Emily Jenkins (Renee Zellweger) is living the busy life of a social worker. She has many cases to investigate, she has to tolerate parent’s ranting because they are scared they might lose their children and she doesn’t have a social life. All of her cases are seemingly routine until her boss gives her case 39. Case 39 involves suspicious neglect of 12-year-old Lillith Sullivan (Jodelle Ferland). Emily makes a trip to visit the Sullivan’s to give conseling to working out their issues. When she arrives there, the mother is distant and the father will only communicate to her by whispering in his wives ear. Emily talks to Lillith and discovers the horrible events planned out for her by her parents. Emily must get her out but no one can help. Until, she gets a horrifying ‘help me’ call from Lillith and walks in to stop Lillith’s parents from performing a brutal act. Her parents are taken away and after discussing her case to her peers, Lillith can come home with her. Things are going well, they are already in mother and daughter mode with hair brushings and sipping tea together. Strange events begin to happen and they are all connected to Lillith. Soon Emily realizes that Lillith is not the person she thought she was. Maybe she was wrong to stop Lillith’s parents. Will Emily live? Who is Lillith? Is Lillith possessed or being haunted? Will Emily be able to save Lillith?

Review:

First off, I would like to say that the trailers are a complete throw-off from the film. The trailer made the movie seem that Lillith was being haunted by evil spirits and Emily was there to protect her. Wrong. It was complete opposite. I really enjoyed watching this film. I was already a fan of Jodelle Ferland from “Silent Hill” and kudos to Renee for playing this type of role. The main part I loved about this movie, was that Lillith in the beginning came off as a shy, polite, scared child who wanted help. By the middle, I noticed how her voice changed (dialect, I mean). For instance, when she would go to have phyc meetings with Emily’s friend, Douglas Ames (Bradley Cooper), she would barely talk to him. Then her personailty went from unsure to confident when she started talking to Douglas by trying to get inside his head and make him scared. It worked. I loved that switch. I also enjoyed that the director and writer didn’t ‘over do it’ with the special effects to show too much demon. Less is better. Renee did a great job as the concerned social worker who wants to help every child and change to plotting the death of Lillith. All in all, I will by this film when it comes out. Good job.