piece of trash
that was unleashed upon Multiplex
es in August 2000
. It stars Kim Basinger
as a nurse whose strung-out sister
has a baby, dumps it into her care, then disappears for 6 years. In the interim
, the child grows into the next Messiah
, without Basinger noticing. Fortunately, a cult of Satanist
s, under the front of a Scientology-style cult
, do notice, and they abduct the child to try and turn her to Lucifer
's service. Jimmy Smits
serves a largely pointless role as an FBI agent
who is investigating a series of child abduction
s associated with the search for Basinger's kid.
So what made this movie so bad?
- Every character was one-dimensional, with the exception of the actual child, who actually had some acting range.
- The lines were hokey. After some crucial evidence is discovered: "We'll get those Satan-loving freaks now!". I shit you not.
- Police procedure seems to have been cribbed from old episodes of Hawaii Five-O
- The CGI special effects were of about the same caliber as what you would see on an episode of Xena. When I told my friend this, she said "Duh, this movie was produced by the same people that produced Xena."
- In particular, their demons looked a lot like what the Winged Monkeys should look like in a remake of The Wizard of Oz.
- Finally, the entire film is presented as kind of Catholic propaganda. Everything is too predictable and heavy-handed to see it as anything else.
I saw this movie because I wanted to get out of the heat
into an Air-Conditioned theater
, and I missed Space Cowboys
. Then I went to see Cecil B Demented
, which I liked a lot better. 2 stars, because of the girl's acting.