First of all, I have to admit this film is much different than I had anticipated. All the previews on TV portray it as strictly a horror film. What people may not realize is that it’s also a courtroom drama. These two genres are blended together masterfully. This film, based on a true story, is certainly one I will never forget.
My first compliment goes to the cinematography. This film is successful in frightening audiences; not by special effects and over the top grotesque elements, but rather by the colors, lighting, and camera work. These elements, combined with excellent performances by Laura Linney and Jennifer Carpenter and great writing, kept me on the edge of my seat. The ways in which Carpenter was able to contort her body are disturbing and remarkable.
This film is Dove approved, but with a suggested audience of ages 12 and above. I want to warn people that, while Dove did approve this movie, discretion must be used. This film did not exceed our approval in any one category, but as a whole it may be too intense for some people due of the intense subject matter. For example, there are several scenes where Emily’s actions while possessed by demons are extremely disturbing. Her body is shown twisted and bent in ways which will churn any stomach.
The film deals mainly with some Catholic doctrine, since this was the Rose family’s religion, and Father Moore is a priest. Dove conducts reviews based on Judeo Christian values and ethics, but feel it’s not our place to comment on any specific doctrinal issues. This movie is a successful mixture of horror and drama, and I found it greatly entertaining. If you walk into the theater to merely watch an entertaining film, it never hurts to keep an open mind.
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