Movie Review: The Possession

Cast: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Natasha Calis, Kyra Sedgwick, Matisyahu
Direction: Ole Bornedal
Genre: Horror
Duration: 1 hour 32 minutes


A girl gets possessed by an evil spirit. Will her father be able to get rid of the curse that plagues his child? Movie Review: A young girl (Natasha Calis) buys an antique wooden box at a yard sale. Intrigued by the box with a Hebrew inscription on it, she opens it. An evil spirit is unleashed, putting her and her family’s life in danger. Will the family survive the demonic attack? The film is apparently based on a true story.

The film title pretty much says it all. Years after The Exorcist (1973) was made, filmmakers still seek inspiration from the horror classic. What distinguishes ‘The Possession’ from ‘The Exorcist’ is merely the mention of demons in Judaism. Barring the Jewish angle, The Possession, too is about a young girl who’s been possessed by a mysterious evil spirit. The girl starts displaying bouts of violent and bizarre behaviour. Her divorced parents fail to decode her dilemma and evidences of demonic possession.

The father ( Jeffrey Dean Morgan), however, senses trouble eventually and wages war against the demon, seeking help of a Jewish exorcist (played by reggae- pop star Matisyahu). Will the demon let go of the girl? The Possession is high on suspense. It even manages to keep you engaged throughout with its haunting background score and quaint big houses. The actors do a fine job.

The very young Natasha Calis is extremely convincing. The film, however, is low on originality and pace. Bornedal’s storytelling drags and gets repetitive, thus diluting moments which could have been scarier. The suspense unfolds a bit too late for it to be too creepy.

Tracks like the parents being divorced and the girl vomiting bugs seem clich├ęd.


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