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Case 39 (2009)

  • Rate: 6.1/10 total 24,045 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 1 October 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 109 min
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Case 39 (2009)


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  • IMDb page: Case 39 (2009)
  • Rate: 6.1/10 total 24,045 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 1 October 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 109 min
  • Filming Location: Burbank, California, USA
  • Budget: $27,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $13,248,477(USA)(14 November 2010)
  • Director: Christian Alvart
  • Stars: Renée Zellweger, Ian McShane and Jodelle Ferland
  • Original Music By: Michl Britsch   
  • Soundtrack: Army Of Angels
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Social Worker | School Bus | Extreme Close Up | Ferocious Dog | Screwdriver

Writing Credits By:

  • Ray Wright (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Chloë Grace Moretz and Isabelle Fuhrman were considered for the part of Lillith. Coincidently, this film opened in the United States the same week as Let Me In, which starred Moretz.
  • While shooting one of the fire scenes for the movie, a special effect fire got out of control and burned the whole set down, including the studio stage it was built into and almost all of the crew’s equipment. Nobody was seriously injured and filming resumed the very next day with equipment being hauled in from all over the world.
  • With one exception, all the shots with Renée Zellweger being close to and around fire are real (practical effects). The one CG-enhanced shot is the wide angle of her sitting passively on the couch while the room was burning around her. This was shot twice: Once with her and no fire and once with fire and no Renée.
  • The film was completed in 2007. It took 3 years for it to finally get released in the United States.

Goofs: Factual errors: [SPOILER] In the institutional dining room scene, you see an inmate eating peas one at a time using a metal knife and fork set. Shortly thereafter, Ed Sullivan stabs the man with a plastic fork. High risk facilities do not allow metal utensils, nor even regular plastic knives and forks, they use sporks (spoon – fork combination utensils with short tines). Otherwise, the result is they can be used as weapons, just as depicted here.

Plot: A social worker fights to save a girl from her abusive parents, only to discover that the situation is more dangerous than she ever expected. Full summary »  »

Story: "Case 39" centers on an idealistic social worker who saves an abused 10-year-old girl from her parents only to discover that the girl is not as innocent as she thinks.Written by Unknown  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Lisa Bruce known as co-producer
  • Steve Golin known as producer
  • Alix Madigan known as co-producer
  • Kevin Misher known as producer
  • Scott Thaler known as producer: additional photogtraphy (uncredited)

FullCast & Crew:

