Date Released: November 4th, 2009
Date Seen: April 9th, 2012
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
This movie follows a very pregnant woman, Beth (Tabrett Bethell) and her husband, Cameron (Andy Whitfield) on Christmas Eve, 1979. Rather than finishing the drive to Beth’s parents house, they decide to stop for the night at a pretty sketch motel. Cameron goes to get food – finding all the shop closed – returns to the hotel to find Beth missing. The story then splits into two parts, with the minor part being Cameron looking for clues as to what happened to Beth, and the major focus being on Beth. She wakes up in a bathtub full of ice – finding her baby has been taken from her body in a C-section. As she leaves, she notices a number of other empty icy bathtubs, and eventually finds other women who have been through the same situation. Next is an adventure to escape/find the babies/etc.
I like this movie, just for the whole premise of it. It’s not the greatest movie, in that there are HUGE gaping plot holes (I’ll mention a couple that bothered me in the second part, as to not spoil anything here), and the characters make a lot of idiotic decisions. Not even typical horror movie decisions, they really are idiots. But, if you can suspend belief and just watch this as a kill-them-off-one-by-one type horror movie and not over analyze it, you’ll have a good time.
There’s surprisingly not that much gore. You see the cuts on the women’s stomachs, from where they had the C-section. You see a couple of those cuts a little more in depth and one ripped open…. that’s really it. There is one set of boobs. It’s more suspenseful scary, while still being very fast paced. The plot is basic, but the premise at the end and the nice twist they throw in I liked a lot. I’d say watch this movie with your friends or by yourself when you’re in the mood for a good story in your horror film, for once.
Part 2 – Spoiler Ridden Review/Synopsis
I’m not going to do a full detailed synopsis, but I will tell you what is going on, and the couple of twists.
The women are taken and have their babies removed. Each woman’s baby is marked with a colored tag (all different, obviously). The woman has a similar tag, of the same color as her baby’s tag inserted inside her wound. The owner of this operation tells one of the 6 women (never explains why THIS particular woman got told) that she must kill all the other women, and get their tags out to find out which baby is hers. They then sell the “winning” mother’s baby to a couple that has been watching this all go down on video monitors. Obviously, our main character Beth, “wins”. The couple is then given the opportunity to kill the biological mother after she watches them buy/”adopt” her baby.
Shit goes down, Beth manages to get out before the new adoptive father can killer her, the couple gets shot – and Beth goes to find her baby and the owner of this operation, Ms. Shepard. Ms. Shepard dies, she tells her a number of shocking things. Beth was a “substitute”. As in, they had all 6 women ready, but one died during her c-section. Luckily, they found Beth at the hotel. Beth was the first “substitute” to ever “win”. Also, she looked up Beth’s name, because she thought it sounded familiar….. Beth was adopted from there, 29 years ago. DUN DUN DUN. So Beth kills Ms. Shepard, takes her baby, and the movie ends with her going to look at her real mother’s grave – conveniently, she witnesses her biological dad leaving her grave as she walks up, so of course she then decides to go meet him – ends with her and baby walking towards where he supposedly lives.
So, the gaping plot holes. There’s a number of them. The main one, for me, was WHAT HAPPENED TO THE OTHER BABIES?! I’d like to assume that Ms. Shepard sold them as well, as opposed to the darker alternative. Since she seemed like a very money oriented woman, I’ve just concocted the idea that if you paid 1st tier price, you got the “winning” baby. If you paid 2nd tier, you’d get the 2nd place baby. Etc. But, there is NO explanation ever of what happened to the other babies. So that’s what I’m going to think, and you’re welcome to join me on it.
Ms. Shepards random special son was, I guess, important to the plot… but we could have done without him. It just made me more sad. He does manage to have the most convenient timing ever, in showing up RIGHT before the adoptive dad kills Beth. Also, in that entire scene – another plot hole. We see the cop and the motel owner get a passed out Beth out of the car. They must have left – but that makes no sense, you’d think they’d stay to remove Beth’s body (but, I guess that’s why the special guy is there). If they were still there, they would have heard the shooting and come back inside and joined in. But no, they did not. So it was dumb. This would have been a really easy fix – instead of showing them taking Beth out of the car, show the special son taking her out. Then you’d have fixed two holes at once, why the special son showed up so conveniently and why those guys didn’t come back inside.
Yeah, I gave it a low rating – but I still like this movie. I’ve seen it twice now. It has gaping plot holes which bring the score down, but the story I just find interesting enough that I don’t mind watching it again. Suspend belief for the short hour and a half and you’ll have a nice ride if you like this type of movie.