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The Possession (2012)

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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.

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Ole Bornedal
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ... Clyde
Kyra Sedgwick ... Stephanie
Natasha Calis ... Em
Madison Davenport ... Hannah
Matisyahu ... Tzadok
Grant Show ... Brett
Rob LaBelle ... Russell
Nana Gbewonyo ... Darius
Anna Hagan ... Eleanor
Brenda Crichlow ... Miss Shandy (as Brenda M. Crichlow)
Jay Brazeau ... Professor McMannis
Iris Quinn ... Doctor
Graeme Duffy ... Lab Tech
David Hovan ... Adan
Chris Shields ... Assistant Coach
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Storyline

The basketball coach Clyde and his wife Stephanie divorced a couple of months ago and their teenage daughter Hannah and the girl Emily 'Em' live with their mother and spend the weekends with their father. One day, Clyde stops his car in a yard sale and Em buys an antique carved box and becomes obsessed with it. Em finds the hidden lock and releases an evil spirit that possesses her. Soon Clyde discovers that Em has a problem, but his annoying ex-wife and her boyfriend Brett do not pay attention to him and get a restraining order against Clyde. Clyde seeks out Professor McMannis and when he sees the box, he explains that it is the Dibbuk Box, where a fiend is trapped inside. He also explains that the box should not be open; otherwise the person will be possessed by the spirit. Now Clyde travels to a Jewish community in New York and the rabbi's son Tzadok returns with him expecting to exorcise Em to save the girl. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Darkness lives inside. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving violence and disturbing sequences | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dibbuk Box See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,732,480, 2 September 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$49,130,154

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$85,446,075
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Film debut of Matisyahu. See more »

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When Clyde is shown lying on his couch throwing a basketball up in the air, a band-aid is seen on the back of his hand, before his hand gets stabbed. See more »

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Em: Where's my box?
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You're a Heavenly Thing
Written by Jack Little (as Little Jack Little) and Joe Young
Performed by Mel Tormé
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Conventional Movie of Possession and Exorcism
18 February 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The basketball coach Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his wife Stephanie (Kyra Sedgwick) divorced a couple of months ago and their teenage daughter Hannah (Madison Davenport) and the girl Emily 'Em' (Natasha Calis) live with their mother and spend the weekends with their father.

One day, Clyde stops his car in a yard sale and Em buys an antique carved box and becomes obsessed with it. Em finds the hidden lock and releases an evil spirit that possesses her. Soon Clyde discovers that Em has a problem, but his annoying ex-wife and her boyfriend Brett (Grant Show) do not pay attention to him and get a restraining order against Clyde.

Clyde seeks out Professor McMannis (Jay Brazeau) and when he sees the box, he explains that it is a Dibbuk Box, where a fiend is trapped inside. He also explains that the box should not be open; otherwise the person will be possessed by the spirit. Now Clyde travels to a Jewish community in New York and the rabbi's son Tzadok (Matisyahu) returns with him expecting to exorcise Em to save the girl.

"The Possession" is a conventional movie of possession and exorcism but is not a bad movie, with good performances. However, the story is totally predictable and does not show anything new in the genre. Last but not the least, Brett simply vanishes from the story without any further explanation. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Possessão" ("Possession")


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