The latest trailer for the upcoming thriller, When the Bough Breaks, has been released and apparently once again, Morris Chestnut has failed to recognize crazy when it’s staring him right in the face.
In this latest film, John and Laura Taylor (Chestnut and Regina Hall) are a young, professional couple who desperately want a baby. After exhausting all other options, they finally hire Anna (Jaz Sinclair), the perfect woman to be their surrogate – but as she gets further along in her pregnancy, so too does her psychotic and dangerous fixation on the husband. The couple becomes caught up in Anna’s deadly game and must fight to regain control of their future before it’s too late.
Despite starring in a very intelligent TV drama, Rosewood, Chestnut seems to always find himself on the short end of common sense in when selecting recent films. When we last saw Chestnut, he was trying to win his wife (Sanaa Lathan) back from a manipulative psychopath (Michael Ealy) in The Perfect Wife. The subplot of his desire to be a father harkens back to another of his films, the 2009 drama, Not Easily Broken. Also, newcomer Sinclair seems to be channeling her inner “Ali Larter” also from another 2009 drama, Obsessed.
All in all, the trailers seem to totally give the story away and the worst part is that both Chestnut and Hall have proven that they can rise to a higher level when given better material and direction, look no further than both in Malcolm D. Lee’s The Best Man and The Best Man Holiday. Maybe, the quality of scripts that are coming across Chestnut’s desk, so he is choosing to work rather than wait. His struggle to find quality material mirrors Idris Elba’s recent challenges to find suitable, creative material on this side of the pond.
When the Bough Breaks opens nationwide, for better or worse, on September 16, 2016. Check out the latest trailer, as well as the first one from earlier this spring, below: