The Possession

The Possession (2012)

  • Director: Ole Bornedal
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  • Genre: Horror, Thriller
  • Country: USA, Canada
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A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.

Critic Reviews

Like "The Exorcist," the best film in the genre, it is inspired by some degree of religious scholarship and creates believable characters in a real world. That religions take demonic possessions seriously makes them more fun for us, the unpossessed.
— Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)
Didn't Like
The Possession attempts to breathe new life into a creaky old subgenre by taking its exorcist and demon from Jewish mythology, but even this backfires: The casting of Jewish reggae star Matisyahu would be distracting even if he weren't introduced singing softly to himself.
— Nathan Rabin (The A.V. Club)