Capone finds THE POSSESSION a fairly creepy (if familiar) experience!!!
Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here.
Or THE JEWISH EXORCIST. And yes, the ground was covered quite ridiculously in David Goyer's 2009 film THE UNBORN. But in THE POSSESSION, things are dialed back slightly, with an strong emphasis on a broken family being the centerpiece of the plot. When we meet high school basketball coach Clyde Brenek (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), he and his ex-wife Stephanie (Kyra Sedgwick) are already split up, with their two girls, Emily (Natasha Calis) and Hannah (Madison Davenport) getting caught in the middle of the less-than-friendly fallout of the marriage.
One day Clyde picks up his kids and takes them to his recently purchased home, which is in desperate need of some decorating, so he takes them to a yard sale, where Emily finds an ornate wooden box, with no visible seals or ways to open it... always a good sign. Not long after its they bring the box home, Emily manages to trip a hidden lock and reveal its creepy contents, which apparently includes an unseen ancient demon that has now been set free and taken up residence in the young girl, causing her to not feel herself and act out aggressively at times.
The demon even manages to make it appear that Clyde is abusing Emily, and all custody he has of the girls is taken away from him. Somewhere in the script for THE POSSESSION (from Juliet Snowden and Stiles Whiteis, KNOWING) a metaphor for the toll divorce takes on children, but that kind of gets lost around the time when the little girl examines her throat in the mirror and fingers come crawling out. Eventually, Emily's problems become so great that all can agree there is something wrong with her that conventional medicine can't take care of. Clyde shows the box to a professor friend who explains that it is a dybbuk, a vessel in Jewish culture believed to be able to trap evil spirits that, when set free, will eventually drain the life out of its human host.
And before long Clyde is trawling Jewish neighborhoods looking for someone to help him save his daughter. The only man who comes forth is Tzadok (played by musician Matisyahu), who knows the ritual to de-possess Emily and put the demon back in the box. Sounds simple, right? Directed by Danish filmmaker Ole Bornedal (NIGHTWATCH), THE POSSESSION actually works in many ways. The overall creep vibe is solid thanks to some stylish, but not overwhelming, visuals. The decision to never lose sight of the family dynamic was a wise one; the more her parents get along and cooperate, the better Emily's prospects seem to get. The scares are parceled out at nice intervals. And young Calis knows how to glare and turn on some truly evil voices on cue.
One of the more bizarre elements of the film is in the editing, or more specifically the transitions from scene to scene. There are abrupt fade-outs that almost indicate the film can't wait to get out of one scene and into the next. At a 90-minute running time, I almost wish the movie hadn't been in such a hurry to get from scene to scene; a mellower approach would have been right in line with the tone of the rest of the film. It wasn't enough to ruin the film for me, but it was mildly distracting. Overall, however, Morgan does nice work as a desperate father who already feels guilty for putting his job before his family and is trying to make up for it by making a desperate attempt to remove this evil from his little girl. If you're desperate for a few genuinely earned supernatural scares (unlike last week's unwatchable THE APPARITION), THE POSSESSION gets the job done.
-- Steve Prokopy
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Aug. 31, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST
by Ultron ver 2.0
Aug. 31, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST
Aug. 31, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST
She miraculously gets better once the husband and wife start to get along better. pffft
Aug. 31, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST
nevermind and/or I'm sorry
Aug. 31, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST
they would stop sticking "based on true events" on films like this.
Aug. 31, 2012, 12:21 p.m. CST
I was gonna watch this before I realized it doesn't star Javier Bardem, just the guy who looks exactly fuckin like him
Aug. 31, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST
Last night's new episode had this exact same plot. Mysterious box, Jewish origins, dybbuk demon trapped inside. Same fucking thing.
Aug. 31, 2012, 1:40 p.m. CST
Aug. 31, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST
Why isn't John Winchester shooting the demon with some salt buckshot or capturing it in a devil trap? I can't see JDM in anything supernatural related and not just expect him to kick its ass.
Aug. 31, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST
by Mike J
Would he say...... "Up, up and oy vey"? Sorry
Aug. 31, 2012, 2:01 p.m. CST
Aug. 31, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST
Aug. 31, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST
He'll be here soon enough. Search your hearts, you know it to be true.
Aug. 31, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST
Eh? Eh? *pokes ribs*
Aug. 31, 2012, 3:40 p.m. CST
So everyone who possesses it immediately tries to sell it instead of destroying it. Fucking anti-Semite writers. When will the Jewish community be properly represented in Hollywood. The whole town is a Goum only club.
Aug. 31, 2012, 4:07 p.m. CST
over Javier "I'm famous in America because i sound like Antonio Banderas" Bardem.
Aug. 31, 2012, 4:16 p.m. CST
by Ash Talon
I know all possession films will inevitably be compared to The Exorcist, but Regan's parents were separated in the Exorcist. It helped play into her mother's emotional state and feelings of guilt over her daughter's issues. This sounds way too similar to The Exorcist. Folks, you need an angle for a film to stand on its own from a crowded genre. It doesn't sound like this film has a unique angle.
Aug. 31, 2012, 4:41 p.m. CST
by andy kaufman
I'd rather have that then this trend of pg-13 girl posessed movies.
Aug. 31, 2012, 5:45 p.m. CST
by Santiago Charboneau
Aug. 31, 2012, 10:41 p.m. CST
by SID 8.0
I'm hoping Morgan makes a guest appearance on Supernatural. This looks pretty good too.
Sept. 1, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST
Sept. 1, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST
Exact-fucking-ly!!! SALT THE BITCH! Or fifty words in Latin at a rapid clip...
Sept. 2, 2012, 10:12 p.m. CST
Paranormal Witness had the same plot because they filmed in episode coinciding with the release of the film. The PW episode was the story the film is based on.
Sept. 3, 2012, 3:30 p.m. CST
I don't care for young punks like Chris Pine, give Morgan a Jack Ryan-type role.
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