A thrilling horror film about a lawyer (Linney), who takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest (Wilkinson) who performed an exorcism on a young girl.
Director: Scott Derrickson
Writers: Paul Harris Boardman, Scott Derrickson
Stars: Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, Shohreh Aghdashloo
I’m surprised at how much I actually enjoyed this movie. So many of the exorcism type movies are pretty much exactly the same thing and I find it hard to stay interested. I’m not sure if it was because the girl who played Emily was the chick who played Deb in Dexter or what, but I really enjoyed it.
I haven’t researched how much of this movie is true, as it’s supposedly based on a true story, but I plan to do so as soon as I have time. We all know how much “based on a true story” can fluctuate and be manipulated to suit their needs. The case presented in the movie was really interesting and makes you think about the differences between mental disorders and possible possession (if you believe in that sort of thing). Many of the symptoms of schizophrenia are similar to those of possession so if possession is possible, I wonder how many misdiagnoses have occurred throughout history in both directions.
I do believe The Exorcism of Emily Rose is worth watching. Most exorcism movies make me feel like I’ve wasted 2 hours of my life that I’ll never get back. It’s nice to find one that didn’t make me feel that way.