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The Exorcism of Emily Rose 2005

A lawyer takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest who performed an exorcism on a young girl...

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I know the true story of this movie. This is truly based on a german woman who was posessed (sp?)
If you google the name you can get the radio transcripts of her possession.
really weird/strange....
It's not edge of your seat frightening. But it is a good solid movie. Well made. Worth a watch... 7.5/10
There is something about exorcism movies that always creeps me out...
This one will keep you on the edge of your seat. Grab some popcorn and enjoy!
good movie, im kinda scared now
Great movie this, the real girl called, Anneliese Michel, was said to have been possesed by 5 Demons, those 5 was, Judas Iscariot, Adolf Hitler, Nero, Cain, Fleischmann and Lucifer, plus others.
its fun to pretend demons are real. it is sorta sad that the real anneliese and the priests spent 8 months trying to drive out things that dont exist. the poor girl needed psychological help... not medieval witch doctors...
The Exorcism of Emily Rose: Wow! First off, I'd just like to say that I'm very surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie! I was expecting it to be ok.... but it was great! The movie is, genuinely, scary - which is a very hard thing for a film to do and still carry a PG-13 tag. Actually, scratch that, making a scary movie is a very hard thing to do. The great thing about this movie is that it doesn't really try to be scary at all. It doesn't try to force cheap thrills down your throat over and over, it really carries a sense of eeriness and suspense that is unlike any film I've seen in a while. Which brings me to my next point, this movie is unlike any other I've ever seen! It could be described as a courthouse/horror/thriller. I've never seen this combonation tried before, and it's quite cool that it all worked out. Now, don't get me wrong the continuity was great, the filmaker made the backstory of Emily Rose integate very well with the courtroom and the film as a whole.... *but* I have to admit that I felt a little letdown at some points when I was really scared and tense on one scene then it switched back to the courtroom. Trust me, that's not a huge deal at all, because the courtroom was also pretty tense, but I thought I'd just say. Really though, I'm looking forward to the release of this film to the general public so I can see it again! I really liked it a lot. That's why I'm giving it an astounding 90/100! Yeah! It got bonus points because I got scared in two different scenes! That's unheard of! Good day.

Was dragged kicking and screaming to see The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Neither liked nor disliked the movie. Didn't freak me out, either. Sorry. Don't have anything to say.

This one was just... not there. It came close to hitting that elusive home run a few times and appeared to have all of the appropriate elements, but just failed to hit its mark.

Laura Linney was fabulous. She's such a beautiful, talented, under-utilized actress. She was great. Tom Wilkinson was stellar in his role. Jennifer Carpenter absolutely stole the show in her performance as Emily Rose. This movie has the scare-factor of it being based on something real going for it.

Yet somehow, this movie just misses. I can't describe it any better than it just missing it's mark. I understand the necessity to treat the subject matter delicately because of its balance between religion and science, but the script ultimately fails.

The scares are good, but don't seem to quite live up to their buildups and are far and few between. At times, the movie felt like a court room drama, or more similar to an extended episode of The Practice than a feature film.

I noticed the marketing department has already switched gears and stopped billing this as a "horror" but rather a "thriller". A subtle difference, that MAKES a difference. While the movie isn't horrible, it doesn't do the performances within any justice.
A shocking thing happened after viewing this horror/drama masterpiece...I was actually thinking it was the best movie of the year. That would's better than "SinCity"...but the weirdest thing is- I'm still thinking about it. "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" is a nearly perfect film- a film that I will remember for a very long time. It is a harrowing, shocking, terrifying, a terribly sad motion picture event that will make you question your own faith- and will definitely ask you to ask yourself some hard questions.

The story follows the events after the death of Emily Rose, taking place during the trial with flashbacks of Emily during her stages of possible possession...I say possible because the film presents the story in two views at the same time. You can see everything from the faith point of view- or the science point of view. And you walk out of the film and you still don't know which side to take...or you will. And that's how you may be totally freaked out by this film, or if you're not scared to death, then you'll be enthralled by the exciting courtroom drama that makes up most of the film.

