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Rated PG -13; running time of 1 hour and 58 minutes
Written by: Paul Harris Boardman
Directed by: Scott Derrickson
Cast: Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, Campbell Scott, Jennifer Carpenter, Colm Feore, Mary Beth Hurt, Shohreh Aghdashloo
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WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.
Erin Bruner (Laura Linney), having just successfully defended a questionable client in a difficult case, is riding a professional high. It is because of this success that the local archdiocese has contacted her law firm and asked that she defend Father Moore (Tom Wilkinson). Father Moore watches over a very small parish in a rural town and he has been charged with negligent homicide in the death of Emily Rose (Jennifer Carpenter) in an exorcism gone wrong. Emily Rose was a sweet 19 year old, with a strong faith in God. Within in a few weeks of her leaving for college, something strange happens to her on a stormy night. She feels a presence in her bed and from that moment forth, she is unable to fully enter into a church, she sees demons, she talks in tongues and ancient languages. No doctor or amount of medication can help her. Some insist she has epilepsy other claim that she is schizophrenic. But her family, friends, and priest believe that she is possessed. It is this belief that ultimately leads to her death.
This case pits an Agnostic Erin against a staunch Catholic with unwavering faith, Ethan Thomas (Campbell Scott) the district attorney who while has a deep faith, does not believe in demonic possession. With strict orders from the archdiocese to not put Father Moore on the stand, Erin struggles with providing the best defense for her client when the most compelling testimony would be testimony from Father Moore. Father Moore knows this and he made a death bed promise to Emily to get her story out. He is insistent about being on the stand even though it will cost Erin her job.
Father Moore’s superiors are not the only obstacle in their way. Father Moore’s knows that there are dark forces in play and trying to keep this trial from proceeding. Several unexplained incidents have convinced Erin, that Father Moore just might be right. So she is not only fighting for her client, she may be fighting for her life and her soul.
This movie claims to be based on a true story – I doubt that. But that only added to my reaction to the movie, and I am no light weight. I’ve seen them all. I have trouble with “The Omen” and I’ve long since given up on Freddy and Jason, but if I had to, I could handle it. That said, “Emily Rose” wore me out. A PG-13 movie, wore me out. I think it was how she contorted her body and all the noises she made. But let me say it again – “Emily Rose” wore me out. Scared the crap out of me. And here’s the kicker- it’s not even a movie about possession. First and foremost, this is a courtroom drama. It just so happens that the case on trial deals with possession. And the last few months of Emily’s life is told to us via flash backs. We never see much continuity in her life and very little prior to her possession.
This movie belongs to the 4 principal actors. Their acting was top notch and most impressive was Jennifer Carpenter. The story was engaging and riveting. The only people I can see being disappointed are those expecting to see “The Exorcist Part 5”.
I know when I got home, I started looking over my shoulder and was praying I slept through 3 a.m.
This is a really good date flick. Grab dinner and a movie and snuggle up.
Haunting and scary. It will leave a lasting impression upon you.
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