  • Renée Zellweger known as Emily Jenkins
  • Jodelle Ferland known as Lilith Sullivan
  • Ian McShane known as Det. Mike Barron
  • Bradley Cooper known as Doug
  • Callum Keith Rennie known as Edward Sullivan
  • Adrian Lester known as Wayne
  • Kerry O'Malley known as Margaret Sullivan
  • Cynthia Stevenson known as Nancy
  • Alexander Conti known as Diego
  • Philip Cabrita known as Javier
  • Vanesa Tomasino known as Javier's Wife
  • Mary Black known as Custody Judge
  • Domenico D'Ambrosio known as Plainclothes Cop
  • Benita Ha known as Therapist
  • J. Winston Carroll known as Judge (as John Carroll)
  • Michael Bean known as Co-Worker
  • Lesley Ewen known as Co-Worker
  • David Patrick Green known as Chief Psychiatrist
  • Dee Jay Jackson known as Bus Driver
  • Taya Calicetto known as Young Emily
  • Alisen Down known as Emily's Mother
  • Darryl Quon known as Inmate
  • Suzanne Bastien known as Nurse
  • Jane Braithwaite known as Nurse
  • Fulvio Cecere known as Fire Marshall
  • Colin Lawrence known as Police Sergeant
  • Dagmar Midcap known as News Anchor
  • Fran Gebhard known as Coordinator
  • Bill Mondy known as Interviewer
  • Andrew Airlie known as Doctor
  • Sarah-Jane Redmond known as Barron's Wife (as Sarah Jane Redmond)
  • Charles Zuckermann known as Demon Person
  • Yvonne Valdez known as Mrs. Lynch
  • Paul Duchart known as Priest
  • Daniel Bacon known as Businessperson
  • Darren E. Scott known as Young Cop
  • Dalias Blake known as Detention Center Cop
  • Phillip Mitchell known as Lead Guard
  • Uldouz Wallace known as Ballroom Dancer
  • Camille Atebe known as New Caseworker (uncredited)
  • Linden Banks known as Angry Man (uncredited)
  • Georgia Craig known as Denise (uncredited)
  • Terence Dament known as Bailiff (uncredited)
  • Jillian Fargey known as Foster Mom (uncredited)
  • Ryan Harder known as Foster Brother (uncredited)
  • Adrian Hough known as Man in Suit (uncredited)
  • Tiffany Lyndall-Knight known as Darla – Teacher (uncredited)
  • Hal Myshrall known as Gay Adoptive Parent (uncredited)
  • Kate Robbins known as Supervisor (uncredited)
  • Michael Ryan known as Foster Dad (uncredited)
  • Sadie known as Terror Dog (uncredited)
  • Norm Sherry known as Principal (uncredited)
  • Cindy Sungu known as Mia – Girl in Classroom (uncredited)
  • John Andrew Vaas known as Inmate (uncredited)
  • Ian A. Wallace known as Bald Lunatic (uncredited)
  • Danny Wattley known as Detention Center Cop (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Donna Bis known as hair stylist: Ms. Zellweger
  • Susan Boyd known as assistant hair stylist
  • Rebecca Lee known as assistant makeup artist
  • Toby Lindala known as special effects makeup
  • Lisa Love known as makeup artist
  • Nancy Steyns known as hair stylist
  • Brad Wilder known as makeup artist: Ms. Zellweger
  • Julie Beaton known as special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
  • Harlow MacFarlane known as special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
  • Geoff Redknap known as special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
  • Candice Stafford known as makeup artist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Vanessa Anderson known as assistant set decorator
  • Travis J. Brooks known as greensperson
  • John Burke known as assistant art director (as John G. Burke)
  • Janice Chiu known as art department assistant
  • Jason Claridge known as lead painter
  • Trevor Cole known as set dresser
  • Miya Dube known as set dresser
  • Peter Grace known as construction coordinator
  • Steve Houle known as on-set dresser (as Steve 'Frosty' Houle)
  • Mark Howes known as lead dresser
  • Herminio Kam known as paint coordinator
  • Mike Lilley known as graphic designer
  • Eric Partridge known as assistant property master
  • Steve Reintjes known as scenic artist (as Steven Reintjes)
  • Mike Sorochuk known as construction foreperson
  • Shelley Surette known as set dresser
  • Grant Swain known as property master
  • Nevin Swain known as assistant property master
  • Mark Tompkins known as on-set painter
  • Carie Wallis known as art department coordinator
  • Mikal Williams known as on-set carpenter
  • Mike Wilson known as lead metal fabricator
  • Berj Daniel Bedrosian known as gang boss (uncredited)
  • Robert Consing known as storyboard artist (uncredited)
  • Nelson Dewey known as storyboard artist (uncredited)
  • J.J. Mestinsek known as scenic artist (uncredited)
  • Darren Moore known as best boy greensperson (uncredited)
  • D. Martin Myatt known as props (uncredited)
  • Dean Rossmo known as construction buyer (uncredited)
  • Jan Saße known as storyboard artist (uncredited)
  • Dylan Schenkeveld known as tool maintenance (uncredited)
  • Mark Vena known as storyboard artist (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Paramount Vantage (presents)
  • Misher Films
  • Anonymous Content
  • Case 39 Productions

Other Companies:

  • Animal Actors Sweet Sunshine  animals provided by
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • City of Vancouver Film Department and Special Events  the producers wish to thank (as Vancouver Film & Special Events Office)
  • Custom Film Effects  opticals
  • Edible Planet Catering  catering (as Edible Planet)
  • Pacific Title and Art Studio  title design
  • Paramount Studios  digital sound editing (as Paramount Pictures Sound Department)
  • Post Modern Sound  ADR recording facility
  • Province of British Columbia  with the participation of
  • Todd-AO Studios  re-recorded at (as Todd-AO Hollywood)
  • Vantage Film  HAWK anamorphic lenses provided by
  • Video Split Productions  video assist equipment
  • Warner Bros. Eastwood Scoring Stage  music recorded and mixed at
  • Widget Post Production  sound post-production


