If you were to disagree with my theory that children are scary, I could point you to any number of films…and this, is definitely one of them.
The Little Girl in question is Jodie Foster, who plays 13 Rynn. A girl who is so advanced for her years that it almost seems inevitable that she’s going to get in some kind of trouble. Raised by a father who has taught her to be independent, Rynn is fiercely so. She is self-assured, intelligent, cunning even, and despite her obvious vulnerability, she has more Brighton.
Foster expertly portrays Rynn’s complexity, creating a real sense of danger – we really believe this girl could be capable of anything. Even when Rynn is on the back foot and it seems things could go wrong for her at any minute, there’s a feeling that she’ll turn it around and come off better than anyone who tries to disrupt her way of life.
Foster looks so angelic, and so young, her maturity is indeed unsettling. It really is hard to believe that anyone else could have pulled this off.
It’s also worth mentioning Martin Sheen’s turn as the implied local paedophile. Blimey, he’s good! He gives Foster a run for her money, but essentially this is her show.