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Thursday, September 15, 2005

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

The Exorcism of Emily Rose is a new film based on a true account of a woman who is deemed to be demon possessed by the Catholic church. Something goes wrong in the course of her exorcisms and she dies. The priest who was performing the rites then faces trial. I haven't seen it yet, so I cannot comment much directly on it. But the reviews have been intriguing, though quite mixed.

Blogger Darrell at Southern Conservative loved it and recommends that all Christians go see it. Go here to Christianity Today for an overview of reviewer opinions.

Have you seen it and what did you think?

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Carl said...

I did see it and was quite impressed with the script, direction, acting and over-all the effort to tell the story. The actress who played Emily Rose was so convincing you might think that she was possessed. In obvious comparisons to "The Exorcist" I would say this film was more terrifying as it left more to the imagination and didn't rely a lot upon special effects. The only disappointment for me was the reference later in the film to the Virgin Mary, extolling her almost to the point of co-Redeemer. Though there was references to Christ when the exorcism was being performed, on average there was far more reference to the R.C. view of Mariolatry. BTW, here's a link to the real story of the real "Emily Rose," a young woman
in Germany:

The Cubicle Reverend said...

I am warry of any "christian" movie getting so much hype. I take christian expression in the arts very seriously and fee we more often than not come up wanting.

Darrell said...

After I saw the film, I read the real story of Annelise Michel and I was a little bummed out to see that the real story isn't as decidedly pro-Christian and as ultimately positive as the version of the story told by the movie. I think I should qualify my praise of the film somewhat... it's not for everyone, and the story is certainly fanciful, but the story presented in the movie is ultimately about the power and importance of faith in the face of overwhelming evil, and I found it very moving. I'd like to see it again before I review it, but I don't think that's going to work out, so I'll post a review at our film review site this week sometime. Thanks for the mention!

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