Do not watch this film expecting a horror or a bloodbath; it is more along the lines of The Exorcist (not quite the same high quality as the early 70s classic). The director, Scott Derrickson (Hellraiser: Inferno), and the scriptwriter, Paul Harris Boardman (Urban Legends: Final Cut), have tried to recreate that same type of story and atmosphere that creeped us out with The Exorcist.
To be honest, for me these types of films are always much scarier than those that involve a half human creature in a red and black sweater chasing me with hands like knives. This is because it falls into the realm of possibility; the things going on in this movie could actually happen and that is what is scary to me. Actually, the movie is based on a true story, so much of it actually did happen.
The acting from most of the cast was excellent especially the girl who played Emily Rose; she made the character very believable! The story does lag in some parts and I wanted the court case to be more of the quality of a Law & Order episode. I also would have liked more background information about the possession and Emily Rose herself. I did enjoy the film and it gave me some food for thought about possession, exorcisms and the like. After seeing this film I will never again be able to fall right back to sleep after waking up at a particular time of the night.
Erin Bruner (Laura Linney – Kinsey and Mystic River), a single female lawyer, is on her way back upwards in her chosen profession after winning a high profile case. A senior partner in her firm, Karl Gunderson (Colm Feore – The Chronicles of Riddick and Payback), assigns her the case of a priest who is being charged with the homicide of Emily Rose (Jennifer Carpenter – White Chicks and D.E.B.S.), a young woman he attempted to perform an exorcism on. Erin does not want the case but Gunderson says that the archdiocese insisted on her taking the case and they are a big client of the firm. She agrees reluctantly only after insisting that she become a partner in the firm if she takes the case. Gunderson says that the archdiocese does not want the priest, Father Moore (Tom Wilkinson – In The Bedroom and The Full Monty), to get up on the stand and testify because this will embarrass the church. Bruner agrees.
Ethan Thomas (Campbell Scott – Dying Young and Singles) is the lawyer for the prosecution. He offers Erin a plea bargain, which Erin refuses on Father Moore's behalf because he does not want to plead guilty to something he did not do. The most important thing for Father Moore is that Emily Rose's story comes out. The more that Erin investigates the case and talks to Father Moore, the more she becomes involved in the case. Father Moore warns Erin about the dark forces surrounding this case and tells her to be careful. Erin does not believe him, but becomes more and more confused about what she does believe in when strange things start happening to her. As the case goes on and Thomas presents a very strong case, Erin realizes that her only hope to win is to allow Father Moore to take the stand. She has to decide whether she is willing to risk her career to do this.
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