  • Paramount Pictures Entertainment (2010) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Pictures (2010) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Vantage (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Solar Entertainment (2010) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2010) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2009) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2010) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2010) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2010) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2009) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2010) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Audio Visual Entertainment (2010) (Greece) (DVD)
  • Film1 (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment Finland (2010) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2010) (UK) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2010) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2010) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2010) (Sweden) (DVD) (Blu-ray)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Rainmaker (visual effects)
  • Hydraulx (visual effects) (as Hy*drau"lx)
  • Lola Visual Effects (additional visual effects)
  • Pacific Title and Art Studio (additional visual effects)
  • At The Post (additional visual effects)
  • Custom Film Effects (opticals)
  • Rainmaker Animation & Visual Effects (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Simon Ager known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Luis Carlos Aguilar known as animator: Rainmaker
  • Lee Allan known as compositor: Rainmaker (as Allan Lee)
  • Casey Allen known as Inferno artist: Lola Visual Effects
  • Michael Amasio known as cg artist: Rainmaker
  • Alena Astashenkava known as digital film i/o technician: Rainmaker
  • Susanne Becker known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Riley Benard known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Michael Bogen known as digital compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Justin Brekke known as visual effects coordinator: Rainmaker
  • Jeff Bruneel known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Shauna Bryn known as senior visual effects producer: Rainmaker (as Shauna Bryan)
  • Craig Calvert known as CG supervisor: Rainmaker
  • Hyemee Choi known as cg artist: Rainmaker
  • Joshua Cordes known as animation supervisor: Hy*drau"lx
  • Bryan Davies known as cg artist: Rainmaker
  • Kristin Dearholt known as digital production manager: Rainmaker (as Kristen Dearholt)
  • Chris Derochie known as animator: Rainmaker
  • Mike Diltz known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Jason Dowdeswell known as visual effects production supervisor: Rainmaker
  • Debora Dunphy known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • James Fantin known as visual effects coordinator: Rainmaker
  • Kelly Fischer known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Chad Lee Fox known as cg artist: Rainmaker (as Chad Fox)
  • Evan Fraser known as lead matchmover: Rainmaker
  • Paul Furminger known as visual effects editor: Rainmaker
  • Joe Gareri known as visual effects executive producer: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Matthew Gilson known as conceptual designer: Hy*drau"lx (as Mat Gilson)
  • Sally Goldberg known as cg artist: Rainmaker
  • Antony Graf known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Brian Hanable known as Inferno compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Chris Haney known as lead cg artist: Hy*drau"lx
  • Zane Harker known as color correction technician: Rainmaker
  • Mark Harrison known as cg artist: Rainmaker
  • Peter Hart known as lead matchmover: Rainmaker
  • Maureen Healy known as digital compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Hans Heymans known as cg artist: Rainmaker
  • Steven Hodgson known as visual effects supervisor: Rainmaker (as Steve Hodgson)
  • Suez Holland known as roto lead: Rainmaker
  • Jeremy Hunt known as digital artist: At The Post
  • Yasamin Ismaili known as visual effects coordinator: Hy*drau"lx
  • Travis Wade Ivy known as compositor: Rainmaker (as Wade Ivy)
  • Viv Jim known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Brad Kalinoski known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Dean Koonjul known as compositor: Rainmaker UK (as Dean Koonjal)
  • Bill Kunin known as compositing supervisor: Hy*drau"lx
  • Alex Kyrou known as digital film i/o technician: Rainmaker
  • Tom Lamb known as digital compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Matthew Lane known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Amy Lee known as cg artist: Rainmaker
  • Erik Liles known as visual effects supervisor: Hy*drau"lx
  • Hugh Macdonald known as compositor: Rainmaker (as Hugh MacDonald)
  • Shelley Maclean known as visual effects editor: Rainmaker
  • Agata Matuszak known as animator: Rainmaker
  • Dan Mayer known as cg artist: Rainmaker
  • Michael Meagher known as visual effects producer: Hy*drau"lx (as Tony Meagher)
  • Abel Milanes known as compositing supervisor: Rainmaker
  • Robert Montgomery known as digital compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Brian Moylan known as visual effects production supervisor: Rainmaker
  • Thomas Nittmann known as visual effects producer: Lola Visual Effects
  • Collette Nunes known as visual effects editor: Rainmaker UK
  • Robert Olsson known as conceptual designer: Hy*drau"lx (as Rob Olsson)
  • Jinnie Pak known as visual effects line producer: Rainmaker
  • Russell Pearsall known as character rigger: Hy*drau"lx (as Russell 'Riggins' Pearsall)
  • Diana Jane Perry known as digital film technician: Rainmaker (as Diana Perry)
  • Christine Petrov known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Lee Pierce known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Ed Plant known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Gary Poole known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Scott Puckett known as visual effects production manager
  • Mark Pullyblank known as animator: Rainmaker
  • Becky Roberts known as visual effects coordinator: Rainmaker
  • Chris Roff known as visual effects producer: Rainmaker
  • Karl Rogovin known as cg coordinator: Hy*drau"lx
  • Daniel Rubin known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Peter Scott known as cg artist: Rainmaker
  • Judy D. Shane known as compositor: Rainmaker (as Judy Shane)
  • Wayne A. Shepherd known as digital compositor: At The Post (as Wayne Shepherd)
  • Karl Sisson known as cg artist: Rainmaker
