June is different from all other nine-year old girls. She is an orphan hiding a secret. Bad things happen when she gets upset. Supernatural things. June has been in many foster homes usually leaving them destroyed. But this time it will be different. June has a new foster home and she really likes her new parents. She will have to face the force within her to protect her new parents and to save herself.
If Carrie and Damien had ever hooked up, June would have been their lovechild. Following themes similar to other predecessors (Rosemary’s Baby, Fire Starter) June had some pretty big shoes to fill. L. Gustavo Cooper gave a pretty solid attempt at doing just that.
The movie stars Kennedy Brice in the title role, with Casper Van Dien (Johnny Rico!) and Victoria Pratt as her adoptive parents. June is the survivor of a ritualistic cult incident which left her with an “imaginary friend” named Aer. She ends up in the care of the loving Andersons after an incident at her last foster home. As her powers begin to manifest in very malevolent ways, a lot of strain is placed upon her new family, especially when her past again becomes her present.
This movie was honestly better than I expected it to be, but not what I had expected to be watching. It advertises itself as a CGI fueled telekinetic terror flick, where it is actually more of cultist conspiracy film with a lot more focus on the family dynamic. I feel that this will ultimately hurt impressions of the film; not because it was bad, but because it wasn’t what it promised to be.
The movie definitely had a lot of weaknesses as opposed to strengths. The special effects were sub-par and relatively infrequent. The writing often felt rushed even though the movie itself was slow-paced. Also, the supporting characters seemed a bit overacted and the ending was very lacklustre. On the plus side, Brice did a fantastic job and was pretty believable even though she doesn’t really have much to say, although that in and of itself could be a testament to how well she did. Van Dien was great (Roughnecks!) and Pratt had probably the best performance in the movie.
Overall, it was a very average movie. Nothing to write home about. Solid performances in a second-rate story. Check out the trailer below and be sure to let us know what you think.
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