For the most part, ‘The Possession” looks like an upgraded version of the 1973 horror classic “The Exorcist”. Fans of the latter will definitely see and feel the familiarity, and the plot may look like a cliché, but “Possession” offers a bit more.
“The Possession” follows the story of a broken family who faced the wrath of a demonic force who took over the body of a 10-year old Emil,y (Natasha Calis). Clyde, (Jeffrey dean Morgan), a basketball coach who is recently dealing with a divorce with his ex-wife Stephanie (Kyra Sedgewick), and their tween daughter Hannah ( Madison Davenport) must unite altogether as a family in order to fight and face the unspeakable evil.
The plot is simple: Clyde, together with his two daughters Em and Hannah goes to a neighboring yard sale and the younger Em finds a creepy-looking wooden box and takes it home. Now you definitely know that buying this crap is a big mistake. And the quite annoying Emily makes another mistake: By opening the box. Pretty soon, strange things start happening: moths are invading their new house. Emily’s attitude starts to change drastically, deaths, accidents,etc. It turns out, a ‘Dybbuk’- a Jewish folklore creature, is actually inside the box. and this evil creature finds the perfect host in the form of Emily.
To battle this demonic presence inside Em’s body, Clyde travels all the way to Brooklyn, to find the answers and ask help from these old rabbis. As luck turns out, a fearless and young Hasid (played by Matisyahu) offers help to fight this diabolical force.
For fans of this particular genre-then this movie is a must see. While comparisons to other flicks that offer “a young girl possessed by the demon” plot will eventually occur, it is pretty undeniable that ‘Possessed’ tops them all with some of its own factors. Aside from being scary (You have to keep your eyes open to the MRI scene-VERY DISTURBING!), the movie is very entertaining from start to finish. The special effects-with a little help from CGI experts- are quite convincing as well. I give this film 3.5 stars out of 5. *Contains violent and disturbing scenes.