The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) – The 3 A.M. Challenge

I studied in the literature about modernism and post-modernism, especially in the United States, arguing in an endless circle. They assume that something it’s not real or related to the supernatural doesn’t exist. This post-modernism thought has always mocking these things while modernism has a strong belief in the existence of God and demons. Around us, they are all there. However, we just can’t feel it.

The countries that have a strong view of beliefs are one of them, namely Indonesia, especially for the local residents. It’s possible if something supernatural is just ordinary for them. There is an existence like an exorcism where cases like this are often handled depending on the culture of the country. Americans, on the other hand, would consider this a common sense. This case is just a mental disorder or other psychological diseases.

“The Exorcism of Emily Rose” is about Jennifer Carpenter as Emily Rose, you guess it, is a young girl. When she died, everyone blamed Tom Wilkinson as Father Moore for his healing as the exorcism. Prior to her death, the police arrested him on suspicion of murder. Trial begins with lawyer Laura Linney as Erin Bruner representing Moore. But, it’s not easy for herself. As no one wants to believe what Father Moore says was true. This story was inspired by a true story.

The most used setting is the courtroom besides this is a horror film, also a drama courtroom with the supernatural genre. There are so many, many films like this today. You can at least say such as “The Conjuring”, “Insidious”, and “The Nun”. Before that, there were “The Shining” and “The Exorcist”. People always say both of them as one of the most horrific horror movies ever. This courtroom drama horror combine two different nuances. The director tells the plot not really focuses on Emily Rose. But, what the writer and director want to convey. Erin Bruner is a strong character when it comes to belief. Her character development, at first, doesn’t trust supernatural anything. And she is a gentle person and more sympathetic to Emily Rose from a different perspective.

On the other hand, Campbell Scott as Ethan Thomas is an overturned vice verse. The way he cornered the suspect really had a ball. He has physical evidence that really exists in contrast to Bruner and Moore who rely more on religious beliefs. Ethan is not the bad guy in this courtroom drama along with people who witnessed the debate. They are really understanding one to another but his character and views are running properly. The scene when he cornered Father Moore to show a proof in Emily Rose speaking in various languages. Ethan broke the proof in a logical way. However, these views eventually lead to the viewers’ answer want. Does Emily Rose die because of being possessed? Does Emily Rose die from a mental, epileptic, or other disorder?

The story is flow, running continuously but there is a transition between flashback and current events. At first, we don’t know who this was and who just died. Emily Rose is the main core of the story. She was a college student with a bright life, education, intelligence, and have many friends. But, why is a powerful demonic power possessed him? In fact, she is just a good person. Jennifer Carpenter’s performance is killing it. It’s one of the most terrifying performances in a horror movie. She is terrifying originally an innocent woman and suddenly became one of the most terrifying. The farm scene was my favorite.

Scott Derrickson was quite inspired by Darren Aronofsky. One scene reminds me of “The Passion of Joan of Arc”. Every time he takes the shot, it’s not really dark but more to a gloomy impression. In short, it’s a cliche horror movie. There was so many silence but there was also a commotion when it came to the exorcism scene. There is a lot of touching quotes in this movie about religious beliefs. When you embrace a different belief, you definitely admit that it’s very emotional. Father Moore said: “People say that God is dead, but how can they think that if they show them the Devil?” And that’s how I speechless listen to the quote.

While this is just a cliche horror movie, it’s not really bad at all. Emily Rose was on that inspired by many people and makes a mindset, not to just one point of view. And is this film also inspired by the 3 AM challenge? Might also be. Jennifer Carpenter is one of the best in these points. “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” takes many cliches as an exorcism movie but is also a drama courtroom full of tension.

3.5 out of 5 stars.

Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.

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