Film #146: BABY BLUES
3 out of 5 stars
Proving that the simplest of concepts can provide some effective chills, this tale of a woman suffering from post-partum depression was better than I thought it would be. Shot on a shoe-string budget, but sporting some solid acting performances (especially Ridge Canipe as the young boy and Colleen Porch as the off-her-rocker mom), there are some pretty cringe-worthy moments (specifically the killing of the kids). The film succeeds in striking at its audience’s core values (that of the sanctity of the bond between mother and child) and spins it all on its head. Now, that’s not to say BABY BLUES is a perfect film – it’s not, not by a LONG shot - but… it is better than a lot of bigger budgeted films out there today. And while it’s true that there are some clichéd (and borderline infuriating) moments, there are also some truly inspired sequences. Sadly, the second half devolves into pretty much your standard stalker cat-and-mouse scenario and whatever kinetic energy the film has developed gets bogged down by the director pushing his luck (and running out of victims). I’d have given it an additional star if this fact (and the utterly idiotic ending) had been different. Still… the film is worth renting if only to show how a simple idea can be filmed successfully. Again, not great, but still good.