i thought this movie was scary, like genuinely frightening. i took it for what it was. i also watch requiem and enjoyed that. both are good in their own way--you just have to enjoy it and not judge it for it's take on moralities.
An original storyline where a courtroom drama retells the story of a possessed girl, a priest and the consequences of her death as the result of the exorcism. The horror aspect is the weakest part of the film. Its filled to the brim with cliches but back in the court room we still root for the priest who is fighting for his life...and the attention of us viewers for caring about it.
A ridiculous, unscary, and worst, boring horror movie dressed up in Law & Order clothes. Certified, award-winning great actors Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, and Jennifer Carpenter class up this piece of shit a little, but in all honesty, it's a wannabe thinking man's horror flick. Its great paradox is that it doesn't let you think. At all.
Despite the fact that the film was too weak, there was an exorcism scene which was directed really great.
There was a message beyond the film which I guess was socially harmful, the possibility of interpreting psychological phenomena as religious experiences. I'm totally against that and don't like it to be spread out even as a secondary point of view in a film.
As much as it stands out as an exorcism movie - both because it's formulated in alternation between a courtroom drama and a horror movie and because the real story is as tragic as described -, that's not enough to make it a surpassing movie.
More of a courtroom drama than a horror, despite the way it was advertised. Jennifer Carpenter, as expected, gives a raw and intense performance, but Laura Linney is really the star of the show since almost the entire movie takes place in the courtroom.