Jennifer Carpenter stars as Emily Rose, and if this wasn't a horror film then she'd be nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar next February. Too bad she'll be overlooked (hope I'm wrong), but Laura Linney is the star of the show- and her performance is so good, it too may be overlooked by the Academy, but it will leave an impression in audience' minds. Carpenter is absolutely effective here, being sweet and innocent when needed, and absolutely horrified the rest of the time- it's a harrowing, terrific performance. Linney too, is absolutely believable and effective here in one of her best performances to date. Tom Wilkinson plays Father Moore very effectively too, although he SLIGHTLY gets overshadowed by the other two.

The film is incredibly scary and sad at the same time. Emily's possession begins one night alone in her dorm room, and it is one of the scariest, most nerve-racking sequences I've ever seen. After that, there are more than several scenes (set in a hospital room, another dorm room sequence, a church, a classroom (brrrrr.....) and a barn) that are absolutely horrifying- pushing the lines of that PG-13 rating this film amazingly received. But amidst that, the courtroom drama is tense and sad, and you never know what the result will be. This is a film that defies conventions...a truly original work of solid filmmaking.

This is one of the best and most original films of the year- filled with gut-wrenching heart and terrifying horrors, it is probably the first must-see film since "Batman Begins" back in see this brilliant film, and make sure you're in bed by 3 a.m. (****)
The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Review by Eric Robinette

Grade: B+

Starring: Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, Campbell Scott, Jennifer Carpenter, Colm Feore, Mary Beth Hurt, Shohreh Aghdashloo

Written by Paul Harris Boardman, Scott Derrickson

Directed by Scott Derrickson

If the makers of the misbegotten "Exorcist" sequels had asked the question, "What would have happened if the priest were put on trial," they might have made a movie as strong as "The Exorcism of Emily Rose."

Before I saw the film, I wondered why Oscar-nominated actors Tom Wilkinson, Laura Linney and Shohreh Aghdashloo were drawn to what looked like a fairly low-rent shocker. My brow furrowed when I saw that co-writer/director Scott Derrickson's most notable credit was the screenplay to the "Urban Legends" sequel.

Ironically, "Exorcism's" screenplay turns out to be its best asset. In a Hollywood rarity, the screenplay is actually stronger than the direction.

Very loosely based on an actual incident, the movie reveals early on that Emily (Jennifer Carpenter) died after an exorcism by her priest, Father Moore (Wilkinson), went awry. The priest is charged with negligent homicide, but insists to his agnostic defense attorney Erin (Linney) that if he can take the stand and tell Emily's story, he could be acquitted.

Was Emily really possessed by multiple demons, or was she a psychotic who could have been cured medically? When you get down to it, the movie calls the very existence of God into question.

That being the case, those who come to the looking for devilish cheap thrills may be disappointed, not least because too many young horror "fans "these days have so much irony in their blood that they think it's hysterical to see someone thrashing about in unbearable pain. Those who find "The Exorcist" funny are urged to take their thoughtless laughter elsewhere.

In fairness, the possession scenes are the least imaginative, filled with second-rate effects that make some characters look like models for the Edward Munch "Scream" painting. Derrickson does doesn't play with perception of reality enough.

Evocative photography by Clint Eastwood's cinematographer, Tom Stern, helps make up for Derrickson's lack of visual imagination, but I wish the director had made the prosecution flashbacks look more like evidence of mental illness, rather than making it obvious that demons were the culprits. That would have made the film's mystery all the more intriguing.

Unsurprisingly, the cast gives the film most of its power. Linney and Wilkinson are especially moving when their opposing beliefs clash, and their strong dynamic propels the film. Aghdashloo, who was sensational in "House of Sand and Fog," is a fascinating presence as an expert defense witness who studies possession.