  • David Sosalla known as visual effects supervisor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Mark Stewart known as cg artist: Rainmaker
  • Naomi Stopa known as visual effects production manager: Rainmaker
  • Shigeharu Tomotoshi known as senior lighting technical director: Hy*drau"lx
  • Luke Vallee known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Sebastien Veilleux known as compositor: Rainmaker
  • Juliana Wade known as rotoscope and matchmove coordinator: Rainmaker
  • Sean Wallitsch known as Inferno artist: Lola Visual Effects
  • Chris Watts known as visual effects supervisor
  • Chris Wells known as cg supervisor: Hy*drau"lx (as Chris 'LH' Wells)
  • Bob Wiatr known as Inferno compositor: Pacific Title & Art Studio
  • Edson Williams known as visual effects supervisor: Lola Visual Effects
  • Greg Winhall known as animator: Rainmaker
  • Loeng Wong-Savun known as Inferno artist: Lola Visual Effects
  • Yoshiya Yamada known as modeling supervisor: Hy*drau"lx
  • Ryan Zuttermeister known as associate visual effects producer: Lola Visual Effects
  • Eri Adachi known as rotoscope artist: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • Dan Adams known as visual effects (uncredited)
  • Josh Awesome known as rotoscope artist: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • Graeme Baitz known as rotoscope artist: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • Richie Basilan known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Jamie Baxter known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Ryan Beadle known as digital i/o (uncredited)
  • Eleazar Biason known as matchmove artist (uncredited)
  • David Chen known as rotoscope artist (uncredited)
  • Vincent Cheng known as matchmove artist (uncredited)
  • Trent Claus known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Chase Cooper known as character technical director (uncredited)
  • Samuel M. Dabbs known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Mark Dornfeld known as visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
  • Nick Drew known as visual effects production manager: CIS London (uncredited)
  • Paddy Eason known as visual effects supervisor: Rainmaker London (uncredited)
  • Marcus Erbar known as matchmove artist: Hydraulx (uncredited)
  • Gerald Feather known as visual effects (uncredited)
  • Brian Fisher known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Miguel A. Guerrero known as visual effects (uncredited)
  • Jason Hancox known as rotoscope artist: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • R.J. Harbour known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Karl Herrmann known as visual effects director of photography (uncredited)
  • Shaina Holmes known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Shaina Holmes known as digital coordinator (uncredited)
  • Simon Hughes known as senior compositor: Rainmaker UK (uncredited)
  • Chris Ingersoll known as inferno artist (uncredited)
  • Tom Kimberley known as compositor: Rainmaker UK (uncredited)
  • Daniel Kruse known as head of tracking: Hydraulx (uncredited)
  • Paulina Kuszta known as visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
  • Benjamin Kutsko known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Charles Lai known as rotoscope artist (uncredited)
  • Jeremy Lang known as head of information technology: Custom Film Effects (uncredited)
  • Matthias Lowry known as visual effects (uncredited)
  • Tom Mangat known as rotoscope artist (uncredited)
  • Tom McHattie known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Ryan Mintenko known as digital artist (uncredited)
  • Fion Mok known as matchmove artist: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • Sam Nixon known as senior matchmove artist (uncredited)
  • Roma O'Connor known as executive effects producer (uncredited)
  • Vasho Pekar known as rotoscope artist: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • Enrico Perei known as senior digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Chris Pettigrew known as visual effects (uncredited)
  • Mario Pochat known as animator (uncredited)
  • Jody Prouse known as matchmove artist: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • Christopher J. Richardson known as boujou artist: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • Michael Richmond known as i/o vfx support (uncredited)
  • Becky Roberts known as visual effects line producer (uncredited)
  • Scott Russell known as digital artist (uncredited)
  • Vishal Rustgi known as rotoscope artist (uncredited)
  • Harrison Rutherford known as visual effects (uncredited)
  • Kody Sabourin known as visual effects consultant (uncredited)
  • Drew Shields known as senior matchmove artist: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • Curtis Tsai known as data i/o: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • Curtis Tsai known as matchmove artist: Rainmaker (uncredited)
  • Brent Veal known as rotoscope artist (uncredited)
  • Mike Washburn known as rotoscope artist (uncredited)
  • Amani Williams known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Joni Williams known as rotoscope artist (uncredited)
  • Jessica Woods known as rotoscope artist (uncredited)
  • Teh-wei Yeh known as matchmove artist (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • New Zealand 13 August 2009
  • Germany 21 August 2009 (Berlin Fantasy Filmfest)
  • Spain 28 August 2009
  • Russia 3 September 2009
  • Ukraine 3 September 2009
  • Kazakhstan 4 September 2009
  • South Korea 10 September 2009
  • United Arab Emirates 8 October 2009
  • Indonesia 16 October 2009
  • Lithuania 23 October 2009
  • Australia 5 November 2009
  • Kuwait 5 November 2009
  • Turkey 6 November 2009
  • Egypt 25 November 2009
  • Singapore 26 November 2009
  • Taiwan 27 November 2009
  • Hong Kong 3 December 2009
  • Mexico 4 December 2009
  • Poland 4 December 2009
  • Malaysia 14 January 2010
  • Portugal 14 January 2010
  • Romania 15 January 2010
  • Italy 19 January 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Thailand 21 January 2010
  • Philippines 3 February 2010
  • Ireland 5 March 2010
  • UK 5 March 2010
  • Venezuela 5 March 2010
  • Germany 11 March 2010
  • Belgium 17 March 2010
  • Netherlands 18 March 2010
  • Argentina 8 April 2010
  • Peru 8 April 2010
  • Brazil 9 April 2010
  • Panama 9 April 2010
  • Finland July 2010 (Blu-ray premiere) (DVD premiere)
  • France 6 July 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Sweden 7 July 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 23 July 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 6 August 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Canada 1 October 2010
  • USA 1 October 2010

