Child’s Play, directed by Lars Klevberg, is a remake of the 1988 original (with the same name), where the well-known demonic child’s toy Chucky, made his first appearance.
Known as Charles Lee “Chucky” Ray, Chucky is a notorious serial killer whose spirit inhabits a ‘Good Guys’ doll; this strange feat was achieved by performing a voodoo ritual in order to escape from justice. Those who got their hands on Chucky usually wound up with a horrible fate. While no one understands the main goal of Chucky, it is clear that he tries to transfer his soul from the doll to a human body—usually an unsuspecting child.
The current Child’s Play begins at Kaslan Industries, a Vietnamese toy factory where Buddi dolls are massed produced. Wanting to get revenge on his employer, one of the factory workers reverses all the safety protocols for one of the dolls and commits suicide after sending it off for delivery.
Later in the movie, we come across a single mother, Karen (played by Aubrey Plaza), who has recently moved to an Illinois neighborhood with her son, Andy (played by Gabriel Bateman). Working double shifts to provide for her family and their cat, she comes across several individuals who wish to return their Buddi doll—either they want the new version or there were defects in the toy were causing malfunctions. The defects are identified when the Buddi doll has overly creepy, distorted facial expressions and weird LED lights for his eyes, that occasionally glimmer a crimson red.
As Andy’s birthday approaches, Karen bribes her co-worker to get a malfunctioned Buddi doll as a gift for Andy to help him cheer up after resettling in a new home. At first Andy is creeped out by the doll but names him Chucky (voiced by Mark Hamill) and they soon become close as time passes by and form an inseparable bond. After all, they’re meant to be “friends to the end”—totally not worrying at all, right?
Andy and Chucky begin their small mischiefs by scaring Karen’s boyfriend, Shane (played by David Lewis) and stealing snacks from the vending machines. What Andy and his newly made friends discover is that Chucky behaves like a newborn, constantly learning what he is exposed to and trying to “please” Andy.
Things take an unexpected turn (well expected to the audience), when Chucky is upgraded into what he was supposed to do––control other Kaslan products—and gains full control of all electronic devices, home appliances and everything internet related.
What are the consequences of Chucky wreaking havoc in Chicago? Is there a happy ending to this story of a killer doll?
Instead of horror, this movie is more of a thriller show. Starting with a not so nightmarish Chucky, the film contains lots of gory killings, but leaves many questions unanswered. How was Chucky inside the malfunctioned Buddi doll in the first place? Is he related to the Kaslan employee who committed suicide? Although highly anticipated, the movie was unfortunately a disappointment, with many viewers left amused instead of frightened. I left the cinema feeling confused and I wondered if the movie was deserving of the audience’s time.
Mark Hamill does a wonderful job voicing Chucky, the changes in the intonations and volume really bought Chucky to life as a character. The way Chucky’s point of view is constantly used provides a new experience. The best thing I found was, unlike some movies that use a camera P.O.V., the effects were not shaky nor did they cause motion sickness to the viewers.
To those that enjoy gore, I would definitely recommend this movie. However, those that wish to watch a horror movie, turn your eyes somewhere else.
Child’s Play is in cinemas now!