Cast: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Madison Davenport, Natasha Calis, Grant Show, Matisyahu.
Director: Ole Bornedal.
Screenwriters: Juliet Snowden, Stiles White.
Producers: Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, J.R. Young.
Executive producers: Stan Wertlieb, Peter Schlessel, John Sacchi, Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake, Michael Paseornek, Nicole Brown.
Director of photography: Dan Lausten.
Production designer: Rachel O'Toole.
Editors: Eric L. Beason, Anders Villadsen.
Costume designer: Carla Hetland.
Music: Anton Sanko.
Run time: 1 hour 31 minutes
Rating: three and half stars
An ornate box purchased unknowingly by a young girl, leads her to be possessed by a spirit. How her parents unite to protect their daughter from the spirit makes for an interesting and spooky viewing.
The Brenek family has recently undergone a lot. The main protagonist of the film is 10-year-old Em (Natasha Calis). She along with her sister Hannah (Madison Davenport) are facing a lot of emotional trauma as their father Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and mother Stephanie (Kyra Sedgwick) have been separated from each other since more than a year.
In a bid to cheer his young daughter Em, dad Clyde purchases an ornate box from a yard sale, oblivious to the fact that the previous owner of the box was bed ridden after a near fatal disaster with the spirit which is inside the box.
In a series of actions which follow Em suddenly becomes violent and overtly aggressive. Although the elders were initially unable to fanthom the reason for this sudden change in Em, they finally take the help of a rabbi's son Tzadok ( Matisyahu). He asssits them and reveals that Em is under the control of the evil spirit and there is a strong chance of her being totally being possessed by it.
This comes as a rude blow and their world falls to pieces. In a bid to save their daughter, the separated couple re unites and fights against the forces of evil. In the course they realize that demons are visible in MRI scans and they begin their quest to detect the evil. The exorcism process begins and the girl is subjected to a lot.
Throughout the narration the movie is touted to be based on a true story and the original advertisement for the box was posted on eBay. Yet there were certain portions which were difficult to digest.
Screenplay and Direction:
The spooky factor has been kept alive and will make the viewers jump out of the seat. Goosebumps form by seeing Em in the possession of the evil. Her fingers turning a sinister blue and her sudden show of violence when she injures her father at the breakfast table make you shiver with fear. Although the screenplay and the spooky turn of events gets predictable after a while, yet the direction and acting by the stars is worth appreciation. A truly horrific fare after a very long time.
A Must see, if you are big time on evils, spirits and the sinister dark world. For those with a weak heart, it is better to give the movie a miss. The Possession truly holds the power to possess.