Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Case 39 Review

Halloween is the season for candy, haunted houses, costumes, and of course, scary movies!  I started my scary movie marathon with Case 39, an excellent horror movie staring Renee Zellweger as a social worker fighting to save children from difficult home environments.   I have to say, I'm a little biased because this movie hit very close to home for me.  I spent 2 years working as an  in home therapist for children at risk from being removed from the home by DHR.  I felt the main character's suffering and related to her and the therapist's and psychologists that ran the children's groups profoundly.  It is a hard job and often you lose more than you win in the battles to save children from their environment.

Case 39 gives you a character who is fighting this battle every day and is desperate to win and save the world one child at a time.  She is overworked and under paid and on top of her huge caseload she gets another client, case 39.   The main character relates to this case more than any other and goes above and beyond the call of duty to save a little girl from parents that clearly want to kill her.  When the system fails,  she enlists one of her close friends on the police force to save the girl and they find her parents trying to put the sleeping child into an oven.

Of course, our sweet, tragic girl is not what she seems.   It isn't long after Rene takes the tragic child in before the children on Rene's caseload begin to have horrible things happen to them.  It isn't just the children.  All those around her begin to die or suffer worse fates than death.  Case 39 was a good movie that I wouldn't mind seeing again.  It is definitely a good start to my Halloween horror fest!

11 comments:

Joanne Kennedy said...

I thought it was a pretty good movie too. With the exception of the bees. That went way over board :)

Pam Morris said...

I don't know...I was sort of disappointed in it, especially after "Orphan"...still, I saw "case 39" a long time ago (European DVD)...perhaps I'll have another go!

Adsila said...

I don't know if I will be seeing this one anytime soon, so thanks for your review. The trailer made it look real strange and scary.

PaleMother said...

Oh ... I read about this one a while back, but I'd forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder. Glad to hear it was good. I look forward to seeing it.

I just added it to my netflix cue and it spit up some suggestions ... have you seen Stir Of Echoes? It's been a while since I've seen it, but that's a good one. I forgot to put it on my list earlier ....

PS. I put a link up to your book on my blog. :)

Jessica Penot said...

Joanne,,, to be honest with you I was in the bathroom during the hornet scene so I can't even comment. I wish I could. Too much soda.

Pam... I'm actually talking about the new case 39,,, but now that you've told me it was a remake (I didn't know this) I'll look for the old one. Case 39 is still in theaters (the one I saw).

Adsila... It was kind of scary

Palemother.. You might get the original Case 39... The new one is still in theaters!

pr0udmom0f3 said...

I want to see this soooo badly.

magikalseasons said...

I'll have to check it out. It's really the perfect time of year for these scary movies! I worked with kids and families at risk too. It is not an easy task.

Gabriel Alexander said...

I've been watching a lot of scary movies on AMC lately-one's that I've seen thousands of times. I need to find some new scary movies to watch. Where can I find this movie at? Redbox? lol

Jessica Penot said...

Sadly, this one is still in theaters!

laughingwolf said...

will look for it, thx!

hdofu said...

The only thing I found scary about this movie was that they spent 27 million on it