The Possession Movie Review by Bobby of Bobby’s Movie Reviews
The latest addition to horror’s scariest sub-genre, exorcism movies, is Ole Bornedal’s ‘The Possession’. Natasha Calis stars as Em, a young girl who is intrigued by an old box she attains from a yard sale. However, soon after she purchases the box, she begins acting strange and becomes extremely protective of the box. After a string of events, her father (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), comes to the conclusion that she is possessed and an exorcism should be conducted. Kyra Sedgwick stars as Em’s concerned mother and Madison Davenport stars as her terrified sister.
Exorcism is a topic that has been used in movies since the very beginning of film. William Friedkin’s ‘The Exorcist’ starring Linda Blair has been used as the cornerstone for most modern-day possession films. While the influence is noticeable in ‘The Possession’, the filmmakers find a way to add a new and original twist to this terrifying movie.
Natasha Calis’ performance, dare I say, was just as good as Linda Blair’s performance in the classic that started Hollywood’s obsession with exorcism. The transition from a carefree young girl, to a girl hurt by her parent’s divorce, and finally to a possessed child was perfect. Even Jeffrey Dean Morgan has said that if it wasn’t for Calis’ great audition, he wouldn’t have done the movie. I might’ve been even more scared of Em than I was of Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman) in ‘Orphan’.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who I know from the earlier seasons of ‘Supernatural’ was very good as a father conflicted between his children and his job as a basketball coach. When he realizes that his daughter may be possessed and seeks help from a rabbi was when I really started to feel bad for his character. Kyra Sedgwick, even though her role was not as prominent as Morgan’s, was great as always.
Another thing that made the movie even more effective was the chilling score, composed by Anton Sanko. Even though some scares were generated by a sudden burst of sound, the creepy music that was constantly playing made the movie 10 times more intense.
The most intense part of the film was easily the yard sale scene. I turned blue from holding my breath so long. Even though you know she is going to buy the box, you will still be secretly praying she doesn’t. The overwhelming sense of the evil to come is unbearable.
‘The Possession’ is so far the scariest movie of the year, and will most likely be the scariest of 2012. Never before have I been to a film where the movie-goers were as anxious to return to the safety of their homes. If you are willing to sacrifice a few nights sleep, then you should definitely see ‘The Possession’.
Directed by: Ole Bornedal
Written by: Juliet Snowden and Stiles White
Starring: Natasha Calis, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Kyra Sedgwick
Run Time: 1 Hour and 33 Minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material involving violence and disturbing sequences
My Rating: 9/10
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