Criticism of The Orphan 2 First murder (2022)

Criticism of The Orphan First Murder, a horror film directed by William Brent Bell. The prequel to Jaume Collet-Serra’s film continues to feature Isabelle Fuhrman as the protagonist, but the end result is not worthy of its predecessor. Theatrical release on September 9, 2022 and now available in the Amazon Prime Video catalog.


A woman locked up by a strange disease in a girl’s body remains hospitalized in a psychiatric hospital due to its high violence and dangerousness. The sociopath manages to escape from the center and will seek to be adopted by a family whose daughter Esther has been missing for a while, Julia Stiles Y Rossif Sutherland.

Isabelle Fuhrmann

Criticism of the movie The Orphan First Murder (2022)

we all remember ‘The Orphan’ (2009) by Jaume Collet-Serra for its spectacular twist in the script towards the end of the film that completely changed the perception we had of the story and its protagonist for a large part of the footage. Thus, a film that did not have much advertising support or large budgets would become a phenomenon that lovers of horror and fantastic films were recommending to each other.

What is The Orphan About? First Murder

And a success with the public is born a continuation, and the one that concerns us was not going to be less, in this case with a prequel. The movie The Orphan 2 First Murder (2022) places us at the origin of everything, showing us how Leena escapes from the psychiatric hospital in which she lives internally and reaches her first family, and the events that she lives there will end up turning her into the Esther that we all know.

Isabelle Fuhrman is The Orphan
Isabelle Fuhrman is The Orphan

The direction of William Brent Bell

As we are used to, the movie The Orphan 2 First Murder hides a script twist that will change everything, including the way we see Esther (Isabelle Fuhrmann) who will go from executioner to victim in a moment. Something completely unexpected since until that precise moment the tape Directed by William Brent Bell she had just told us more of the same about this killer with hypopituitarism. The same arrival of this psychopath as a daughter – in this case disappeared – to a family, the same infatuation that awakens towards the father, the same intentions of ending the family obstacles… and honestly, without the incentive of not knowing the true identity of Esther the plot was made very uphill.

A fun twist in his script

The movie The Orphan 2 First Murder, after that “hunter hunted” turn, it becomes a complete festival delusion, which will be more enjoyable if it is taken less seriously and we let ourselves be swept away by the madness of events. And let’s be clear, the script is a complete nonsense full of inconsistencies, as bad as it is it can be funny.

Having said all this, there are also many questionable decisions at the direction level that make it a tabletop telefilm. From a questionable editing, the application of filters that even make viewing difficult, leaving an image at times even blurry, or the choice of a fairly basic dubbing that even has a hard time fitting the phrases in your mouth.

Isabelle Fuhrman isEsther

It also has a leading actress, Isabelle Fuhrmann, who in 2009 was 12 years old and we found it completely credible in the original plot, but now at 25 can hardly pass for a 9-year-old child, despite the number of effects used for that purpose or the use of doubles. Something that also makes the viewer not buy many of the thousand purposes and ravings that make up the story.

Final opinion of the movie The Orphan First Murder (2022)

We cannot say that the movie The Orphan 2 First Murder It turns out to be good, not even passable. What we can affirm is that its script is so inconsistent and contains so many nonsense that it can even be funny. That was not the director’s objective at all, but he will achieve little else with a project like this. Certainly not signing a disturbing horror tape. Without a doubt, it stains the good memories we had of its predecessor from 2009.

Premiere and technical sheet

Original title: Orphan: First Kill
Gender: Horror, Thriller
Official site: The Orphan First Murder
Country: USA
Language: English
Release date: September 9, 2022
Producer: Dark Castle Entertainment, EntertainmentOne, Eagle Vision
Distributor: Diamond Films
Duration: 99 min.
Year: 2022
Age rating: Not recommended for children under 16 years of age

Artistic Sheet

Direction: William Brent Bell
Script: David Coggeshall. original story: David Johnson, Alex Mace. Characters: Alex Mace
Music: Brett Detar
Photography: Karim Hussain
Distribution: Isabelle Fuhrman, Julia Stiles, Rossif Sutherland, Hiro Kanagawa, Stephanie Sy, Jade Michael, Andrea del Campo, Lauren Cochrane, Erik Athavale, Matthew Finlan


Movie poster The Orphan First Murder (2022)
Movie poster The Orphan First Murder (2022)



The movie The Orphan First Murder is a failed prequel that is not at the level of the good work of its predecessor. Of course, you can laugh a few times at his script nonsense.


His crazy script twist that manages to change everything.

If you are willing, he will manage to amuse you.


The application of filters on the image throughout the footage.

Its final finish more typical of a telefilm.

The continuous ravings of his script.

Criticism of The Orphan 2 First murder (2022)