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The Chosen

USA 2015
produced by
Joe Dain, Jim Klock, Miles Fineburg, Peter Schafer (executive), Marc Hustvedt (executive), Max Benator (executive) for Terror Films, Supergravity Pictures
directed by Ben Jehoshua
starring Kian Lawley, Angelica Chitwood, Mykayla Sohn, Chris Gann, Casey James Knight, Emily Killian, Melissa Navia, Penelope Richards, Barbara Goodson, Stefanie Estes, Harv Popick, Lexi Flores, Dayna Devon, Elizabeth Keener, Johnny Alexander, Wiley B. Oscar, Brent Alan Henry
written by Barry Jay, Ben Jehoshua, Andrew J. Scheppmann, music by Evan Monheit, special effects makeup by Marina Coria, visual effects by Ben Jehoshua, Judah Jehoshua, Brad Geiszler

review by
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One can't claim that Cameron (Kian Lawley) loves his life or his family much; He's never really eye-to-eye with his self-righteous mother (Elizabeth Keener), his unemployed alcoholic uncle Joey (Chris Gann) is pissing him off beyond measure, his grandparents (Barbara Goodson, Harv Popick) are slowly dying away, and even if that's obviously not their fault, taking care of them puts quite a strain on a young men of less than 20 years. The only person Cameron undyingly loves then is his niece Angie (Mykayla Sohn), young daughter of his sister Caitlin (Angelica Chitwood) who has been ordered to stay away from her family due to her heroin habit - but time and again, Cameron just sneaks out Angie to be with her mother for a bit, because that's what good uncles/brothers do ... and then, during one such visit to Caitlin, Angie accidently gets possessed by demon Lilith (Stefanie Estes), first wife of (biblical) Adam - and the only way to get rid of that possession is to sacrifice six people in six days. Now obviously, Cameron is less than thrilled about having to sacrifice (as in deliver to Lilith to kill) someone, much less six people - but what makes it really hard is all six have to be blood-related to Angie ... and however much Cameron might hate most of his family, killing them is a different matter altogether - but then again, he loves Angie, and the support he gets from Caitlin in this time of need do encourage him to do the unthinkable ... but six murders in six days is still no small number ...

 

The Chosen is a little film that just gets it right: Sure, the premise might be far-fetched, but that's the case with lots of horror films. But the characters are written beliebable enough, and their reactions to things are spot-on - which is why one can really feel for Cameron, no matter what unspeakable deeds he commits for an after all selfish goal - that said, the fact that the whole ensemble's first rate doesn't hurt, either. Plus, the fact that the direction puts its focus on character rather than spectacle helps loads as well. Over-all a pretty great genre effort, actually!

 

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