When The Bough Breaks
Bluray + Digital HD
Release Date: December 27, 2016
Released By: Sony Pictures
Cast: Morris Chestnut, Theo Rossi, Regina Hall, Glenn Morshower, and Sue-Lynn Ansari
Run Time: 107 Minutes
“John and Laura Taylor (Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall) are a young, professional couple who desperately want a baby. After exhausting all other options, they finally hire Anna (Jaz Sinclair), the perfect woman to be their surrogate – but as she gets further along in her pregnancy, so too does her psychotic and dangerous fixation on the husband. The couple becomes caught up in Anna’s deadly game and must fight to regain control of their future before it’s too late.”
‘When The Bough Breaks’ is based around the lives of John and Laura Taylor. John and Laura are husband and wife, and they absolutely love children but unfortunately can’t have any of their own. After a long period of time searching, they finally find a surrogate mother (Anna) that they see fit to carry their child. In the beginning, every thing seems to be perfect. But as time goes on, the couple starts to notice that Anna might not be as perfect as they once thought. The problems start when Anna’s boyfriend physically abuses her, and John and Laura welcome her to live in their home with them. While living there, Anna sees how great of a man John is, and begins to fall for him. At first she doesn’t act on it aside from a few compliments here and there but as the movie progresses, she becomes a bit too pushy. Being a loyal husband, John quickly tells her to stop and apologizes if he gave her the wrong impression. Regardless, Anna starts to become obsessive and even tries to use the baby as an excuse for John to be with her. After doing some research, John and a friend discover that she’s had a history of mental health issues, and has even killed someone in the past. John and Laura have to find a way to rid themselves of Anna, and make sure that they get the baby safe and sound. Without giving anything else away, ‘When The Bought Breaks’ was a very lackluster movie for me. Although it was occasionally creepy and had some intense moments, the movie was ultimately very predictable. You can technically just watch the trailer and get the gist of the whole thing. The acting was pretty good but it really wasn’t anything mindblowing. I don’t blame that on the actors though because they did the best with what they were given. Overall, I didn’t find ‘When The Bough Breaks’ to be anything too special, and therefore I can’t really recommend it. If you’re into these types of films and you know what you’re getting into, by all means don’t let my opinion stop you. Just be aware that this isn’t anything that we haven’t already seen before. Unfortunately, the Bluray doesn’t really offer up that many Special Features either. You get an Audio Commentary by the Director, Screenwriter, and the Actress who played Anna. The only part that I found interesting with that was when Actress Jaz Sinclair discussed how she “became” her character. You also get a handful of Deleted Scenes that didn’t really add that much importance to the film, and you could see why they didn’t make the final cut. Finally, you get a Featurette called “The Have’s and the Have Not’s, The Cast” which shows the actors discussing their roles in the film. Aside from that, there isn’t really much else to talk about.
Picture & Audio Quality:
The Picture Quality on the Bluray was probably my favorite part out of everything. Although the movie was lacking, it did a good job with it’s lighting, colors, and scenic shots. All of which looked fantastic on the Bluray. If you’re paying close attention, you can see how sharp some of the details actually are. The Bluray also delivered on the Audio Quality as well, often making moments such as glass breaking sound like it was right next to you. One thing that I always seem to enjoy while watching a movie, is when the sound effects feel lifelike. Thankfully, this Bluray had that going for it, and did not disappoint.
Deleted and Extended Scenes
“The Have’s and the Have Not’s, The Cast” Featurette
6.2 Out Of 10 Stars