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“The Possession” Movie Review

Submitted by on September 19, 2012 – 5:49 am Comments

the possession movie posterBased on a true story, “The Possession” is the story of a father, Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), in the end of a divorce with his wife Stephanie (Kyra Sedgewick). Along with daughters Hanna (Madison Davenport) and Emily (Natasha Calis), the family is a little disorganized as a job offer out of state hinders Clyde’s decisions. When a box with strange markings is purchased by Emily at a garage sale from the son of a woman, who had it before and was tortured by it, things start to turn bad rapidly for Emily. What starts off as a moth infestation turns into growls. The box takes a hold on Emily and forces her into late night feeding frenzies and violent behaviors. When Clyde starts to suspect something is wrong with his little girl, he goes to his colleague, Professor McMannis (Jay Brazeau). He shows him the box and McMannis tells him that it is a Dybbuk Box, an old Jewish containment for a Dybbuk Spirt, a tortured Jewish soul.

He offers the information to Tzadok (Matisyahu), a young Jewish exorcist. Later, Emily finds a way to open the box and invites the spirit in without her knowledge. Meanwhile, Stephanie is trying to move on with her life with a new boyfriend, Brett (Grant Show), and Emily’s behavior turns violent when she insanely attacks a boy at school for touching the Dybbuk Box. Emily tells Clyde that she wants her box and it is clear that she is fully attached to it. However, Clyde attempts to get rid of the box and Emily starts to hit herself and blame the abuse on Clyde. She runs to the box and the spirit tells her that he wants to live inside of her. He fully takes control of her body and things get scary for everyone around Emily. After a violent sciezure, Emily is hospitalized and Clyde and Tzadok’s decide to use the Jewish method of exorcism after finding out the demon’s name from the Dybbuk Box. Directed by Ole Bornedal. PG-13. 92 Minutes long.

The Good:

This movie is rather thrilling in parts where the possessed Emily is being entangled by the demonic Jewish spirit. I was a little skeptical of the entire basis of the movie. With such movies like “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” and others, it was making me wonder if this was going to be entertaining rather than scary or thrilling. The movie’s graphics when showing what the demon looked like were outstanding. Granted, this was at the end of the movie, but the process of the tiny hand reaching from Emily’s throat was a unique way of showing the process of the possession. One of the most disturbing parts was the MRI showing the tiny body of the demon living in her chest cavity. Another key point of the movie was the acting of Natasha Calis, who played Emily. The process and how she changed from a sweet and kind little girl to a quick tempered lunatic was great. I could go on and on with this list since the movie was really well made.

The Bad:

There was nothing bad about this film. All around the movie was well made, great graphics and fantastic child actors. It was rather thrilling compared to other films on exorcisms.

Things That Should Have Been:

Like in all movies, there is always something that could have been in the movie and maybe will be later in the years. The first thing that I would have liked more of is a background of where the Dybbuk Box came from, why it was in the old woman’s possession and why she was going to take a hammer to it. Another issue I felt was what happened to the boyfriend that got his teeth ripped out by Demon Emily? He freaks out and leaves during Emily’s seizure. The last thing I would have liked to see was what happened to the box at the end? Does a child pick it up since the demon was the “taker of children”?

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Overall, the movie is definitely one to see in the movies. With the big screen and dark atmosphere, it gives you a sense of vulnerability and will scare you several times. This of course is a movie where you are going to leave the children at home and never allow them to watch. I was even questioning whether or not to watch “The Little Mermaid” afterwards as I peeked into my daughter’s room to see if there are any spirits. This is definitely worth a movie ticket and it will be interesting to see what they are going to do with this in the future. See the Trailer Here.

David Sibert

David is co-owner of Daily Bubble and editor-in-chief. Father and Husband and all around busy guy. He likes long walks on the beach and having fun playing computer games. Also a writer of Daily Bubble.

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