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It appears that harmless little Joshua, of the quiet and unassuming character, is not so benign after all. In fact, far from it - Lily's birth seems to be the catalyst that brings forth his psychopathic behavior [arguably simmering within him all along]. At first, the problems seem to have ordinary reasons - Abby seems unable to cope with the demands of motherhood [understandable given her history of depression and PPD], dad Brad seems to be the quintessential good guy, a supportive husband and dad trying to balance the demands of work and family, but the audience is never kept in the dark as to the sinister force behind the family's problems.
The acting was surprisingly good given that the main actors are not really well-known. Brad Cairn [as played by Sam Rockwell] makes a convincing husband and father and is the proverbial good guy in a bad situation. Vera Farmiga is also believable as Abby Cairn, whose misery at being unable to cope with a fussy infant and the demands of being a wife and mother added to her battle with depression is very convincing indeed - except that you tend to wonder - why does she refuse to seek help [no nanny, housekeeper, or even family rule?]. This does stretch the credulity level a bit, but still works on-screen.Read more ›
The father (Sam Rockwell) tries to be good..just to constantly do the right thing for everyone. This is thwarted by the little boy who seems jealous of the baby...or maybe it's that he's just bad. I couldn't tell until the end. I just knew that the boy who played this part (who's surprisingly handsome by now) is the creepiest kid I've ever watched on screen WITHOUT having to make "evil eyes" or "evil little boy faces". Just by way of his gaze, he is an absolute freak, and the most realistically scary kid I've ever seen in a film.
There are a few obvious cinematic borrowings from other famous suspense films here. For example, you might, at a few points, be reminded of Damien's targeted, juggernaut cycling scene in "The Omen." Then there is a twist on the famous "Potemkin" stairway/baby carriage scene.
But unlike those films, "Joshua" strives for and achieves the more low-key disquiet of mundane reality. And it is made all the more disturbingly realistic by the fact that not only Joshua, but all the family members are shown with at least thread-line cracks running through their personalities.
"Joshua" is a well-written, well-acted must-see for all suspense movie fans, as well as for all students of family dynamics.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What happened to the mom after all? This movie ends with many ends untied; like the father in jail, and the uncle maybe stepping to raise this evil kid.Published 1 month ago by connie
Probably the worst movie I have sat through in a while. I almost want to demand a refund. If they were trying to get any point of the movie across at all, well, they failed. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amy
This was sent to me in error. It is not the story of Jesus in the world today. Hope this does not happen to anyone else.Published 13 months ago by J. Mitchell
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