Orphan: First Kill (2022)

Orphan: First Kill (2022)

Movie Details

Orphan: First Kill (2022)
Director: William Brent Bell
Cast-Isabelle Fuhrman, Julia Stiles, and Rossif Sutherland
Movie Type: Horror/Mystery
Release date: 19 August 2022
IMDB Rating: 5.9/10
Languages: English, Estonian, and Spanish
Duration: 1h 39m


Orphan: First Kill (2022)


Although the horror thriller Orphan: First Kill avoided Czech cinemas at the time, it managed to make a very good impression on those overseas. Isabelle Fuhrman, then twelve years old, presented herself here in a very demanding role, but she managed it with complete clarity, she was helped by a cleverly devised script and skilled and more experienced acting colleagues, and director Jaume Collet-Serra really kicked off his career here and got to work with Liam Neeson and this year he has a second film with Dwayne Johnson. Success on all fronts. However, it is impossible to say that the world is calling for another work.

However Orphan: First Kill is back and this time, unlike the first one, it is also heading to Czech cinemas. Orphan: First Kill is of course not a sequel, the finale of the first film pretty much ruled out this possibility. We’re doing a prequel instead. That seems like a pretty stupid idea at first glance. And since I’m going to address the point of the first slide, please consider continuing. And also if going to the prequel, because I don’t think that would make much sense. But don’t say I didn’t warn you. So… Fuhrman played Esther in Orphan, a nine-year-old girl who is a thirty-year-old psychopath suffering from a rare disease that makes her look like a little girl. But she is a first-class magician and manipulator who is not afraid to walk over corpses.

This question bothered me for about the first half of Orphan: First Kill It’s clear from the beginning who Esther is, the creators blur it out almost immediately, and after the initial massacre, after which the subtitle Orphan: First Kill can be considered a rather weird joke, this little big psychopath finds herself in another ideal family. She starts pretending to be the daughter that Tricia and Allen lost years ago. Esther quickly gains her trust, and a few ambiguities about her behavior don’t make anyone too nervous. And so she can calmly plan more bloody shenanigans again. But then something happens that pretty fundamentally changes the rest of the movie and pretty much justifies the existence of the prequel. In the end, it is not just a variation on the first part, but a completely different type of conflict is being worked on here. Which is interesting on the one hand, and somewhat problematic on the other.

While the first film, which relied on the surprise and mystery of the main character, could easily choose good, bad and those who die halfway through, the creators did not have that luxury. Esther is a jerk, the audience knows it and the creators know the audience knows it. Fortunately, the new conflict in which the crazy little assassin finds herself is far from black and white. Esther suddenly finds herself in the position of a victim and someone who has to fight for her life and is facing an equally dangerous adversary. And at the same time, they both have to play the pretend game and family well-being until the end.

It’s an interesting change, although it all led to the fact that it’s pretty hard to keep your fingers crossed in Orphan: First Kill. And I had a bit of a problem rooting for Esther herself, or even finding someone to whom I would like a happy ending. Overall, however, the character, who was seemingly exhausted at the end of the first film, is handled in a rather unexpected way. Although Isabelle Fuhrman is twenty-five today and it’s not always possible to hide it with makeup, she pulls the film as an actress. And if she had more capable partners next to her and someone more capable behind the camera than William Brent Bell, a routine and specialist in horror average, I would easily go a little higher with the rating.

Esther herself is a frightening and at the same time fascinating character this time, moreover, she found herself in a really interesting story, but her representative was somehow left alone. And while I have to say that Orphan: First Kill turned out much better and much “less unnecessary” than I thought, it doesn’t even come close to the qualities of number one. There is simply less of that talent overall.

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