuhrman as she reprises her role as Esther from the previous movie in Orphan.
‘Orphan: First Kill‘ tells the story of an exceptional con artist orphan who escapes from a psychiatric facility in Estonia and is reunited with her family in the U.S.
Imagine receiving a job at an asylum only to find out that the position was made vacant by a patent because she murdered the previous employee. Crazy right?
‘Orphan First Kill’ began in 2007 in Estonia with Anna Troyev, who has recently started working at the Saarne Institute. Anna is ecstatic to begin her new career as an art therapy instructor, whose goal is to utilize art to treat patients.
One of the most dangerous patients is discovered missing from her cell the day Anna is to start work. As a precaution, a lockdown is imposed, and Anna is confined to a room with strict instructions not to leave. In the room, she discovers a little girl named Leena, the hazardous patient, but before anything can happen, officials arrive and take Leena back to her cell.
Anna discovers that Leena is an adult who has a gland issue that has slowed her growth since the age of ten.
The day for Leena’s escape came. Leena deceives a guard, steals his pass card, and proceeds to the exit. She flees the facility, assisted by another inmate willing to do anything for a piece of candy. Leena finds her way to Anna’s residence, where she murders Anna and adopts the personality of Esther Albright, a missing youngster from Darien, Connecticut.
Esther is transported to America to be reunited with her ‘family’, the Albrights.
Julia Stiles was fantastic in role as Leena’s polar opposite. Her performance impressed me much. In this film, she makes acting appear effortless. Tricia’s calm, stoic personality does not change or transform her into a new character.
Her facial expressions, body motions, and synchronizing of her words with her actions are all outstanding. She portrays Tricia as a guardian who would go to any length to safeguard her home.
Isabelle Fuhrman’s performance also impressed me. She is the film’s protagonist; Therefore, the role placed a great deal of responsibility on her shoulders, and she delivered. Even though she is already in her mid-20s, Fuhrman is still reprising her role as Esther in “Orphan: First Kill” more than ten years later. Fuhrman was unique in his ability to portray not just a youngster but also an adult who appeared to be a child.
She is the right person for the role of Leena. I was impressed with the cast.
The director of Orphan: First Kill opted against employing Computer Generated Imagery in favor of a more straightforward method to make Fuhrman resemble her younger self from Orphan. That impressed me. Additionally, I was satisfied with the makeup artists.
One is hooked to the screen the entire time watching the engrossing and exciting horror movie. I enjoyed how the movie made use of humor. The storyline twists in the film leave one guessing what will happen next. The sound and scoring were also excellent. The music throughout the film was enjoyable to me.
Despite all of this praise, there were a few minor issues with the movie. I thought the film was a little too spooky. Yes, weird is what one would expect from a horror film, but this one had its share of “strange creepy” moments. Additionally, I thought the movie’s genre shifted from psychological horror to an action thriller at some point .
In conclusion, the movie is good, and I anticipate a third Orphan film. Because Orphan: First Kill contains violence, blood, and sex, I advise anyone above the age of 16 who likes horror thrillers to watch it.
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You can watch Orphan: First Kill on Paramount+ or download it here
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