Bless the Child (2000)

Bless the Child (2000)

Released: 2000
Genre: Crime, Drama, Genre, Horror
Director: Chuck Russell
Starring: Rufus Sewell, Jimmy Smits, Kim Basinger, ,
Run time: 107 min
IMDb: 5.1/10
Country: USA
Views: 187481


Omens and concepts of good vs. evil have no place in Maggie O’Connor’s well-ordered, practical universe. Her life revolves around her job as a nurse at a busy New York City hospital, until one rainy night, her sister Jenna abandons her newborn, autistic daughter at her home. Maggie takes the baby in, and she becomes the daughter she never had. Six years later Jenna suddenly re-appears with a mysterious new husband, Eric, and abducts Cody. Despite the fact that Maggie has no legal rights to Cody, F.B.I. Agent John Travis, an expert in ritual homicide and occult-related crime, takes up her cause when he realizes that Cody shares the same birth date as several other recently missing children. The little girl, it soon becomes clear, is more than simply “special”. She manifests extraordinary powers that the forces of evil have waited centuries to control, and her abduction sparks a clash between the soldiers of good and evil that can only be resolved, in the end, by the strength of one …
User Reviews: The struggle between "good and evil," from the simplistic and superstitious point of view, is a popular theme for shockers aimed at the Christian audience in general, and the Catholic in particular. Those of us who find fantasies about gods and devils rather comical, along with analogous tooth fairy and the boogeyman under the bed business, will view such a plot as unintentionally amusing, but for others, evidently, such silliness must be truly frightening.

This variation on the fool’s plot is different from others of the type in that the salvation character is given as a little girl, rather than a boy, but otherwise it is standard hokum. The "devil" is out to take over the world, but Jesus has come back…as a girl? Wow! That much would be astonishing enough except that the writers failed to take advantage of the point. Instead, it’s just another example of adults acting like fools, doing the wrong things, going in the wrong directions, and so forth, thus complicating the plot.

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