• Publication date: December 21, 2010

GODSEND GODSEND

In the tradition of "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Others," this taut and gripping ...

In the tradition of "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Others," this taut and gripping thriller tells the story of devoted parents who are willing to do anything to resurrect their beloved son who was tragically killed in a freak accident. Inner-city school teacher Paul and his wife Jessica are distraught after losing their eight-year-old son David in an accident. At the funeral, Jessica's old science professor Dr. Wells offers them a chance to rebuild their lives: a mansion in the country near his DNA clinic, a private school teaching job for Paul, and an exact clone of their dead son. Sworn to secrecy and facing all sorts of moral issues, the grief-stricken couple accepts Wells' offer. All goes well until the new David passes the age he previously died, then comes ghostly visions of burning children, and premonitions of murder. A creepily unobtrusive score and the film's drab look help maintain a welcome low-key, character-driven mood here, with the result that God Send works both as a standard horror film and a darkly psychological meditation on the uncertainty, misgivings, and sheer terror involved with child rearing. Deniro is great, as usual, and the gorgeous Romijn-Stamos proves herself adept in an unglamorous, tensely dramatic change-of-pace role as the split-apart mother.