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VINE VOICEon 20 June 2008
With such a recent plethora of movies based on torture and gore to achieve their chills, it is refreshing to find a movie that retains some intelligence and still manages to get a few spine-chilling moments, with barely a speck of blood or guts to be seen.
First and foremost, this is a court room drama. And yet there is an interesting twist, because the subject is one based on belief, not on facts.. and it makes for some interesting moral questions. The movie starts at the tail end of events as the priest is taken into custody. A young woman, Emily Rose, has died in his care following an exorcism. Was it neglect on his part keeping her from medical care for a psychotic epilepsy condition, or were his efforts justified and in fact medical intervention nullified the effects of the exorcism? We are led through the events in flashback throughout the course of the trial, sometimes to eery effect, as the priest refuses to cut a deal and insists on telling Emily's story to a jury.
At the centre of the movie is the relationship between Laura Linney's jaded and agnostic defence counsel and her client the priest played by Tom Wilkinson. The two leads play with conviction, but Jennifer Carpenter's physically demanding role of Emily Rose should not be overlooked.
Admirably, the tone is not one of full on shocks and scares - there is a neutrality which gives you space to make your own mind up, and yet allow you to see events as the Father Moore and Emily saw them. It's this intelligence towards the subject which sets this apart from most other recent horror movies and makes this worth watching.
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on 20 May 2017
This is a fantastic movie tells the story of emily very well dont want to spoil it but if you have seen the excorist this take a different angle really strong cast jennifer carpenter as emily stole the film a worn out jennifer after that
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on 15 October 2016
Courtroom drama meets horror based on a true story there's plenty to keep you watching
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on 24 September 2017
It works
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on 26 April 2016
dated but true story and was good to watch
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on 26 April 2017
Great dvd
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on 9 November 2014
wow - this poor girl. the story is told from the perspective. having looked at the girls story what was there left to do. may she rest in peace.
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on 18 July 2017
Good film.
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on 16 March 2017
Excellent thank you
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on 12 April 2017
excellent
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