Perhaps unhappy that Catholics get to throw all those exorcism parties in the movies, David Goyer gives us a demon story in "The Unborn" infused with Jewish folklore, the Kabbalah and, gulp, the memory of Auschwitz. By that description, you'd think the result would be unintentionally funny, deeply offensive or some combination of the two.
Mostly, though, the movie is something of a snooze, a gabby PG-13 horror flick whose most shocking image might be the bored look on Gary Oldman's face as he goes through the motions of playing the rabbi in charge of dispatching the film's damnable demon to somewhere over hell's rainbow.
Goyer, writer of the "Blade" series and co-writer of Christopher Nolan's "Batman" movies, begins "The Unborn" with what looks to be your garden-variety plotline about an unborn twin reaping revenge on his surviving sibling. But Goyer has a different agenda in mind, one that could be called more ambitious if it didn't become so progressively incoherent over the course of the movie's mercifully brief 88 minutes.
The first half-hour of the film finds hot college babe Casey ("Cloverfield's" Odette Yustman) haunted by a succession of freaky dreams, most of which involve either potato bugs or an intense, pasty-faced little boy sporting a bad haircut. Since "The Unborn" is a Michael Bay production and because Yustman nicely fits the Bay prototype for femininity (i.e., she has graced the pages of Maxim magazine), Casey also spends much of this time either showering or parading around in her underwear, the latter being so tight that you'd imagine it'd pose severe circulatory problems.