Bless The Child
THE INTEREST in the occult, mystical and the nether world has preoccupied Hollywood from time to time. And luckily there are enough backers for such projects hoping that something out of the ordinary should fascinate.
That probably happens because what are beyond normal things are subjects of morbid interest and this Paramount venture deals with some aspects of that.
Coming from Chuck Russell, director of ``The Mask', ``Eraser," ``The Omen-1," ``Omen -11," ``The Hunt For The Red October."
``Bless The Child"' deals with good and evil in its most understood sense- of God and Satan and the fight till the end. In the city of New York, the film opens to some really eerie music and dark stone gargoyles representing the evil forces. The grim beginning sets the mood for the film, which centres round the biblical birth of a child on a particular day, which some few thousand years ago brought about the birth of Christ or the saviour. A saviour is born again and the evil ones want this child so that they can turn her into one of them and gain supremacy over the world. So to save the world the child needs to be saved.
Maggie (Kim Basinger) is one day left with her junkie sister's baby to love and cherish in her lonely life. The child Cody is very special- autistic to an extent she has some powers not quite understood by mere mortals. On the scene comes the terror caused by the murders of six year olds - the search for this special child! Desperate and petrified Maggie turns to the police who predictably are unimpressed till she bumps into Decker (Jimmy Smits) a detective specialising in occult crimes. It won't do good to say what comes next because there is a special vicarious pleasure in getting scared out of your wits despite knowing fully well that good will triumph. But the journey to that end is gripping never mind if it is most improbable! One of those run of the mill films made to satisfy the morbid side entertainment.
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