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The Exorcism of Emily Rose


Jackson Newsome

...blurs the line of reality and fiction...

The Exorcism of Emily Rose
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Emily Rose really plays with your mind. This film blurs the line of reality and fiction, or is it fiction? That is up to you to decide and believe me, after watching this movie you will have decided. There is no "in-between"s or "I don't know"s. Whatever you choose, I think that you will enjoy this horror/courtroom drama (which, by the way, has never been done before to my knowledge) .

Attorney Erin Bruner ( Linney ) decides to tackle the case of a priest convicted of murder. She, however, does not find out that the "victim" was supposedly possessed until after she agrees. A cocky state lawyer takes her on with a case he believes has already been won. The priest ( Wilkinson ) leaves her in confusion about her life, career, and beliefs. A large part of the film proceeds with flashbacks through the eyes of Emily and the priest. That is where the horror begins and ends. In between these, are the court scenes which make you question whether it truly was murder, or possession. Was she simply a misdiagnosed epileptic?

The only thing that I have to complain about is the advertising. For some odd reason, films have been advertising themselves as a certain genre only to turn out different. I was not expecting the court to take such a serious role in the film. It wasn't necessarily a bad thing, but I would have liked to delve more into the story of Emily. This is based on a true story, and I have to commend it for not boring me to sleep. It was a fairly decent movie, but be prepared for some breaks between the horror.

My Rating = Four Stars

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