The Possession of Michael King

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As the title states, this is a story of possession. However, it is anything but run of the mill. Michael King is a non-believer and after the death of his wife goes out of his way to prove that there is no supernatural. He endeavours to do what ever it takes to prove that there is no such thing as God or the Devil and as a film maker he will record all that he undertakes with the help of his friend. As we soon see, he finds more than enough proof that there is more to life than what we can see.

The idea behind this movie is brilliant and a refreshing change from the usual possession stories. Michael King undertakes so many bizarre ceremonies of supposed possession, both by himself and at the hands of ‘professionals’ and he of course does become possessed. One may ask, “Why on Earth would anyone want to do that?” but it is explained very well and this grief-stricken man makes it all seem so plausible. The scenes are shot very well, so those that despise shaky camera work will be happy. After all, Michael King and his assistant are both professional film makers, so it makes sense that they would use the best equipment and know how to shoot the best scenes.

The darkness that seeps into the main character’s world is truly horrific. There were some scenes that made me feel so very uncomfortable. There is a scene where his sister is sleeping and he goes into her room. There isn’t anything obviously scary about it, as there aren’t any supernatural special effects, but still there is just something so inherently wrong with it. Some people may not like the ending, but I like the direction it went in and it was a fitting conclusion. This is a polished movie that kept my attention the whole way through.

 

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