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I got to say that this movie was so predictable...is like screenwriters
have run out of ideas...and please stop selling those crap about "based
on a true story" e.t.c cause people can see that this thing is far from
truth. From the very beginning of this movie until the end when the
preacher dies in the car accident is soooo predictable. I mean i could
easily make a better script!
On the other hand, as big fan of all kind of movies, i strongly believe the direction was good...but not really scary and that because of the script as a mentioned. I liked the characters apart from the old guy in the university that first spoke about the daemon, because he seemed to know so many things but he acted funny and this doesn't make sense for someone who knows such things.
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The Possession (A) English --------- my Rating : ★★★★ THRILLS
STRENGTHS : - * Performances : by the possessed girl was fantastic ...... * Sound effects : real life experience .... * Direction and camera : best for an horror thriller... * Climax : u will find the major twist ..... * Second half : was more engaging then the first half....
WEAKNESSES : - * Some plot : reason must have provided "how the girl in the box died " * Screenplay : was weak must have more thriller and spicier .....
FINAL VERDICT : - * It is a clean one time horror thriller .... please watch it alone in night to feel the real possession ...... Go for it ...
A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.
The only upside to being possessed by a demon is you can finally drive to work in the carpool lane.
Unfortunately, the vessel for evil in this horror movie isn't old enough to drive.
While at a garage sale with his daughters, Em (Natasha Calis) and Hannah (Madison Davenport), weekend dad Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) buys Em a wooden box carved with Judaic writing.
Enamored with the sinister box, Em soon hears a hushed voice emitting from within.
Concerned with her behaviour, Clyde takes the box to an expert on Jewish demonology (Matisyahu) who informs him of the items evil inhabitant.
Meanwhile, the entity has Em under its spell, and is advising her to assault her mother (Kyra Sedgwick).
With an unorthodox item at the core of an unstable family environment, The Possession injects fresh subtext into a sluggish sub-genre.
Plus, with Jewish demonic possession you get the Sabbath off.
The Possession is a well made and, for the most part well directed horror film that is sadly weakened by being just too routine and filled with clichés. The story concerns a divorced couple Clyde (Jeffery Dean Morgan) and Stephanie (Kyra Sedgwick) and their two daughters Hannah (Madison Davenport) and Emily (Natasha Calis). When Clyde buys Emily a strange wooden box she spots at a yard sale, Emily soon starts to exhibit strange and violent behavior. Clyde soon finds out the box is a Hebrew demon box whose occupant Emily has unleashed. Director Ole Bornedal actually does a good job building tension and does gives us a few scares but, Leslie Gornstein's script is so full of the typical possession/ exorcism elements that even with the Jewish slant, it can't save the material from being far too familiar to be effective. The film is at it's weakest when the actually exorcism finally takes place as even in Hebrew we've seen it all before from swarms of insects to creepy voices and from contorting bodies to conveniently empty hospital hallways. The more familiar it gets, the more Borndal's tension evaporates and the last act losses us completely when it should grip us the most. Much like the recent The Rite which also suffered from a routine and sometimes silly exorcism finale. The cast is all fine, especially young Natasha Calis who really does a great job as the tortured Emily. It's only Sedgwick who overacts a bit and seems uncomfortable with the supernatural themed material. All in all it's an OK passing of time but, nothing new to this horror sub-genre and quite forgettable when it's all said and done.
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Let's run down the key points: spooky religious fables, emotionally
detached kids and distant adult relationships. These three components
did have some potential but the execution of each was flawed from the
start. Not remotely scary at all, and to think this started with online
rumours via eBay should've told me how retarded things would turn out.
The viewing experience doesn't open itself up to something challenging and provocative. Instead the movie meanders between mundane social drama whilst attempting to insight gullible curiosity. The words 'Pandora's Box' do come to mind often. Turning what could've been something original into another recycled fan-boy's dream.
Predictable storytelling performed by a surprisingly good cast of actors. It's nothing that you haven't already seen before.
The Possession was a decent horror movie which had its share of
horrific moments but was overshadowed by weak direction and loose
A young girl buys an antique box which reveals a malicious ancient spirit exorcising the girl's spirit. Her father must find a way to cure his daughter before she falls completely into the hand of evil spirit.
