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The Exorcism of Emily Rose


Jeff Nelson

...if you enjoy a mix of soft-core horror and courtroom drama, you'll appreciate this.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose
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Audiences have seen the realms of many different exorcism films. They have unreal stories that sometimes end up making the *film enjoyable, but not very good filmmaking. Of course, The Exorcist is an exception to comments made on general exorcism movies. The Exorcism of Emily Rose attempts to put some realism into this topic.

Attorney Erin Bruner is always able to keep herself calm when she's working a case. However, she finds herself unraveling when she represents a priest who's conducted an exorcism that went wrong. As the case continues, she's left questioning her beliefs and view on life. The trailers misled many moviegoers and isn't even worth checking out. It doesn't represent the film well. It shows this film full of exorcisms, screaming, and stuff such as that. However, this film is more about the court case regarding the death of Emily Rose and convicting the priest. The film flashes back to the events that are being discussed, such as the exorcism. There isn't any green vomit or head spinning. The Exorcism of Emily Rose made the smart move of keeping a well-rounded story that stretches the imagination, but never goes too far from reality such as twisting her head all the way around. A lot of the court room drama falls into some of the same dialogue you will hear on shows such as Law & Order. The court part of the film is very predictable, but when the flashbacks are shown on what Emily Rose endured, that's where there are some very creative scenes. Those who are expecting a scary exorcism film won't enjoy the courtroom scenes and not many law movie fans are going to watch this. However, if you enjoy a mix of soft-core horror and courtroom drama, you'll appreciate this.

There are quite a few films where actors truly make the film. This holds true for The Exorcist of Emily Rose. Jennifer Carpenter does wonders for the role of Emily Rose. She captures her character both in and out of being possessed. Carpenter does a fantastic job in nearly every role she commits herself to and shows all the depth she possibly can given the screenplay. Both Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson do a decent job. They're very obviously put to shame by Jennifer Carpenter, but they give suitable performances.

Nobody watches a courtroom drama to see great visuals. However, whenever there's a flashback, expect good cinematography. Everything from lighting to the scene shown on the poster in the fog look great. Fortunately, there isn't too much CGI used and the small amount that's used is placed tastefully.

To be honest, I doubt there will ever be an exorcism film that reaches the level of The Exorcist. In fact, most of these films that are released are garbage. The Exorcism of Emily Rose picks up an interesting perspective that's rather effective. This film won't be popular with many and does have its share of flaws, but it's enjoyable if you know what to expect. The Exorcism of Emily Rose is a decent exorcism film that's worth checking out even if only for Carpenter's captivating performance.

My Rating = Three and One Half Stars

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