With Jennifer Carpenter, Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, Campbell Scott
Directed by Scott Derrickson

One would think that after Blatty & Friedkin's
The Exorcist any attempts at venturing into this territory would be futile in its shadow. But, this fascinating film is based on true events of a girl Anneliese Michel who was officially declared as being demonically possessed by the Catholic church. She died during an exorcism and the priest overseeing it was charged. With obvious alterations and a shift Stateside it is a well constructed, tense and often damn scary movie. The parallel tale is told via a court case where the accused priest stands trial. Besides good vs. evil, it becomes a matter of belief and faith against science and pragmatic facts. The lawyer of the priest is hardly a believer but soon things that cannot be ignored start to permeate her realm. The flashbacks slowly, effectively and shockingly reveal the events leading to the girl's death. Well acted and directed, this is well worth watching.

5 / B
- PB

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5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
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A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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