ORPHAN: FIRST KILL
Starring: Isabelle Fuhrmann, Julia Stiles, Rossif Sutherland, Matthew Finlan, and Hiro Kanagawa
Director: William Brent Bell
When you have a moderately well-received film that is memorable mostly for its twist ending, it’s a no-brainer to release a prequel to that film 13 years later, right? Yes, it’s fun to watch Isabelle Fuhrman step back into the role of Esther (which she does seamlessly), and director William Brent Bell doesn’t shy away from the camp; however, the problem is that once the nostalgia wears off, you’re left with an overlong film featuring a miscast Julia Stiles that doesn’t add much to the Orphan mythos. "Unnecessary" seems to be the best word to describe Orphan: First Kill.
It’s a bold move to follow up a film like Orphan with a prequel 13 years later, so, honestly, Orphan: First Kill shouldn’t work. It surprisingly does though, even incorporating new twists to deepen Esther’s (Isabelle Fuhrman) lore. Fuhrman does a great job reprising the character, while Julia Stiles gets to show a side rarely seen from her. Overall, it’s a wild and tense ride that is more about the journey than the destination, yet every bit as messed up as its predecessor. Orphan: First Kill is sure to please fans of the original.