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The Exorcist Film Review

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

Stars: Linda Blair, Max Von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller

Cert 18

When the Exorcist was originally released 25 years ago it caused outrage and panic to the point that certain people needed counselling after seeing it. Compared to films nowadays it is not actually very violent. It is however a very powerful and scary film which is only let down slightly by the dull beginning sequence set in Iraq.

In Washington DC Regan (Blair) seems like any other pre-teen girl until her behaviour starts to go from unusual to plain neurotic. Her bed shakes, she growls in a demonic voice, and a friend of her mother is found dead, at the bottom of the stairs outside Regan’s window with a rather unusual injury.

The Exorcist

Enter Father Karas (Miller) who after examining the increasingly violent Regan, and hearing her mention his recently deceased mother becomes convinced that Regan is fact possessed. Father Merrin (Von Sydow) is enlisted to carry out an exorcism with the assistance of Karas.

What follows is a brilliantly executed battle of good vs. evil as Merrin and Karas try to drive the spirit of the devil out of Regan’s body. She spits, swears, screams and somehow manages to levitate herself. The amazing thing is that it is all done in such a way as to make it totally believable.

The acting and cinematography are superb making this one of the most realistically terrifying films ever. To compare it to other horror films such as Scream would be unfair, as this is so much more. The Exorcist is undoubtedly a classic, and it is only a shame that the majority of people our age have been unable to see it until now due to the BBFC video ban that is still in place.

Rating: 5/5

The Truman Show – Film Review

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

Starring: Jim Carrey
Cert: PG

On hearing about a new Jim Carrey movie the natural reaction is to avoid it at all costs. However after years of staring in mediocre comedy films he has finally got a part in a movie that is not only clever but very enjoyable to watch.

The Truman Show

Carrey plays Truman Burbank; an ordinary individual who to his great misfortune has had his entire life made into the world’s biggest TV show. At a very young age he watched his father drown which conveniently gave Truman a fear of water. This allowed the show’s creator Christof (Ed Harris) to maroon him on a huge Ireland which is the world’s largest TV set. Christof carefully controls all aspects of life, from the weather to the people that Truman meets.

Truman begins to realise that all is not as it seems when a simple movie-light falls down from the sky. When he decides to break his normal routine the perfectly choreographed world around him starts to fall apart.

This film demonstrates how the press can go too far in the name of entertainment. Truman was thrust into the public view 24 hours a day without the knowledge that he was being watched or without having any chance of leading a normal life.

This without a doubt the most original film of the year and should be up there on your "must see" list.

Rating: 4/5