In this blend of psychological thriller and courtroom drama, Emily Rose (Jennifer Carpenter) is a 19-year-old college student who begins displaying bizarre and troubling behavior; as her actions become increasingly destructive and shocking, Emily begins speaking in strange tongues and destroying religious symbols that surround her. Emily's parents believe that their daughter has become possessed of the devil, and the Catholic Church agrees to authorize an exorcism of the young woman. As Father Moore (Tom Wilkinson) attempts to drive the demons from Emily's body, the girl dies in the midst of the taxing ceremonies, and Father Moore finds himself charged with negligent homicide. Attorney Erin Bruner (Laura Linney) is hired to represent Father Moore against prosecutor Ethan Thomas (Campbell Scott), who intends to prove there were concrete medical explanations for Emily's behaviors, including epilepsy and schizophrenia, all leading to a heated courtroom debate between the notions of faith and science. The Exorcism of Emily Rose was inspired by the real-life story of Anneliese Michel, a young woman from Germany who died in 1976 after priests in Wurzburg spent eight months attempting to exorcise demons from her body.~Mark Deming
For a film from '05 about exorcism and being able to portray a different angle of telling a story through law and order. You have to respect that. The contortions that Jennifer Carpenter put herself through was spectacular acting. All in all a great film to revisit and a worthy purchase.
I want to comment on how the film appears in blu ray. It is absolutely astounding. The 1080p high def picture is crystal clear and the truehd audio will blow you away. This must be viewed with a 5.1 theater system. I have seen this film many times and the clarity in blu ray makes the courtroom scenes seem as if I am watching a play and the actors are in my room. The film does manage to expertly show the progression of Emily Rose's deterioration and if you view it with blu ray and a theater system the sound will have you on the edge of your seat and jumping out of your skin. (Important note, if you watch Dextar, it is great fun to see Jennifer Carpenter as Emily Rose. She is superb.)
Blu ray allows the viewer to see the emotions of the actos much more clearly. Laura Linney is the attorney defending the priest accused of Emily's death and she is at first a self professed agnostic. But the film is largely about how the whole affair affects her. At the end she is very troubled and doesn't know what she is. But her life is totally changed. Even with all the great acting the film in my opinion belongs to Laura Linney and Jennifer Carpenter.
As for the film
THE EXORCIST was a story that had the exorcism and gore galore in the forefront with the story of its characters in the background. THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE is about an exorcism with the strong story in the forefront. This is a 5 star film. We have three of the best actors of this decade - Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson and Scott Campbell. These are hardcore actors and each tackles their role with strong intensity.
If you want a standard B horror film with blood and gore this film is not for you. This film is an insightful, intelligent courtroom drama about a very unique case and it is scary, suspenseful, troubling and dramatic but for different reasons. Excellent film and even if you own the dvd you MUST purchase it on blu ray. It is a demonstration of blu ray at its best.
The nineteen years old Catholic college girl Emily Rose dies a couple of days after being submitted to an exorcism carried out by her parish priest, Father Moore. Emily believed she was possessed by six demons, and although authorized by Emily and he parents, Father Moore is accused of negligent homicide, since he had suggested Emily to interrupt the use of medications for epilepsy. In order to avoid a scandal, the Archdiocese hires the successful, ambitious and agnostic lawyer Erin Bruner, and the prosecution assigns the religious prosecutor Ethan Thomas. Along the days, there is a battle between science and religion in the court. There are some very interesting scenes in this movie, that find ways to express things in subtle and creative ways without spelling them out. And an incredible performance by Jennifer Carpenter. This is not a full-blooded horror movie, but definitely one of the most unsettling, disturbing and thought-provoking dramas, seeing Emily possessed is terrifying. Highly recommended.