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Seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue) reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While he’s in Rome, Michael meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who introduces him to the darker side of his faith, uncovering the devil’s reach even to one of the holiest places on Earth.
A more mature and less histrionic exorcism film from Mikael Hafstrom, it's a classy production, but it forgets to be, for large chunks, scary or even interesting. Hopkins is good, but the rest is fairly forgettable.
Why I watched this movie? I wanted to check out another movie that starred Sir Anthony Hopkins. This was the 40th Hopkins movie that I have watched.
What is this one about? Colin O'Donoghue plays an American seminary student who travels to Italy to take an exorcism course (for some reason that class was not offered at the college I went to). O'Donoghue is questioning his faith so his bosses send him to Hopkins. Hopkins is an exorcist and shows O'Donoghue that evil is out there.
My thoughts on this one? This one is based on actual events. Movie is more disturbing than scary. So if you are expecting an Exorcist type movie this is not one for you. Hopkins…
the BETTER exorcism movie
Anthony Hopkins goes around smacking up children, producing frogs from unorthodox places and even takes the opportunity to go full Welsh. Redonkulous.
Felt like I'd seen this a hundred times before.
Anthony Hopkins was quite a scary individual even before he donned that infamous mask in The Silence of the Lambs. A coveted stage actor as well as a formidable screen presence, he had a reputation as an actor with intensity and a liking for the drink. In this supernatural horror film, which is definitely more supernatural than horror, he plays an exorcist who takes a new recruit under his wings in the fight against evil. Attempting to show us the church's modern day work with exorcisms and demons, it lacks real scares or a pea-soup spitting protagonist that inspires chills. In fact it would have scarier if it had just been about pervert priests chasing kids. The plot is hokey…
very very very slow and boring at first.
But then it got good. Anthony Hopkins is a legendary actor man haha, he made this movie decent. The last scene was so well done.
AND that The Exorcist refference was pretty cool.
But it still only gets 3 stars due to the really slow and boring begining and middle.
Also, it got fcking intense, I legit prayed at the end and I'm not THAT religious lol.
So yeah. Not great but not bad.
SPOOKY. I liked this movie. A more realistic and skeptical approach to the typical exorcist movie. Moves slowly and places good emphasis on character development. The scene with the woman on the bicycle was one of my favourite parts, even if it was hammed up a bit.
Anthony Hopkins does a great turn here, making his priest chatty and jovial, with a very nuts n' bolts approach to his job. I dunno if the climax was particularly effective, but how exactly do you make an exorcism compelling? Say the words louder? Have stuff fly about the room? Scary sounds? This movie roots it in the young priest's struggle with faith and that works pretty good at least on a character level.
This movie has all RITE stuff! Sorry.
I decided to watch this for two reasons: 1) it seemed like something I could toss into my schlock week for Horrortober 2016 and 2) it was from the director of my favorite film, 1408. Mikael Håfström's next horror film after 1408 is nowhere near as a good as 1408 but it was surprising for what exactly it was. Instead of your standard exorcist affair, The Rite is a character story following man's struggle with faith in a world hostile to it. It's in fact hampered by its more horroresque elements and some unfortunately bland acting form the main lead.
The Rite follows the son of a mortician, Michael Korvak, who's family members have either become morticians or priests. Korvak…
Why do we need another exorcist film?
Anthony Hopkins is as compelling as ever, especially near the end, but the film itself is hardly any better than most of the rest of the genre. A good cast and some solid creepy moments separate it from its kin, but not enough to make it worthwhile.
The exorcism/possession subgenre of horror films remains a wasteland of quality save for some few noteworthy exceptions. This is not one of them.
Pretty solid exorcism movie, framed around a crisis of faith.
A doubting young priest-in-training takes a course in exorcism at the Vatican and throws down with an ancient demon.
Meh. I've seen better and worse. Hopkins steals the show once again in a supporting role but it's not enough to overcome some pretty bland, predictable storytelling.
A skeptical American seminary student is sent to Italy to take an exorcism course taught by the Catholic Church. While in Rome he is introduced to an experienced Jesuit exorcist, Father Lucas, who invites him along while performing exorcisms for locals. His skepticism is ultimately shaken when sinister forces seem to affect Father Lucas as well.
Very few actors can consistently do creepy to the level that Anthony Hopkins can…I mean he made the name Clarice send shivers down everyone’s spine. Hopkins is once again up to the task and gives an interesting twist to the exorcism genre by having a priest actually succumbing to possession. However the weakness of this film ultimately falls on a lead that has a…
Based loosely on the book about the exploits of real life exorcist Father Gary Thomas. Colin O'Donoghue stars as Michael Kovak, a young man who decides to enter the priesthood as a way to escape having to follow in his father's footsteps and become a mortician. The priest thing, however, is also a dodge - he goes on a scholarship but plans to renounce his vows when the time comes, thus earning a free college education. His superior suggests he take a course on exorcism in Rome before making up his mind. Michael's professor at the Vatican (Ciaran Hinds) recognizes Michael's lack of faith and sends him to an old colleague, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins). Lucas is a Welsh Jesuit…
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