(Thanks to felecofcornwall, a reader of the SearchIndia.com blog, for recommending The Exorcism of Emily Rose.)
With bulging eyes and dropping jaws we watched The Exorcism of Emily Rose (directed by Scott Derrickson & starring Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson and Jennifer Carpenter) on our television set this morning.
A work of extraordinary beauty, The Exorcism of Emily Rose is the beautifully crafted tale of a 19-year-old young girl Emily Rose (Jennifer Carpenter) who falls victim to demonic dark forces that take over her body (or maybe suffering from epilepsy), the exorcism done to drive out the demons, her suffering, eventual death and the trial of her priest Father Richard Moore (Tom Wilkinson).
Based on a true story, Emily Rose speaks to us – and the jurors, of course – from the grave through the voice of Father Moore, who is on trial for negligent homicide in the young woman’s death:
In the end, good will triumph over evil.
The realm of the spirit is real.
Through my experience, people will know that demons are real.
People say that God is dead.
But how can they think that if I show them the devil.
Besides the powerful story and screenplay, the highlights of The Exorcism of Emily Rose are fine performances by the trio of Laura Linney (who plays Father Moore’s lawyer Erin Bruner), Tom Wilkinson and Jennifer Carpenter.
Of the three, it was Tom Wilkinson who impressed us the most as the priest devout in his faith and hell-bent about getting on the stand to tell Emily’s story.
The narrative never sags even for a moment as Emily’s story is narrated in flashback in the course of the trial and interspersed with brief court room scenes and prison cell visits by the lawyer to see her client.
While the exorcism scene, initially in the room and later in the stable, is well executed, it’s not one that’ll scare the bejesus out of you. But then Emily Rose is really not a horror film in the strict sense though some have mischaracterized it as such.
Apart from the court room scenes, much of the movie is filmed in the dark under low lighting, a technique that adds to the allure of this dark movie.
Personally, we think all these tales of possession by demons are hooey.
But that’s besides the point because irrespective of whether Emily’s problem is auditory and visual hallucination (psychotic epileptic disorder is the term the prosecution uses in the movie to describe the girl’s condition) or the work of dark forces, you can’t help but be impressed by this fine movie.
So, no matter whether you are a man of faith or a man of facts contemptuous of demons, whether Emily Rose was killed by the demons or priestly negligence, it doesn’t matter because you are sure to enjoy The Exorcism of Emily Rose for its gripping story and the entertaining drama that unfolds on the screen.
If you live in the U.S., you can get The Exorcism of Emily Rose from Netflix or Blockbuster. Outside the U.S., this fine movie should surely be available at your local DVD rental store.