Wednesday, September 12, 2012

40. The Possession (2012)

Title:        The Possession 
Year:        2012
Supernatural Thriller 
Type:        A-Movie
Run Time: 92





Based on a true story, The Possession is a terrifying tale of how one family must unite in order to survive the wrath of an unspeakable evil. Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Kyra Sedgwick) see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em's behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.
Alternative Synopsis
Personal Thoughts

The Possession (starring Natasha CalisJeffrey Dean Morgan, and Kyra Sedgwick) is a supernatural horror thriller -- directed by Ole Bornedal and co-produced by Sam Raimi -- that was released in the US (theatrically) on August 31, 2012. 

Just to give a quick summary of the plot; It's basically about a young girl who becomes possessed after unleashing a malicious spirit from an antique box. The movie is said to be based on the true story of the allegedly haunted Dybbuk Box.

The television series Paranormal Witness also did an episode called "The Dybbuk Box" which aired Wednesday, August 29 of this year (season 2 episode 4). 

For more information on the real-life story which is said to be the inspiration for The Possession film, please visit the following link:

So my wife and I spent the day out for her birthday (which included a romantic walk in the park, shopping, dinner and a movie). Following a wonderful meal at her favorite sit-down restaurant, we decided to cap the day off with a trip to the theater to see The Possession (per her request). 

Since it was my wife's birthday, and my wife's movie selection (she really wanted us to see The Possession for her birthday), I thought it would be be fitting to let her write the review. She willingly obliged. So without further ado;

When I first saw the trailer for The Possession, I said to myself "Is that the dude from No Country For Old Men or is it the guy from Supernatural?" I always get those two mixed up. Regardless, I found the trailer to be very interesting. In fact, it was so interesting to me that I immediately became hooked and committed to seeing it on the first day of its arrival (August 31). You see, I'm a sucker for these types of films, and there's nothing like a good "Possession" movie to kick start the Fall season. 

Remind me never to pick up any antique boxes from yard sales. Word of advice, if you see a box that looks like the one from this movie, say no thanks and simply walk away!

Well, without saying too much and spoiling the movie for anyone who hasn't seen it, I'll say that I thought it was a pretty good movie -- not great but better than I was expecting. like my husband, I love suspense, tone and atmosphere (good music and good scenery). These type of things usually set the mood for me. Needless to say, The Possession definitely doesn't disappoint when it comes to atmosphere. Being a huge fan of Halloween and the fall season, another thing I liked about the movie was that it was set in New York (I'm from New York), a state where you can experience some of the coziest and most beautiful autumns imaginable (colorful leaves, and the smell of chimneys/burning firewood). 

In any event, the movie starts off pretty intensely, but quickly settles into more of a slower pace storyline, which isn't uncommon for these types of films. Though the movie did manage to hold my interest from beginning to end, there definitely are a few slow parts, that (fortunately for the person who bores easily) don't last very long

I also thought the acting was good. Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie (Kyra Sedgwick) do a great job playing a separated and bickering couple well on the brink of divorce. Their relationship felt believable and authentic to me. The young girls also do a great job.

Is The Possession Scary?

If you ask my husband, his answer will probably be no -- but if you're asking me, my answer is yes! I'd be lying if I told you I was able to keep my eyes open for the entire movie. Truth is, there were several times where I found myself burrowing my face into my husbands shoulder (I don't like things jumping out at me). There's no question about it, this movie has a few scary parts that may have some girls covering their eyes and holding on to their man for dear life. I of course, was one of those girls.

In closing, The Possession was a great and entertaining finish to my very wonderful ??th birthday. It was fun, it was interesting, and it was visually striking. Though the movie is a far cry from perfection and can easily be accused of lacking originality, it was still a pretty good movie in my opinion, one definitely suitable for a date night (assuming he or she likes scary movies). If you're a fan of PG-13 ghost movies, then you probably won't have much trouble enjoying this one.

What I liked:

- The suspense 
- The ambience and atmosphere
- The acting
- The fact that it was set in New York

What I didn't like:

- The ending was decent but not great
- Some will be disappointed over the fact that the film offers very little originality (its all been done before)
My Ratings

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The Possession Extras:

The Possession (2012) Wikipedia
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