MPAA: Rated R for violence and terror including disturbing images



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. Gordon-11 from Hong Kong
    30 Mar 2012, 5:07 am

    This film is about a social worker taking a young girl into her home,as the girl's parents tried to kill her.

    Though Renee Zellweger is not particularly convincing as a socialworker, she conveys her feeling of threat very well, making herstressed out character vivid. The plot is good, as at first it makesyou feel so sympathetic and sorry for the girl, then it slowly preparesyou for something entirely different. The story is so engaging andscary, that I wanted to see more of what's going to happen, yet Iwanted to see less because it's scary. "Case 39" is successful increating a suspenseful atmosphere, full of threat and uncertainty. Idon't know why "Case 39" is having trouble getting distribution and anda release date, as I find it a very scary horror film.

  2. Glen_Quagmire from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:07 am

    I checked this movie out after watching a trailer online and I gottasay, it delivered. It was a nice little surprise for this major horrorfan. It didn't rely on the "jump scare" which so many horror moviesdepend on lately, although it had a few. It created a very creepyatmosphere that stayed til the very end. Given, this movie could'vesupported better acting (I'm looking at you, Renee) and directing butif you're looking to be entertained and a little creeped out for 90minutes then check it out. It runs in the tradition of movies like "TheReaping" and "Orphan" where the child in the movie makes you feel alittle uneasy the entire time. Defiitely one of the better straight toDVD movies in awhile. If you are a horror fan then this movie shouldput an evil lil grin on your bloody face. However, if you stray moretowards romcoms and drama then go rent Love Actually or some otherrandom terrible movie.

  3. Kellie Stewart from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:07 am

    This is a movie we have seen before just written in different ways. Agirl is suspected of being abused and the case worker takes a verypersonal interest in her. When the parents are removed from thesituation, the girl begs for the love of the social worker, which shegets. Renee Zellweger does a decent job in this movie. I would not callit a horror movie. It is suspenseful, but nothing I thought was overlyhorrific. The little girl does a brilliant job playing the victim.Predictable, the social worker takes this child into her home pendingplacement elsewhere and finds that this little girl is not quite whatshe seems. She seeks out different methods to deal with the problem,but it ultimately ends up just like I thought it would. Not the worstmovie ever made.

