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The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

Cast: Laura Linney, Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, more...
Director: Scott Derrickson, Scott Derrickson
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Genre: Horror
Running Time: 122 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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In this blend of psychological thriller and courtroom drama, Emily Rose (Jennifer Carpenter) is a 19-year-old college student who begins displaying bizarre and troubling behavior; as her actions become increasingly destructive and shocking, Emily begins speaking in strange tongues and destroys religious symbols that surround her. Emily's parents believe that their daughter has become possessed of the devil, and the Catholic Church agrees to authorize an exorcism of the young woman. As Father Moore (Tom Wilkinson) attempts to drive the demons from Emily's body, the girl dies in the midst of the taxing ceremonies, and Father Moore finds himself charged with negligent homicide. Attorney Erin Brunner (Laura Linney) is hired to represent Father Moore against prosecutor Ethan Thomas (Campbell Scott), who intends to prove there were concrete medical explanations for Emily's behaviors, including epilepsy and schizophrenia, all leading to a heated courtroom debate between the notions of faith and science. The Exorcism of Emily Rose was inspired by the real-life story of Annaliese Michel, a young woman from Germany who died in 1976 after priests in Wurzburg spent eight months attempting to exorcise demons from her body. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Hooey by talltale January 11, 2006 - 7:28 AM PST
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Platefuls of hooey served up with a shovel, THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE is, if nothing else, a touchstone that shows how moviemaking skills have declined in the 33 years since "The Exorcist" hit theatres. One of the cost-to-return hits of this past fall season, the movie also demonstrates how mass audience taste has plummeted. Friedkin's earlier film was truly frightening and also encompassed, however strong or lacking might have been the faith of the viewer, some thought and feeling about religion. "Emily Rose," on the other hand, is neither scary nor religious; it just flails about, trying to create shivers (and a saint) out of its secondhand story, dialog, atmosphere and special effects.

Wonderful actors like Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson and Campbell Scott trudge dutifully on, doing their best against the mediocrity. Scott, who plays what comes closest to the villain here (unless you'd include the unseen Satan) is reduced at times to the level of sneering and twirling his mustache. As the prosecuting attorney, he does offer the best line: On what grounds, the judge asks, is Scott objecting to the defense's line of questioning? "Because it's SILLY," he explains--capturing the entire movie in a single word.

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