Friday, August 31, 2012
The Possession Movie Review
The Possession Shockya Movie Review, Written by: Karen Benardello Director: Ole Bornedal (‘The Substitute’) Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan (‘Watchmen,’ TV’s ‘Supernatural’), Kyra Sedgwick (TV’s ‘The Closer’), Natasha Calis (TV’s ‘The Firm’) and Madison Davenport (TV’s ‘Shameless’) One of the most relentlessly persistent fears among people is the religious belief that their bodies can be possessed by an evil spirit determined to take over their lives to carry out its own evil plan. When a seemingly ordinary box has the power to unleash the powerful entity, innocent people’s lives are automatically put in danger. Such a threat was discovered in 2004 by Los Angeles Times journalist Leslie Gornstein, when she found what was described as an authentic Dibbuk Box on eBay. The box serves as the inspiration for the new horror thriller ‘The Possession.’ The film showcases the horrifying effects evil spirits can have on an entire family, instead of just the intended victim. ‘The Possession’ follows the newly divorced Clyde (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (portrayed by Kyra Sedgwick), who separated in part because of his obsessive dedication to his basketball coaching job. The two initially see little cause for alarm when their younger teenage daughter, Em (played by Natasha Calis), becomes obsessed with an antique wooden box she bought at a yard sale. But as her behavior becomes increasingly erratic, Clyde and Stephanie, along with their older daughter Hannah (portrayed by Madison Davenport), fear the presence of a malevolent force in their midst. After consulting with Professor McMannis (played by Jay Brazeau) and Tzadok (portrayed by Matisyahu), the son of a Hasidic rabbi, Clyde realizes that Em’s box was built to contain a Dibbuk. The dislocated spirit is determined to inhabit and devour Em, so Clyde must convince Stephanie that they must do whatever it takes to defeat the Dibbuk. Screenwriters Juliet Snowden and Stiles White took a drastic and daring approach to the subject of Dibbuks in ‘The Possession’ by creating a modern story that features the typical human host for the malevolent presence. Em was the perfect choice to be drawn to the box and become a target for the Dibbuk, as the typical human host is usually a vulnerable young woman with a certain weakness. Em hasn’t been able to accept her parents’ divorce and the split of her family as well as Hannah has, as she doesn’t understand why Clyde and Stephanie can’t work out their differences. The Dibbuk perfectly targeted Em’s vulnerabilities and insecurities about her separated family in order to enter the human world. To continue reading this review, please visit Shockya.
Posted by karenbenardello at 9:09 AM