  4. Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    30 Mar 2012, 5:07 am

    The dedicated social assistant of child service Emily Jenkins (RenéeZellweger) has a huge backlog of cases of abused children to take care.However, her chief Wayne (Adrian Lester) delivers two more cases forher and Emily heads to interview the family of Lilith Sullivan (JodelleFerland), the young abused daughter of Edward Sullivan (Callum KeithRennie) and Margaret Sullivan (Kerry O'Malley). Emily finds the parentsvery weird persons and forces Wayne to summon them for additionalinterviews. Emily connects to the sweet Lilith and during the night,she feels that the girl would be in danger and together with DetectiveBarron (Ian McShane), they invade the Sullivan's house and find thecouple trying to burn Lilith inside the oven. Lilith is sent to a childcare and she asks Emily to adopt her. Emily requests to take care ofLilith and the girl moves to her house. Sooner Emily learns that Lilithis not as innocent as she seems to be.

    "Case 39" is a scary horror film with great screenplay andperformances. The bleak story begins in the direction of a drama, andout of the blue shifts to a suspenseful psychological horror film ashas some common aspects with "Orphan". The end is not bad with thevictory of the good, but this film deserved a better and darker ending.My vote is seven.

    Title (Brazil): "Caso 39" ("Case 39")

  5. collipal-1 from Argentina
    30 Mar 2012, 5:07 am

    Case 39 would have been a bit predictable even if the trailer had notrevealed the mystery behind its story.For better or for worse, thestory is an homogeneous combination of the well known elements we haveseen on many movies which show kids involved on paranormalevents.However, despite its lack of innovation, I had a good timewatching Case 39, thanks to Christian Alvart's concise and dynamicdirection and the competent performances from Renée Zellweger, JodelleFerland and Callum Keith Rennie.

    There are various elements in the screenplay we have seen in othermovies.However, even though the story lacks of originality, Case 39 isentertaining, because Alvart created a good rhythm and some solidmoments of tension.What is more, the story is well structured.

    Zellweger made her return to horror with Case 39 after 15 years (sinceher unworthy appearance on the atrocious The Return of the TexasChainsaw Massacre).In recent years, she has created a very differentimage, but her performance in Case 39 feels realistic andeffective.Ferland creates a good aura of threaten with her role; Iliked not to see her trying to apparent evilness, because that is thepoint where almost all the child actors I have seen in the past insimilar movies fail.And even though he has short screen-time, Renniebrings a good level of intensity to his character.As for the rest ofthe actors, they feel a bit bland.

    In summary, Case 39 is nothing extraordinary or highly memorable; but Ithink it is effective for having a good time, and I recommend itbecause of that.

  6. Ali_Catterall from London, England
    30 Mar 2012, 5:07 am

    Horror movie subjects, like celebrity deaths and buses, come in threes.Thus, trailing behind the latest rash of 'Bad Seed' pictures 'TheUnborn' and 'Orphan' like some sulky teenager on a family holiday,comes the Renée Zellweger-starring Case 39 – another apparentanti-adoption screed from the director of 'Pandorum'. Clearly, PhilipLarkin got it back to front, and Cyril Connolly was onto something:they screw you up, kids, especially other people's kids, while thatpram in the hall almost certainly contains 57 varieties of pain. Andlittle girls, of course, are absolutely terrifying. That's why StanleyKubrick used not one but two of them in 'The Shining.'

    The latest threat to homeland security is sad-eyed moppet LillithSullivan (Jodelle Ferland). Despite whimpering that her hollow-eyed,crucifix-clasping parents "talk about sending me to Hell", Lillith'slank black hair is scraped back and tucked behind her ears, whicheveryone knows is movie shorthand for 'sneaky 'n' weird'. She alsotilts her head sideways when she speaks, which even brain-damagedpitbulls dimly appreciate is the internationally-recognised symbol for'run, run like the wind'. Now you mention it, she also shares a namewith Frasier Crane's ex-wife, in turn named after a Hebrew storm demonassociated with death, darkness and vengeance. All of which is lost onlentils-for-brains social worker Emily Jenkins (Renée Zellweger), whohauls her out of the kitchen oven after her folks attempt to bake heralive.

    In a move even the filmmakers realise stretches credibility to twangingpoint, Emily temporarily adopts Lillith while she waits to be re-housedwith foster parents who won't mistake her for a birthday cake.Unfortunately for Emily, what Lillith wants, Lillith gets. And what shereally wants right now is an ice cream. Not just today, every day. See,this witchy cuckoo also possesses the ability to make people see andexperience their own worst fears. So you'd better hurry up with that 99Flake.

