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FILM REVIEW: CHILD’S PLAY (15) ESP RATING 3/5

It’s Child’s Play… but not as we know it.

This remake of the 1988 horror film received criticism way before the movie was even released. Once people had seen what the all-new killer doll looked like, hashtags such as #NotMyChucky dominated the internet.

I must admit that I wasn’t particularly thrilled at first by the idea of the filmmakers dramatically changing a title character. Regardless, I went into my screening with an open mind.

It’s not just the look of Chucky that’s changed. The long-time voice actor Brad Dourif has been replaced by Mark Hamill, who’s eerie tone sent chills down my spine.

In Child’s Play, single mother Karen Barclay (Aubrey Plaza from Parks and Recreation) brings home a technologically advanced doll for her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) on his birthday. Unfortunately for them, this particular toy had been re-programmed to be murderous by a disgruntled Vietnamese factory worker.

From the moment he’s switched on, Chucky has a disturbing level of loyalty to Andy. As he starts witnessing and learning about violence, the doll decides that this is the way to deal with anyone that comes between him and his owner.

During a couple of stand-out scenes, the gore is as imaginatively twisted – as to be expected from a film linked to the original version many know and love. The majority of this film though, is a little too goofy with many wasted opportunities. I soon warmed to the idea of technology playing a big part in the movie, but the filmmakers never quite used the concept to its full potential. Without giving too much away, the third act could have been mind-blowing but it just wasn’t meant to be.

Overall, Child’s Play would have worked better as an original sci-fi/horror. I can’t help but think the name was simply splashed all over it to help sell tickets. Those that haven’t seen the 1988 version should get a kick out of this. Afterall, it’s not a terrible movie. But those of us who’ve seen the original are obviously going to make comparisons – and I feel that most will conclude that this is the weakest of the two.

ESP Rating 3/5

Mikey Clarke

Genre: Horror & Comedy

Running Time: 90mins

Directed By: Lars Klevberg

Cast: Amber Taylor, Aubrey Plaza, Beatrice Kitsos, Brian Tyree Henry, Carlease Burke, David Lewis, Gabriel Bateman, Hannah Drew, Kristin York, Mark Hamill, Mia Bella, Nicole Anthony, Tim Matheson, Trent Redekop, Ty Consiglio, Veenu Sandhu & Zahra Anderson.

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