WARNING, THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS.
Childs Play (2019) is an American horror film directed by Lars Klevberg and written by Tyler Burton Smith. The film is a direct remake and reboot of the 1988 film of the same name.
The film follows a family that is terrorized by a high-tech doll that rejects its programming and becomes self-aware. The film stars Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry, with Mark Hamill as the voice of Chucky.
In a Kaplan Industries factory located in Vietnam, a programmer is chastised and fired by his supervisor, in retaliation the furious worker decided to tamper with the programming of the doll he was working on, disabling all the safety features. The doll then gets packed and shipped along with others in preparation for international delivery.
The doll ends up being purchased by another family in Chicago, then returned to the store where Karen Barclay (Aubrey Plaza) is working. Since the doll was “damaged” and probably going to be trashed, Karen decided to take the item off her stores’ hands and gift the doll to her son for his birthday.
Andy finds out later after he received his new Buddi doll that Chucky was different, and although the doll seemed to be functioning properly, Chucky begins to observe and learn things triggering dangerous and murderous behaviors.
The story has the same premise as the original “Childs Play” film, however, it’s way different, considering the film takes place in today’s technologically advanced world. We have voice-controlled devices in our home and although our “AI” systems haven’t turned on us, this story shows us how things can go horribly wrong when an unhinged artificial intelligence doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong.
Scare/ Horror factor
There were several moments in the movie that made audience members including my self jump. Although Chucky is super creepy, and strange I think this version of the doll is better than the soul possessed doll from the original. It’s way creepier and scary to have an artificial intelligence running around trying to kill you than a soul possessed doll with a sick sense of humor and a bad temper.
Aubrey Plaza is already becoming a great actress, this film, however, didn’t serve her well. Karen is a young millennial mom, being more of a friend to her son Andy than a parent. Her portrayal of Karen in this film felt more like Aubrey’s other characters pretending to be a good parental figure. I would have liked to see her play a more series and responsible mom roll than what she portrayed in the film. Gabriel Bateman (Andy) was more annoying in the film most of the time, and he was the lead character. Gabriel did have some high moments in the film, making his character likable for the most part.
This is Lars Klevberg first major film in the US. He has done a horror film in the past however only in Germany. He was able to capture the essence of Chucky even though the doll was an ‘AI’. The film is definitely a thrill ride however the first act was a bit slow and didn’t add to the total theme of the film.
Childs Play (2019) has some great moments, however, it misses the mark with badly placed scenes and small moments in the film that doesn’t make sense or was out of place. If you are into creepy dolls Childs Play is definitely a film to go see, but if you are saving your money for something else, then I would wait for it to come out on video.
Total Score: 6.5/10
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