When The Bough Breaks: A Movie Review

When The Bough Breaks is a 2016 American psychological thriller film directed by Jon Cassar and written by Jack Olsen. The film stars Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Jaz Sinclair, and Michael K. Williams. The film was released on September 16, 2016, by Screen Gems.

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Introduction

When the Bough Breaks is a techno-thriller released in 2016. The film stars Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall as John and Laura Taylor, a couple who hires a surrogate (Jaz Sinclair) to carry their baby. However, the surrogate becomes obsessed with John, and will stop at nothing to make him hers.

While When the Bough Breaks may not be original, it’s a well-made thriller that’s sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. The acting is good, the directing is solid, and the film’s overall atmosphere is tense and suspenseful. If you’re a fan of thrillers, then When the Bough Breaks is definitely worth checking out.

What is “When The Bough Breaks” about?

“When The Bough Breaks” is a 2016 American psychological thriller film directed by Jon Cassar, written by Jack Olsen and starring Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Theo Rossi and Jaz Sinclair. The film follows a professional couple who hire a surrogate mother to carry their baby, only to discover that she is psychologically unstable.

The film was released in the United States on September 9, 2016, by Screen Gems.

What did I think of the movie?

When The Bough Breaks is a 2016 American thriller film directed by Jon Cassar and written by Jack Olsen. The film stars Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Theo Rossi, and Rochelle Aytes.

The film follows a young couple, John and Laura Taylor (Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall), who hire a surrogate mother, Anna (Jaz Sinclair), to carry their baby. However, they begin to suspect that something is wrong with Anna when she starts to exhibit strange and obsessive behavior.

I thought the movie was okay. It was a little slow in parts, but overall it was an interesting story. I didn’t love the ending, but I thought it was a decent thriller.

The good

If you’re looking for a edge-of-your-seat thriller with heart, then look no further than “When The Bough Breaks”. The movie follows John and Laura Taylor ( Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall) as they desperately try to have a baby of their own with the help of a surrogate, Anna Bell (Jaz Sinclair).

Anna seems like the perfect match for the couple at first, but as the pregnancy progresses, Anna becomes more and more unstable. She starts to become obsessed with John, going so far as to move into their house without their permission. As her obsession grows, she becomes increasingly dangerous, putting both the baby’s life and the Taylor’s lives in danger.

The movie is suspenseful and thrilling, but it’s also a story about love and family. The bonds between the characters are believable and emotional.Chestnut and Hall give great performances, and Sinclair is absolutely haunting as the deranged Anna Bell.

If you’re looking for a good scare this Halloween season, then “When The Bough Breaks” is definitely worth watching.

The bad

The bad: Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin are completely wasted in this movie. Their characters are one-dimensional and flat, with no motivation or development whatsoever. The plot is completely unbelievable, and the ending is a complete cop-out. The only good thing about this movie is that it’s mercifully short.

The ugly

“When The Bough Breaks” is a 2016 American psychological thriller film directed by Jon Cassar and written by Jack Olsen. The film stars Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Theo Rossi, and Rae Racely. The film was released on September 16, 2016 by Screen Gems.

The film follows a young couple, John and Laura Taylor (played by Chestnut and Hall), who hire a surrogate mother, Anna (played by Racely), to carry their baby. However, they soon discover that Anna is suffering from a mental illness that causes her to become obsessed with John.

While the premise of the movie is interesting, the execution is poor. The acting is wooden and the plot is riddled with holes. In addition, the movie is unintentionally funny in parts. Overall, “When The Bough Breaks” is a disappointingly bad thriller that is best avoided.

The verdict

The verdict
When The Bough Breaks is a 2016 American psychological thriller film directed by Jon Cassar and written by Jack Olsen. The film stars Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Theo Rossi, and Jaz Sinclair.

The Plot: When the Bough Breaks follows John and Laura Taylor (Chestnut and Hall), a professional couple who have tried everything to get pregnant and have finally resorted to in-vitro fertilization. When Anna (Sinclair), the woman they’ve chosen to be their surrogate, starts acting erratically, the couple suspects she’s been possessed by a demonic force.

The Good: The cast is excellent, with Chestnut and Hall carrying the film as the frightened parents-to-be. Rossi is also great as John’s best friend and lawyer, adding some much-needed levity to the proceedings. And Sinclair is perfectly creepy as Anna, veering from sweet and eager to help the Taylors to cold and inhuman in the blink of an eye.

The Bad: The film falls victim to many of the same tropes as other psychological thrillers/horror movies of its ilk. For example, there’s the “final girl” who has to outwit/outrun/outlast her tormentor, the “twist” that’s telegraphed from a mile away, etc. However, these are forgivable sins in a genre that’s notoriously difficult to get right.

The Verdict: When The Bough Breaks is a well-acted thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. It’s not groundbreaking cinema by any means, but it’s an entertaining ride nonetheless.

Would I recommend “When The Bough Breaks”?

Would I recommend “When The Bough Breaks”? Not unless you’re a fan of bad acting, corny dialogue, and terrible special effects.

I went into “When The Bough Breaks” with fairly low expectations, and even those were not met. The acting was stiff, the dialogue was cringeworthy, and the special effects looked like they were done on a budget of $5.

Overall, “When The Bough Breaks” was a waste of time and money. If you’re looking for a good movie to watch, I suggest avoiding this one.

Conclusion

In conclusion, “When the Bough Breaks” is a suspenseful thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. It is well-acted and directed, and features a talented cast. However, it is not without its flaws, and some viewers may find the ending to be unsatisfying.

Further reading/watching

If you’re interested in learning more about child abuse and the lasting effects it can have on both the victim and the abuser, we recommend the following further reading and watching.

-The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer
-Theater of War by Bryan Stevenson
-Angels in America by Tony Kushner
-Eyes of a Child by Richard North Patterson
-Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber

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