    Before the first hour's up, Em's other cases and colleagues areslaughtering their slumbering parents with a tyre iron or beingpestered to death by a plague of CGI hornets, vomited out of theirevery orifice. Meanwhile Em's barricading herself in her bedroom everynight and attempting to burn her own house down, with the sataniclittle charge inside. "A damaged, deceitful, manipulative child is*not* a demon," insists grizzled, perma-tanned detective Mike Barron(Ian McShane). But can Emily convince her Barron knight that Lillithhas got the very devil in her?

    It sure seems as if Hollywood likes kicking foster kids under thetable, judging by the haste with which Case 39 follows thecontroversial Orphan into the multiplexes. Or maybe the movie businesshas just put its finger on a hot topic of the day: horror movies arealways monkeying around with contemporary fears and prejudices (itmakes their case stronger). But is the concept of adoption actuallybecoming anathema to North Americans?

    This July the Washington Post reported that the number of fosterchildren being adopted in D.C. was "falling precipitously". And if aformer Child and Family Services Agency staffer suggested "difficultcases" (over-twelves; siblings who didn't want to be separated) aspossible causes, a pro-bono lawyer claimed "the District frequentlyreduces the annual subsidy" for those deciding to adopt their fosterchildren. Could there be some kind of 'anti-adoption conspiracy' atwork?

    No, just plain old economics: originally slated for release in August2008, then subsequently held back twice, Case 39 has been forlornlygathering cobwebs in the proverbial filing cabinet for over a year.Understandably so – it's terrible. We'd be embarrassed too. FormerOscar-winner Zellweger hasn't made a decent feature in years, and thisis no trend-bucker. So it's not hard to figure out that when itsproducers saw Orphan cleaning up, thanks in part to the hype accruedvia some knee-jerk lobbying (and – what a gift – a letter to WarnerBrothers by concerned senators and congressmen who predictably hadn'teven seen the movie in question), they quickly threw their own killerkid flick out with the trash. (Or rather they haven't – when thisreview was first written, Case 39 was going to be released any minute.Now, they've put it back AGAIN, for around the 6th time. Probablywaiting to see how well Christian Alvart's Pandorum does first.Prediction: that'll bomb too. So, fellas, just how long do you thinkyou can keep this up for?)

    And make no mistake, Case 39 is diabolical; a laughable, wooden,hideously derivative pile of steaming demon poo. Horror films aren'texactly dainty when it comes to relieving other movies of theirvaluables, but Case 39 just ram-raids them out of the store: hellhounds (not to mention an entire premise) swiped from 'The Omen';buckling, banging doors half-inched from 'The Haunting'; demonicpossessions (and a friendly cop) purloined from 'The Exorcist'; ablight of stripey insects lifted from 'Candyman'; and accursed phonecalls filched from J-Horror 'One Missed Call.'

    Case 39 also asks for any number of other offences to be taken intoconsideration. While judging by the presence of Ian McShane and AdrianLester, it has also pilfered its cast (hilariously and self-defeatinglybilled in 'order of prominence') from a cosy BBC Sunday teatime drama.Bless our British actors all, but that's not a line-up that immediatelyinspires confidence in a horror movie: Bridget Jones and Lovejoy,together at last.

  7. Veskanderrai from Belgium
    30 Mar 2012, 5:07 am

    The movie, as a horror movie, delivers what it promises, which isscaring people. It is however not without its flaws.

    As an above reviewer already stated Renee Zellweger is not a greatactress for these types of movies, but it's not something that shouldbother you during the duration of the movie.

    Another flaw is the use of what I tend to call gratuitous scares. Whatdo I mean by that you may ask. These are scares that are provoked bysuddenly letting a barking dog jump against a window when the maincharacter is standing there or by letting a coworker pop up next to theprotagonist when she's sitting down. However effective they may be,they are not scares relevant to the story and they tend to irritate mebecause they take the focus of the main story, mostly because the mainstory has little volume.

    This is lucky not the case here. The acting of the "evil" by the littlegirl is very well done. If I had a child before me like that, I'm sureI wouldn't be too comfortable by him/her.

    ***SPOILER*** For the rest part the story is good enough to keep yougoing although I would have preferred a non Hollywoodian ending becausethat would have been more "realistic" if the girl was really possessedby an ancient demon. ***SPOILER***

    But all in all a good movie to spend your evening on.

  8. Khiari187 from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 5:07 am

    After having been let down by many films recently this, and then newlyreleased Triangle, have been a welcome release.

