Everything seems fine until Anna starts to develop a dangerous fixation with John as the pregnancy moves further along. It's shown but then the whole thing is over in like five seconds. Screen Gems is the company that is producing this movie. Beer Five Towards the end of When the Bough Breaks, something magical started to happen. This would have been fine because it builds to a pulpy image that I'm not sure has ever been committed to film before.
At its base level, it's not that complicated. Instead, Anna is a crazy murderer who's in love with John. It's an extortion plot that has rarely been done in a major movie. Sinclair truly does an amazing job cultivating and portraying each of these identities, but in the end Anna is just too, too much. Advertisement The Ebert Club is our hand-picked selection of content for Ebert fans. In terms of plotting, there's one aspect that felt extraneous.
It might be appropriate for her character, but, as an actress she might not have what it takes right now. The Taylors now find themselves playing a deadly game with a psychopath who holds the key to their future. He's been in the business for over 30 years. Do a Shot: whenever Regina Hall pulls her Scary Movie face. By the force of sheer tastelessness, the movie succeeds in 1. After exhausting all other options, the couple hire Anna, a beautiful young woman who agrees to become a surrogate mother for the Taylors.
You will receive a weekly newsletter full of movie-related tidbits, articles, trailers, even the occasional streamable movie. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the second half of this movie. By: Hawk Ripjaw Six Pack — Last year was The Boy Next Door. This year is When the Bough Breaks. Now the villain has changed genders and is treated like a bomb of which you don't know which wire to cut. Fatal Attraction had Glenn Close who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in that movie. Screen Gems scored with Obsessed 2009 and No Good Deed 2014.
Reveals are treated as huge revelations complete with a musical sting, and after the second time a character is hilariously shown to be hiding right behind someone, you pretty much start to expect it whenever someone enters a room alone. If she should get away from the couple with the baby without John somehow by her side, she's only entering a bleaker future with another life to take care of. His behavior was just way over the top. Anna could have just been a sinister woman who essentially treats her pregnancy as a hostage situation where John and Laura have to pay ransom and Anna is just in it for the money. Hall, in particular, has a genuinely touching moment when she expresses the emotional pain of her miscarriages.
Anna has a fiancé named Mike Mitchell, played by Theo Rossi Sons of Anarchy. During the opening credits, they learn about Anna , a smiling young woman who loves the idea of having something that someone else wants. The problem isn't that John and Laura are sterile. The two lead actors here are very good and very attractive, but they don't have the same status or arguably talent as someone like Henson or Elba. I get that Anna would likely have a boyfriend like him, but, narrative-wise, his character ultimately distracts and delays from what the real conflict is. Three Stars out of Five. Both those movies starred Idris Elba who has spent the better part of this decade being a sex symbol, as well as being in prestige films.
Unfortunately, what begins as mystery ferments into mess, and despite some truly wonderful acting, a striking setting, and initially suspense augmenting subplots and stakes ends both abruptly and far too long after once wide audience eyes will have begun to roll. He started out as a camera operator and worked his way up mainly through the television industry. The problem is that in order to sell an erotic thriller, one needs an actress who is not only beautiful but one with a bit of gravitas to anchor the whole thing. After exhausting all other options, the couple hire Anna, a beautiful young woman who agrees to become a surrogate mother for the Taylors. Take a Drink: every time Anna peers around a corner. Young, professional and successful, John and Laura Regina Hall Taylor desperately want to have a baby, but are unable to conceive.
As the camera pans out to transition to a new scene, everything suddenly freezes and the credits start rolling. The Hand That Rocks the Cradle had Rebecca De Mornay who was in her early 30's when she did that film. You almost expect the camera to pan over and show Naz chilling out in the corner. Morris Chestnut Boyz N the Hood and The Best Man stars as John Taylor, a corporate attorney who works at a law firm in New Orleans. For starters, adoption is never addressed.