The Possession stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick as divorced parents with Natasha Calis and Madison Davenport playing their daughters.
When their youngest daughter (Calis) becomes strangely obsessed with an antique wooden box, her parents see little cause for alarm but their daughter starts to become increasingly unstable, leading the couple to fear the presence of a malevolent force. And to their horror, they learn exactly what it is they and their kids are up agains. And it ain't pretty.
The film came out in 2012 and is directed by Ole Bornedal, whose resume includes Nightwatch, 1864, Small Town Killers and I am Dina. The film got a 5.6/10 on IMDb while Rotten Tomatoes scored it at 40%.
I caught the film on the Syfy channel, but that took nothing from it. The Possession does not really cover much new ground, where a box is bought at a yard sale, a child hears a voice from inside it, she manages to open it and the fun kicks in from there.
The film has a rather conventional spin, but if you like Morgan or Sedgwick, that makes it more digestible. Especially when you watch Morgan playing an everyday divorced father looking for normality in an disheveled life.
Bornedal pretty much takes the safe road, with most scares starting out subtle then slowly building up, but to see fingers reaching out from a throat was kind of cool.
To be honest, the film does not suck. It's constructed well enough to be able to appreciate the story and not be totally bored, but if you're looking for something to be wowed about, this isn't it. But hey, if it comes up on your TV schedule, you don't have to run from it.
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