Quibi's film (released as a short series), The Expecting, has Mira Sorvino playing Emma, a young artist, who wakes up naked in the woods, after a night of partying.
She's been mangled, and doesn't remember what happened.
But upon returning home, she discovers that she is pregnant.
The only person she's had relations with is her co-worker, Ty, so she believes that he is the father.
At least at first...
Because she soon begins to have flashbacks of being assaulted by some sort of merman like alien...which would explain the state that she found herself in the woods.
Having just lost her job, Ty sets her up with a pro-bono sexual health doctor, who reassures her that everything with the baby is fine, despite having peculiar symptoms.
At first, she plans to abort it.
But then she has second thoughts at the last minute, and changes her mind.
Eventually, she discovers that her mother had went through a similar experience, prior to her own birth.
And that this drove her towards schizophrenia, which eventually led to her suicide.
After trying to kill Emma, when she was a baby, no less.
Thus, she turns to the internet for answers.
Which leads her to other girls, with similar symptoms, who have become pregnant under similar circumstances.
So she starts to think it's all part of some sort of conspiracy.
This drives her to seek out a late term back room abortion.
But not even this guy will go through with it, asking her if "this is some sort of sick joke?"...before he returns her money and throws her out.
Now she's sure that something nefarious is afoot...and growing inside her.
But it's too late...the child is born...
Now, the only question is...if this a case akin to Mysterious Skin...or more of a Rosemary's Baby type situation?
Only time will tell what it is she has actually given birth to...
In all honesty...this wasn't too bad.
The production quality actually surprised me.
And it has a number of recognizable names and faces.
Though it is heavily reliant upon CGI effects...the acting and storyline sufficiently cover for it.
But I am still having a hard time acclimating to the format of these Quibi series, with their 10+ 8-10 minute episodes (this one has 11 episodes).
Why not just release it as a one off film ffs?
Maybe it's an advertising thing...but I downloaded it.
That aside, however, it's entertaining enough to be worth a watch.
And it seems to be slated for a follow up series, as well.
5.5 out of 10.
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