THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE
Debating Supernatural Manifestations
Release Date: September 09, 2005
Starring: Tom Wilkinson, Laura Linney,
Campbell Scott, Jennifer
Carpenter, Shohreh Aghdashloo,
Colm Feore, and Duncan Fraser
Genre: Supernatural Horror
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 115 minutes
Distributor: Screen Gems/Sony Pictures
Director: Scott Derrickson
Executive Producer: Andre Lamal, David McIlvain,
Terry McKay, and Julie Yorn
Producer: Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg,
Paul Harris Boardman, Beau
Flynn, and Tripp Vinson
Writer: Scott Derrickson and Paul
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Against her better judgment, Erin defends Father Moore by presenting evidence as if Emily Rose may have really been possessed. By doing so, however, she has to counter the medical arguments of the prosecuting attorney, played by Campbell Scott, who presents evidence that Emily Rose was actually suffering from epileptic seizures. The prosecutor argues that, when Father Moore convinced Emily Rose to stop taking a drug to stop her seizures and hallucinations, the lack of the drug just made things worse. In desperation, Erin calls Father Moore to the stand to tell Emily's story from his own point of view.
THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE is scary and dramatically compelling, despite the potentially hokey chestnut of having flashbacks at a trial be the focus of the story. Credit must go to the talented cast and the atmospheric exposition, which includes some impressive cinematography. Tom Wilkinson gives a powerful, positive portrayal of a strong, compassionate and thoughtful Christian leader. Laura Linney and Campbell Scott are also outstanding as the two lead attorneys.
The scenes of demonic possession and exorcism are too scary for impressionable moviegoers, especially children and young teenagers. The good news is that they are realistically done and don't include the kind of outlandish effects that more sensational exorcism movies have had. Also, the movie has a strong Christian worldview, in a Roman Catholic setting. Characters quote Scripture and refer to Jesus Christ, but there are scenes involving a vision that Emily has of the Virgin Mary, who reveals an important secret to Emily and Father Moore.
Mitigating the movie's Christian references is talk about science versus faith. Scientific, humanist explanations are offered to much of Emily's experiences, but the movie usually does a good job of giving a solid pro-Christian interpretation. In the end, however, the defense attorney offers an emotional reason for acquitting the priest. Thus, although the movie seems to side with the Christian view of the priest, it leaves some room for doubt, especially at the end. Unlike other exorcism movies, however, THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE does not give too much power to demonic forces. The movie eventually suggests that God is ultimately in control. It does so in a way, however, that will make viewers think about and discuss the issues presented in the story.
THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE is very scary and dramatically compelling. Credit must go to the talented cast and the atmospheric exposition. The scary scenes are too scary for children and young teenagers, however, but they are realistically done and don't include the kind of outlandish effects that more sensational exorcism movies contain. Also, the movie has a strong Christian worldview, in a Roman Catholic setting, but it leaves some room for doubt. Tom Wilkinson gives a powerful performance of a strong and compassionate Christian leader.