Grace: The Pos­ses­sion

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2014 | 15 | DVD

Grace ( Alexia

Fast) is a shel­tered teenage girl whose re­li­gious up­bring­ing makes for one hell of a cul­ture shock when she gets to uni­ver­sity. Es­pe­cially since Grace is pos­sessed by a de­mon.

It’s a clichéd premise, but direc­tor Jeff Chan does have one trick up his sleeve: the film is shot in the first per­son, the story told through Grace’s in­creas­ingly un­re­li­able POV.

There’s scope for a re­ally orig­i­nal take on old tropes, but in­stead, the quirky con­ceit is just a crutch prop­ping up a dull ( and oc­ca­sion­ally of­fen­sive) story. There are too many mir­ror scares, and ev­ery author­ity fig­ure in the movie is mo­ronic be­yond be­lief. Poor Lin Shaye brings her best crazy face as Grace’s strict grand­mother, but she’s wast­ing her time try­ing to make this fun.

None. Sarah Dobbs

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