If The Omen were made in the twenty-first century by as an independent psychological thriller comedy it would resemble George Ratliff’s Joshua.
Joshua is not your typical 9-year-old. He wears suits, it smarter than kids two years older than him, and doesn’t like sports. When his parents give birth to a new baby, Joshua becomes obsessed with jealousy and takes action to ruin the family. Sam Rockwell gives an authentic performance as a father who is pushed to the extreme limits.
Creepy, unsettling and Intriguing, Joshua is better than any psychological thriller that Hollywood has cranked out in years. But it’s not perfect. There are some slightly unbelievable sequences (the video camera scenes among the couple), and some under-whelming performances early on as things begin. It might not go where you expect or want it to go, but it is sure to take you on a ride you won’t regret.
/Film Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Vera Farmiga, Celia Weston, Dallas Roberts, Michael McKean
Directed by: George Ratliff