    Everything in Case 39 is at least very good. Renne Zellweger isexcellent as the empathic, Emily Jenkins. Really perfectly cast for therole and gives the film an underlying security, which for me at least,was needed. The young actress,Jodelle Ferland, is generally really goodand at times, show stealing. She is in fact superb as the rathertroubled youngster.. The chemistry between the two leads is whatcompliments what is a rather twisted but truly fantastic story.

    The story paces itself perfectly and draws you into its sphere ofhorror with a soft hand and kicks you out with a firm smack at the end.The only sad thing is a lack of replay value. I just wish i could goback and watch it for the first time all over again..

    Chilling and enchanting horror film, a must see

  9. IheartCali5882 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:07 am

    I found it somewhat difficult to rate this film in all honesty. Someelements are surprisingly good, while others are just cliché'd andmelodramatic. I enjoyed it overall and would have given it an 8/9 hadthere not been various glaring inconsistencies that were impossible forme to ignore. I've never been one to overly obsess about plot holes orimplausibilities, but at times Case 39 doesn't even bother to followthe rules that it's made for itself.

    Renee Zellweger plays Emily, a child protective services worker, whoultimately saves a 10 year old girl, Lilly from her abusive parents.She takes a maternal interest in Lilly but problems arise shortly afterhaving removed the girl from her home. At this point, even if youhaven't seen the trailer (I didn't), you can guess where the story isheaded. This is not a problem because it works in the films favor. Thetension and buildup are excellent as we wait for Renee to catch up towhere we are. We know what's going to happen and so it creates anuneasiness that stays with us throughout the entirety of the film.There are some genuinely creepy moments ( I think I counted 3), and ahost of other cheap "jumpy" scenes that sometimes work and sometimesdon't. The movie managed to catch me off guard a couple times, andseeing as how I'm a huge horror buff, I'd say that's impressive. Moretimes than not, I can anticipate a scare, but there were some scenesthat had me on edge.

    The acting is adequate amongst all the principal characters, thedirection choppy in places, the look of the film is beautiful. Onceagain I just had a problem with the factors that didn't add up. Forinstance, if a character is what the film says it is, then why can't itget itself out of the situation that occurs at the end of the film? Bydefinition of what this character is, the laws that confine "normal"people shouldn't apply to it, right? Also the explanation for what "it"wants is very unclear and flimsy at best. Without a clear understandingof the motivation, without an answer to "WHY?", it left me feeling alittle unstable about the whole story.

    All in all, it's still a great way to spend a couple hours if you canspare them. I consider it money well spent. If nothing else, you willdefinitely be entertained.

  10. secondtake from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:07 am

    Case 39 (2009)

    The clever plot isn't quite clever enough to keep you going through thewhole movie, but almost. And both Renee Zellwegger as the passionateand trapped social worker and Jodelle Ferland as the adorable butmysterious child are quite amazing. Both are actors at the best oftheir powers, Zellwegger limited only by the role and the writing,which is very good but not quite flexible enough to let her show asmany of those perplexed and touching nuances she is so good at (seenequally in "Bridget Jones's Diary" and "Nurse Betty"). But it'spossible Ferland has the role of her life here. She's not only playinga precocious child, but is clearly a precocious young actress, bright,expressive, surprising, and not merely cute. By the way she was fifteenwhen it was filmed, even though she looks and acts, in most ways, likeshe's ten.

    You can't ignore the plot, of course, since this is a plot driven moviesaved by two great actresses, not the other way around. And the storyis a little bit of a formula with a twist. The twist is good, but it issingular. Eventually we are carried from a personal and social dramawith some evil people to a supernatural drama. It's here where thingsget scariest, but also where things wobble slightly in terms ofbelievability or logic, if logic has any place here. For example, oncethe antagonist is shown to have really limitless powers of some kind(possibly imaginary), why does this person not have the power to justkill someone out and out? There is dangled the idea that this bad forcedepends on fear to proceed, but this isn't developed clearly, or maybeyou have to see it twice to get.

    On the other hand, if you just go with the flow, it's reallyincreasingly scary. There are some scenes, like the woman in thehospital room that turns into a kind of large oven, that are chillingand really well done. Certainly Zellwegger's character is able to findthe outlines of logic as she tries to survive by outsmarting thesituation, and we're on her side. Eventually it comes to a dramaticclimax, and it's pretty exciting. A sleeper, for sure.

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