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

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Trivia

While promoting the film on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005) (airdate 8/29/12), Jeffrey Dean Morgan reported that strange incidents took place during production that couldn't be explained. Lights exploded during the filming of key scenes, and just two days after wrapping principal photography, all of the props for the film, stored in case of re-shoots, were destroyed in a fire that mysteriously erupted from within the storage-house. See more »

Goofs

When Dybuk is asking Emily if it can live inside her ("Czy moge mieszkac W CIEBIE") his grammar is incorrect. Correct question should be "Czy moge mieszkac W TOBIE." See more »

Quotes

Tzadok: I hate hospitals... people die here.
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.202 (2012) See more »

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You Were Always Meant for Me
Written by Stephen Edwards
Performed by Lisa Vaughn
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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Do not let the slow pace fool you.
1 January 2013 | by deadly_twilightSee all my reviews

So this movie was not for everyone, I personally thought this movie was great.

An exorcism movie that does not involve the devil is refreshing to see, and the experience of the movie is played out quite well in the pacing and how events unfold. The fact it features the Jewish religion over Christianity is a very nice touch, one you rarely see in a movie of this style as most people hear exorcism and assume the Catholic church. While many may complain it is too slow, and other such things let me ask you this question.

What were you expecting from a movie that was purely plot driven?

Personally the acting was also great, I could empathize with the characters and understand them. The father was just worried about his daughter, who hid her signs of the problem well until things got bad. I mean when it really showed and she was hitting the kid at school, that looked like something that night happen in school over even something small like a favorite pencil or item. There was in my opinion no weak performances in the acting, coupled with a solid and strong story makes for quite a good movie.

Lastly the execution was some of the best I had seen this far, it flowed and was not jumpy like say the bourne movies. Nothing was out of place and the movie felt creepy and eerie throughout with all of the silence that you could almost hear in many parts of it. If your looking for a truly good movie that will have you walking away satisfied this is one of them.

It is a well written, acted, and executed movie that while it may seem slow moving is well worth the watch. Think of it what you will, but I recommend this movie as one of my top ten movies of 2012.


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Release Date:

31 August 2012 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,732,480, 2 September 2012

Gross USA:

$49,130,154

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$85,446,075
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