Review: The Possession

Horror and supernatural movies don’t come along as often as the chick flicks that you’ll no doubt find in theaters. So when I saw the trailer for “The Possession,” I thought I was in for another film like “The Exorcist” or “The Exorcism of Emily Rose.”

We follow Em and her father, and the trouble starts when Em gets a Jewish wooden box. Em’s behavior starts to change, and as time goes by she becomes more possessed. Her father realizes some unnatural force must be causing it. He seeks more information, including how to perform a Jewish exorcism.

The film takes a while to pick up the pace. When it did show some action, it wasn’t too violent. Most of the supernatural violent scenes are shot showing shadows and sounds. And that’s understandable for a movie with a PG-13 rating. It did have its moments when the supernatural events occurred.

For a film in the horror/supernatural genre, I think it fell short. There was not enough momentum and intensity to thrill the audience. Honestly, it was more of a comedy than a scary movie (though it was definitely unintentional). The only OMG, tension-filled moments were carried by the soundtrack. It created an eerie atmosphere throughout and was the underlining reminder that I was, indeed, watching a scary movie.

All in all, this film is just OK for a 90-minute, PG-13 film. But don’t expect it to be anything like any previous supernatural films you may have seen.

The Possession (US release: 31-August-12)

Rating: 5/10

–Britany Rivera

Image © Lionsgate

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