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 destroying 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 Bruner (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 Anneliese 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, Rovi
An instense suspenseful thriller. Its highly suggested you keep the lights on watching this movie. A great blend of horror and courtroom drama. Highly recommended. Stellar performances are given by all actors. Linney is convincing as the defense attorney. Wilkinson protrays a sincere man of the cloth, and Carpenter's performance as the tortured and possessed Emily is heart-wrenching and haunting.
This movie was boring and showed too much of the court scenes. I gave it an extra half of a star because I liked how it looked at the girl from both sides of the coin (medical vs spiritual). Nothing will EVER match The Exorcist...my all time favorite horro flick. Go Pazuzu and Captain Howdy.
Platefuls of hooey served with a shovel, THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE if nothing else, shows how moviemaking skills & audience taste have declined since "The Exorcist" hit theatres. Friedkin's film was frightening & encompassed, however strong/lacking might have been the faith of the viewer, some thought & feeling about religion. "Emily Rose," on the other hand, is neither scary nor religious; it just flails about, trying to create shivers (& a saint) out of its secondhand story, dialog, atmosphere & special effects. Wonderful actors like Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson & Campbell Scott trudge on, doing their best against the mediocrity. Scott, who plays the sort-of villain here (unless you include the unseen Satan) is reduced to near sneering & 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 its SILLY," he explains--capturing the entire movie in a single word.
I loved this movie. I didn't think it would be as good as it was. I was expecting a scary movie, like the earlier makes of this but this one was sooo much better. I rarely recommend movies but I always recommend this one
This film really wasnt that bad that it couldn't have been a made for TV feature on WB or SciFi Channel. I can remember when they played the real tapes of Anna Exorcism on the TV news, I only wished they could have used those tapes and played that back in the film! That was literally frightnening and I would think that the tapes will eventually surface on the NET. At least we hope.
As for scary there is one great scene that I give big props, the one big scary scene involves the cover art of the DVD case. That scene alone is worth the time to queue it up. Other than that, I don't think there were other scenes that had impacted me more than that one. I waited to see a possessed girls face appear from the clouds (it would have made this film legendary).
I dont think its going to stand in the same aisle as The Exorcist as an all-time classic, because it will not be oscar worthy. And it didnt grip 10 million people to the panic and psychosis The Exorcist did.
This movie wasn't that scary...it was just creepy because you know it's based on a true story! It just confirms that there are evil demons that can posesse your body..I love the court room drama as well...if your into true storys like I am then rent this movie you won't be disappointed!
I was really surprised with this one, it wasn't all heads twisting and throw-up, this was more of a court room drama and the story unfolds from there. I really thought it was well acted and I would recommend this one.
this movie is scary i mean scary if you have seen no good scary movies lately this is the one to see i loved it it makes you jump and is creepy this is that one movie to watch if you and your girlfriend hang out she will be in your arms at mostly halfway through it kept me up half the night scared it was a good movie
Worth watching. Not amazing by any means, and obviously I'm not going to go down the Exorcist comparison road, but Emily Rose was a decent Law and Order episode wrapped in an Exorcism story that presented itself in a way that you could actually find yourself believing for a few minutes if you so desire. The special effects left a bit to be desired, but there are so few of them and they weren't terrible enough to detract from the movie as a whole.
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