THE POSSESSION tells the tale of a little girl named Em (NATASHA CALIS) who buys an ugly wooden box at a yard sale and gets taken over by a demon that was trapped inside it. Before making her purchase, Em looks inside a window and sees a woman lying on a bed, bandaged head to toe, frantically shaking her head and pleading with her eyes, while her wailing warning of, "No!" is muffled by the glass. This scene is both totally creepy and completely hilarious to me.
CANDYMAN-like aerial shots, which I dig because I imagine they signify God looking down upon the happenings in total apathy.
JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN as dad Clyde is hyper-sympathetic and who is this MATISYAHU fellow? Apparently he's known as "The Hasidic Reggae Superstar." Anyway, I thought he really brought something unique as the Rabbi who the family turns to for help. He's so unaffected and counter Hollywood that he added an almost seventies vibe. He and MORGAN click well together and it's always nice to see such relatable folks on screen. KYRA SEDGWICK has her work cut out for not coming off as a joy killing drag and she succeeds well, particularly when she and her ex giggle through home movies representing happier days. The kids are fine too and don't delve into the obnoxious zone they easily could have. In fact this ensemble could have been trusted to carry the weight of the film a little bit more. For example, there's a scene where Mom confronts Em in her dark kitchen and we view the kid's face distorted through well placed glass jars and it's way more eerily effective than any of the less natural CGI manipulations to come.
THE POSSESSION doesn't seem confident enough in itself to blaze more of its own trail because when it leans toward its own path it walks taller. I'm also taking off points for never showing the raccoon that invades the kitchen in CGI form or otherwise. See, there is a message for all of us here! Follow your individual strengths and never skimp on the raccoons!