To Derrickson's credit, the movie doesn't take sides on religious issues. While the movie clearly sympathizes with Emily and Father Moore, it does not ask us to believe that possession is real, or that exorcism is a legitimate remedy. It does ask us to consider that a girl suffered terribly, and that what you believe may not be so important as how you believe it.

For that, "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" is haunting in the best way.

OK, I liked it. But it missed as often as it hit with its various devices.

If you're expecting The Exorcist, this isn't it. If you're hoping for Law and Order... well, the lawyers are no Sam Watterson, but they're better than Elisabeth Rohm.

What the film does well... it balances the flash backs (I hope you at least have a clue as to what the movie is about before you read this) very well... so that what you see can support both the prosecution and the defense. Is she possessed? Is she medically ill? You see both sides with pretty much the same take on the flashbacks. I thought it worked very well.

Where it missed... after the movie was said and done, I found I was on one side the argument. The movie didn't balance the case well enough for me to stay on the fence and spend time thinking/talking about the movie. When the movie was over, it was over for me. On to the next one...
Meh. Courtroom drama/possession flick. Had its moments, some very scary ones, but the movie just wasn't that good.

And the ending was ass.
Ok... I just left the theater and I really don't know what i think about this one. The actual exorcism part seemed a little mundane for me. It really brought back memories of The Exorcist and the entire time I sat there I was thinking "Can we put a little something new to this?" It really does have some chilling moments however and the acting was superb by Linney and Carpenter. Based off of the actual movie, which at the end falls just a little to the wayside because it turns typically sentimental, I would rate this one very low. But the key acting roles were really well done and I'm a sucker for a gruesome death scene so I'll give this one a 6.

Worth your time if you seek a few good thrills.
Definatley a favorite movie of the year. This film describes the Exorcism of Emily Rose quite well, not only through the percieved horror of the actual witnesses, but also through the blind eyes of justice. The true terror coming from this film is that it creates a reality based on the mutual perception of those who experienced Emily Rose's tragedy.

"Exorcism" may lean to one side for some critics, but this is a definite plus for the plot, for it creates a realm of mysticism as it unfolds. Just as the defense in the film suggests to her jurors, "Keep an open mind".

Hey I'm not religious, but now I'm interested.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose is like a courtroom drama sprinkled with occasional laughable scenes of Ms. Rose doing some epileptic breakdancing around various rooms and making crazy faces that evoke more giggles than chills.

That isn't to say it doesn't have its positive aspects, with decent dialogue and Laura Linney. But, in the end I felt I was watching a supernatural-influenced version of The Practice or Law and Order. I can't decide whether or not I'm more angry at it being marketed as a horror film or the fact that I would have rather been at home in bed or shot or attacked by winged creatures.

It did win in the area of convincing theater patrons in believing in exorcisms/possessions. I can't believe how many serious conversations I've had with people about the moronic psuedo-scientific belief in this shit since I've watched the film. Suddenly, a movie based on a girl with epilepsy who died whilst exorcised is spiritually thought-provoking? I could see, perhaps, The Passion of The Christ or The Passion of Joan of Arc.. but not this. This is about as credible as Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Give me a break.

Maybe I hated it because I spent almost six dollars and it was long, dull garbage. Maybe it was Jennifer Carpenter who played Emily Rose, giving me the chills only when I remembered her role in White Chicks. It could have been the morbidly obese cat attacks, or the not-thrilling car accident, or the divine intervention involving clocks and doors and all other stereotypical trash I've seen in every other movie I've ever watched relevant to the "try to scare you but fail" genre. Who knows? But I don't recommend it. Good movies exist and this is not one.

I was amazed to see this movie not get higher reviews from the critics -- though, really, most horror movies don't. I got to see this movie for free (gotta love free passes) on opening day, and wasn't disappointed.

