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The Exorcism of Emily Rose
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 Rating: 2 Stars

Based on a real tragedy: the death of a young German woman in the early '70s in the course of an exorcism. Emily, a 19-year-old farm girl who began having strange visions and convulsions while away at university and was diagnosed as a psychotic epileptic.

The movie begins with the arrival of a coroner (sort of like Father Merrin in The Exorcist, btw excellent movie). Father Moore is soon arrested for allowing Emily Rose to both waste away and tear herself apart.

Father Moore is to be represented by Erin Bruner, a legal ladder-climber who informs him matter-of-factly that she's taking the case to earn a senior partnership at her firm.

Let's look at the cons:

  1. There is no exorcism in it at all.
  2. Has very little to do with Emily Rose
  3. And the entire movie practically takes place in a court room.
Ok here's a part that was disturbing: Gambutrol, the medication Emily was taking to prevent her "epileptic seizures" according to one witness interfered with the exocism and assisted in her death.

Now how lame is that?

The Exorcism of Emily Rose in no way pushes the envelope, and while there are some chilling moments during her demon-induced cat scratching hissing fits, they're few and far between.

Director Scott Derrickson failed at creating a thought provoking motion picture, instead he's managed to cough up a disappointing Exorcist ripoff! *How sad.