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★★★☆☆ There's much to praise in director Ole Bornedal's competent, if run-of-the-mill, excursion into child-in-peril territory. Reminiscent of the daddy of all devil films, The Exorcist (1973), and starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick and the outstanding Natasha Calis, The Possession (2012) does suffer, however, due to the fact that we've seen it all before. Em (Calis) persuades her father Clyde (Dean Morgan) to buy her an antique box she finds at a yard sale. Unfortunately, Clyde and his ex-wife Stephanie (Sedgwick) soon discover that the box is home to an ancient demon, which is determined to resurrect itself through Em.

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