I liked the combination of horror and court-room scenes, and I thought the actress playing Emily Rose did an amazing job not making the thrashing/'epilepsy'/seizure/posession scenes look corny. Emily's parents did a rather poor acting job, but their part was so minimal that it didn't take much away from the movie. Father Moore had a good actor, and Erin's actress did a decent job as well. Emily herself was still easily my favorite part of the movie.

Overall, I thought this movie did a good job of not being ridiculously horror-filled or gory like so many horror movies these days. It was a good telling of a true story.
Living with Mr. Fish, my much maligned roommate, is akin to living with the possessed. Rare is the day when he commits to an action you fully expect... like washing the dishes.

The status quo of Mr. Fish is an indefatigatable proclivity for chaos, childish wonder, and unwelcome surprise. Oh, and he speaks in tongues. I'll get to that in a moment.

In a rare and controversial decision
the local Best Buy recognized
the unabashed geekdom of a 33-year old child named Fish.

He was summarily fired.
That firing played a crucial role
in the events that followed.

I was engaged in a smootch-fest with my girlfriend in the dark stillness of my living room, when -- as you can guess -- I was torn from her lips by the explosive slamming of the front door against the already wounded wall.

Fish enters, grinning ear to ear.

"Dude, I just got myself terminated!"

I cast my death-ray gaze of pure hatred. "Thanks for that, Fish."

"Dude, I got fired."

"Yeah, I heard you." My girlfriend dismounted my leg.

"What happened this time?" she asked Fish.

"I was playing Spliter Cell: Chaos Theory co-op mode with a customer and --"

"And you yelled at him with a smattering of 'fuck you', 'bitch', 'asshole', the c-word, and a bevy of original insults and colorful remarks, right?" Speaking in tongues. There it is.

Fish's eyes drained of color. His shoulders sank. Game. Set. Oh... and match too.

"Jesus-fucking-Christ, man! What the hell are we supposed to do for rent if you're out of a job?!" The fury swelled within me in a vain attempte to exorcise Fish's stupidity.

In a world where movies tagged with the pseudo brand 'based on a true story', it's easy to assume that a true story is the least of what was in the mind's of producers when the film was made. It's possibly what startled me most about the surprisingly non-beefed Hollywood tale of 'The Exorcisim of Emily Rose'.

Co-written and directed and by Scott Derrickson, the film approaches the issue very seriously. Its set-up doesn't allow a surge of scares and scary situations, but that's not to say that there weren't a few authentic and solid scares along the way. A sequence in which Emily's boyfriend awakes to find a jolting discovery will be one to remember for quite some time. It's these early subtle shocks, body contortions and seizure attacks and demonic apparitions, that pack the most weight before the film ventures into the many cliches of the genre. It's whats refreshing about the film, though. It's good old-fashioned filmmaking, which relies on lighting, sound, and camera angles rather than the preposterous CGI effects that doom many of today's horror flicks. You never find yourself entering the movie world of spinning heads and green vomit, the film grounds itself in the natural world. It's a welcome treat, and something that does infact up the level of horror and atmosphere. It (finally) realizes that what you don't see is often much more frightening than anything that can be seen.

'The Exorcism of Emily Rose' also dodges another bullet with its undeniable range of intelligence. Much of the film's success can be attributed to the intense and extensive trial sequences. The 'Law & Order' like set-up may be a first for the genre, but it's the heart of the film. It provides some serious entertainment, and perhaps a satisfying breather in between flashback sequences.

It's not perfect, but this well-acted court room drama still succeeds in sending a chill down your spine and leaving a lingering impression. 'The Exorcisim of Emily Rose' is an intelligent sleeper suspense that delivers when it's appropriate without becoming a nuisance or over-staying its welcome (if you are the one to welcome demonic posessions, that is). It may not be the film that was advertised on television, it's probably better. It could be one of the better films of the year. It could. What you're left with is a perplexing and intriguing film that provokes questions rather than answering them. If you're a fan of the genre, 'Emily Rose' is well worth the price of admission.

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