Flash Movie Review: When the Bough Breaks
It used to be one would peruse the sale advertisements, see something they like/want/need, go to the store and buy it. You knew what you were getting; the item purchased matched the ad. Then something changed in the sale papers, instead of mentioning the name brand the verbiage stated, “…assorted brands from top manufacturers.” The pictures in the advertisements were shot in such a way that you could not make out the name on the product. Okay I get that, the retail store wants you to come in, hoping you buy the product; but if you do not, then they hope you will find something else while you are in their store. In a similar vein with the move to selling on the internet, I have heard a variety of stories about people buying something that was not exactly what was represented on the web site. Just a couple of weeks ago I was with some friends who had recently returned from a vacation. They decided to try the site that offers stays at people’s houses instead of motels/hotels. They even showed me the place and I have to say it looked charming. However, when they arrived at the home the lawn was strewn with a variety of things from shovels (I know, I thought the same thing—graves) to a broken bicycle. The owner answered the door in a dirty, torn T-shirt. He showed them the room and bathroom and let me just say it was not modern, nor was it sparkling clean if you know what I mean. To finish this story, they stayed only 1 night then moved to a hotel. The moral of the story is, “looks can be deceiving.” DESPARATE to start a family John and Laura Taylor, played by Morris Chestnut (The Call, The Best Man Holiday) and Regina Hall (Law Abiding Citizen, Think Like a Man), had been looking for the perfect surrogate mother. Down to their last frozen egg they were sure they found the right one when they saw Anna Walsh, played by Jaz Sinclair (Paper Towns). Also starring Theo Rossi (Bad Hurt, Sons of Anarchy-TV) as Mike Mitchell, this dramatic horror mystery started out okay. I was familiar with Morris and Regina seeing them from previous films, but what attracted my attention more was their characters’ house. The movie started out fine and used the hook of motherhood to grab the viewers. Sadly things went south very quickly. The story was beyond generic, having been done numerous times before. I pretty much found most things so predictable that I was constantly bored. There may have been a couple of scenes that had the hint of a surprise but they were few and far between. Even some of the spoken lines were cheesy and clichéd. I am sure the actors tried their best but there was very little effort given to the script to give the actors something to work with beyond the obvious. In fact, the best part or should I say parts of this film was the trailer. Watch the trailer and you have seen the movie; watch the trailer and movie and you will understand why looks can be deceiving.
1 ¾ stars
Posted on September 13, 2016, in Drama and tagged 1 3/4 stars, drama, horror, jaz sinclair surrogate, morris chestnut, mystery, pregnancy, regina hall, theo rossi. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.
Isn’t like that a lot of the time? So many trailers make the movie look amazing which is their job and generally done well so it’s that moth to a flame thing where we flock to see these films that have drawn us to their enigmatic fires only to be often quickly extinguished by disappointment. This one I had no interest in seeing from the get go but some people will enjoy it for what it’s worth I’m sure. Not expecting it to last long in the cinemas though. A lot of these movies don’t even make it to theatres up here in Canada because they do so poorly in the U.S. or if they do come up here it’s at a very limited # of theatres like Anthropoid, we had to go all the way downtown for it as no common theatre was playing it. Out of the more than a dozen in the greater Toronto area only 3 were showing it so it’s often a hit and miss up here. This one I don’t mind missing lol. Cheers
I had to chuckle because it sounds like the films get their test run in the US and if they succeed then they can go up to Canada. If what you say takes place then Canadians should consider themselves lucky if this film doesn’t make the cut. Thanks for the comments.