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The Unborn
(2009)

Idris Elba as Arthur Wyndham in The Unborn
Idris Elba as Arthur Wyndham


After seeing David Goyer's supernatural horror film, it's easy to dismiss Elba's very brief involvement--roughly about 15 minutes, all in the final act--as an easy paycheck gig. And perhaps in an obvious way it was, his large stature making him a no-brainer cast for a man of the cloth who gets rather inconveniently demonically possessed for the big climactic finish. But, as with something like Prom Night, some reading between the lines reveals a method to apparent madness. While Goyer's directorial C.V. may not be the most stellar, his as a screenwriter most certainly is, and it definitely would not hurt to be on his radar for when he's writing a script. But perhaps most importantly, all of his few scenes are opposite Gary Oldman, and what serious and smart actor would pass up the chance to work alongside an all-time great for a few days, in a film that had such potential commercial upside?

--Michael Dequina, September 6, 2011


Idris Elba as Arthur Wyndham in The Unborn
Idris Elba as Arthur Wyndham


The Gospel (2005) Daddy's Little Girls (2007) The Reaping (2007) 28 Weeks Later (2007) American Gangster (2007)
This Christmas (2007) Prom Night (2008) RocknRolla (2008) The Unborn (2009) Obsessed (2009)
The Losers (2010) Luther (2010) Takers (2010) The Big C (2010) Legacy (2010)
Thor (2011) Luther II (2011) Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012) Prometheus (2012) The Pavement Psychologist (2013)
Luther III (2013) Pacific Rim (2013) Thor: The Dark World (2013) Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom


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