If you expect some spine-chilling scenes that will make you pop out of your couch while watching “The Possession”, then you are mistaken. This movie is not about chills and thrills. It is surprising, but I did not even have nightmares after seeing the film. The movie is based on a true story. It is realistic and the scenes are refined to the scope of actual events that take place in our lives.
It begins at a slow pace and gradually boils down to the drifting relationships in a family. Clyde Brenek and Stephanie Brenek are a married couple who plan to divorce. Jeffrey Dean Morgan has played the role of Clyde and Kyra Sedgwick has acted the role of Stephanie. It is evident that Clyde has failed to gain the love and respect of his daughters Hannah and Emily. Clyde eyes on his career the most and his job is to coach college students to play basket ball. He plans to coach a team in North Carolina.
One day during the weekend, Clyde and his two daughters make a visit to a yard sale where Emily chances upon a weird appearing box without any seams. It appears carved on all sides. The three of them take the box home and try to open it. That’s when they find out that the box cannot be opened and whoever designed the box didn’t want it to be opened. Somehow Emily manages to open it up and she finds dead insects and certain strange things inside. That’s when circumstances change and unexpected events happen in the family.
Emily loses control over herself and she starts behaving in an unusual way. She misbehaves with anyone who tries to take the box away from her. Clyde is perplexed. He agreed to buy the box as Emily was always attached to him and she loved him a lot. However there’s a turn of events when the previous owner of the box decides to take possession of it. Emily reacts violently. Little does she realize that her life has been taken control by the demon.
During the initial stages Clyde and Stephanie are under the impression that Emily is acting weirdly just because she is in her adolescent stages. She goes to the extent of stabbing her father with a knife and even violently clings on to the box when one of her classmates tries to take it away from her. To top it, certain unusual insects begin infesting their new house. Jay Brazeau who plays the role of Clyde’s friend has contributed to the humor in certain scenes.
In spite of crawly scenes that have been beautifully shot, the movie has failed to create the overall impact of an original horror movie. In a nut shell, there are creepy moments but there could have been more. It was of course mixed with emotions that quivered me in certain scenes. The film starts at a slow pace comprising of normal events which occur in the family. Then there is a gradual turn of events which turn out to be eerie. If you are still apprehensive about watching the film, take a look at the trailer available online.
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