The Possession, based on true story, starts of very well with few scary scenes which will give a chill running down your spine. The story was quite different from other horror flicks and it had potential to become true horror film. However weak direction and loose screenplay spoils the mood little bit. Fortunately , film gathers steam in the later half and makes it a point to enjoy the chilling factor. Performances by the star cast is good especially Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Natasha Calis.
Overall , The Possession is all glitters but not gold. It had few horrifying moments but don't expect much from it. Average 2.5/5
The Possession had a lot of hype surrounding it, considering that the material it covers is real. Whether or not "real" is as real to you as it is to me is a matter of perception, and of those involved with the events surrounding this menacing dybbuk box. While weird things happened on set in real life, even weirder things happen in this movie. Yet what ties the knot is the stellar casting, tour-de-force performance of Natasha Calis, and the amazing heart at the center of this story. We're very emotionally invested in this film. It is by no means a great masterpiece of horror, but it is a great horror film and a great movie overall. Ole Bornedal captures these pivotal small moments everyone who has suffered divorce can relate to. Divorce is an excellent conduit for the possession young Emily Brenek (Calis) suffers. Matisyahu, the dybbuk, the box, Madison Davenport, Kyra Sedgwick add sparkle. Some handsome graphic effects add dazzle. Atmosphere adds creepy-as-f****. But in the end, what ties the knot is Calis and Jeffrey Dean Morgan's journey as father and daughter to hell and back. That is what makes this small story about demonic possession so worth telling and so resonant as an experience.
If you're a horror fan, like me, please give credit to Ole Bornedal and Sam Raimi churning out a truly creepy, messed up flick. But even better, let's applaud them for giving us characters to care about, not to root for their deaths. Natasha Calis is excellent as the possessed Emily Brenek. She really carries the movie. It's a tough job to pull off, and she does it well. Jeffrey Dean Morgan comes in second. He seems like he's almost playing himself here. The guy seems like a real softie, and the scene between him and Em have an emotional element that makes their father-daughter relationship really believable. Now on with the creepy stuff. Needless to say that the fact the dybbuk box is real, that real creepy stuff happened on the set, and that the box messed with people. The visual effects here are kept to a minimum, just good, solid acting. When FX is used, it's used sparingly, making its appearances in the film - even if flawed at parts - horrific. Another great thing about the movie is how it takes its time, like the oldies quietly bringing you toward a scary and bombastic conclusion. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have seen it several times. Definitely as much a family drama as it is an over- the-top and thoroughly creepy horror film.
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I really wanted to see this picture from the moment i read summary of R.Ebert's review in IMDb. He only mentioned "...like in "The Exorcist"..." and that was it for my. I love The Exorcist, i really think that it's the best horror movie ever made (still!), and it's still scares the hell out of my every time i watch it.
Now back to "The Possession". The plot is simple, the girl buys some old and apparently cursed box and the weird stuff begins. Nothing new her, but in this movie it works. Almost everything in this movie works so well, that at the end i was holding my breath (can't really remember when that happened last time). The performances are very good. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is solid as usual, but the real star of the show is Natasha Calis (the obsessed girl). She acts with such a believe in what is happening that it really gives hope to see her again in some solid movies in a future - she has a skill.
Now for some horror fans this picture i believe will be to boring and not scare enough, but believe me, if your looking for a solid drama / mystery / horror with solid acting, believable plot (for this genre) and truly believable characters who act truly believable in desperate situation - this is it, "The Possession" is that kind of a picture.
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This was one of those horror movies that made me feel like being
possessed might be better off than being sane and watching this flick.
The parents of Emily were going through a bitter divorce. The parents
certainly didn't look very bitter and the biggest argument they forced
a few moments in to try to convince the audience they were in fact
angry at each other.
Emily's life began to change once she got the box and throughout the movie everyone refused to believe something strange was going on and that it was just because she couldn't handle the breakup between her parents. Really? You walk into Emily's room and she's surrounded by moths and that's not odd? She stabs her father with a fork and that's not odd? I'm pretty sure the moths weren't too bugged about the divorce either.
I wouldn't recommend this movie because it's not scary, there is no story, and you are better off watching something like Piranha than this yawn fest. The character depth was pretty thin and the moths acted brilliantly through the entire movie.
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