Written June 27, 2016
It's a haunted house. You know, an experience you step into so that you can be shocked and frightened if you kind of go along with it. And the scary stuff is done well in this movie. Special effects are generally good and the film generally looks good. There is an enormous amount of energy spent trying to develop the divorce subplot with way too many awkward scenes of ex's interacting as children are picked up and dropped off, and of the ex being passive aggressive around the new love interest, and it's just not done well. Meanwhile the background story of the monster is treated reluctantly and abruptly. Lots of Exorcist II overtones. There wasn't really anything interesting about the characters. At the heart of every good movie is a good story...The story here is thin and unsatisfying; little more than a vehicle used to deliver a few well done scary scenes.
Written June 26, 2016
Sam Raimi has a good track record and rarely lets me down. The Possession was no different. It succeeds on nearly every level. Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays the distracted but loving father, Kyra Sedgwick turns in a truly inspired performance as the ex wife and mother trying not to be bitter and move on. Our two little stars however were Madison Davenport as Hannah and Natasha Calis as Em; both two bright young stars with talent beyond their years. The real surprise here for me came in the brilliant casting of Matisyahu as Rabbi Tzadok. Easily pulling off a very believable Jewish version of an exorcism. It brought back memories of Max Von Sydow's performance in The Excorcist. The story moved along at a steady pace with the scares coming in Raimi's signature style. The movie would get a five star rating from me if not for the very end. We all knew what cliche could present, but hoped it wouldn't. Alas, it happened so I left disappointed. The last 15 seconds that shouldn't have been.
Written September 02, 2012
I grew up watching Rosemary's Baby, and the Exorcist as well as a host of unbelievable demonic possession films. Always intrigued by the rituals used by Catholic priests, as well as learning these ancient rites are rarely used and need the approval of the Vatican. Catholic church wants the possessed individuals to first seek the evaluation and intervention of the medical, or psychological experts before it takes on the matter. Now comes "The Possession" rooted in the Hasidic experience of demonic possession cases. The family as in many documented cases didn't seem to have any religious affiliation. Seems like the non-religious or non-believers are always the likely candidates for demonic possession. The idea of Hasidic belief in demon possession is new and prompted curiosity. Overall found the movie interesting, and it did keep on the edge of my seat.
Written July 31, 2016
I am not familiar with Ole Bornedal, but I am going to check out more of his stuff. Great story telling, great style, mood and of course the Rami timing! Just when you least expect it - BAM! Good scary movie, not gory or gratuitous, just jarring, jump-out-of-your-seat scares.
And knowing it's based on an actual occurrence.... well, that just makes it that much better.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Natasha Calis are wonderful and have that great chemistry that's needed for a film like this. Kyra Sedgwick, well, what's there to say, she's great, always.
I only say 'GO' because this subject matter isn't for everyone. I thought it was really good and think I might see it one more time!
Written November 27, 2015
some reviews say its bot good, but i think it was worth the money. I like the fact that this movie has good drama behind the horror part cuz a lot of exorcism movies that i have seen had terrible content