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You can only defeat it when you believe.
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…
I thought this was a rather unique possession/exorcism movie, with a nice little twist to boot. I'm a big fan of this sub genre, but most typically disappoint me because the effects are overdone or things are just too... Kitschy, or they try to hard to be shocking. This movie was understated in comparison to most, but I really enjoyed that aspect of it. It was well filmed and the actors fleshed out their roles well, especially (of course) Anthony Hopkins.
I'd give it a solid 3/5, it held my interest the entire time, I enjoyed the acting, story, and plot, and there were parts I find frightening and many thrilling moments.
Main white guy was cute
Almost compelling, but none of the "horror" scenes go all the way or push the envelope. You never feel anything is at stake. The characters seem like they're in such a safe environment.
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Not a horror film, but an exorcism-themed drama that becomes hilarious due to Hopkins' facial expressions and acting. I'm not knocking the man himself, I think he's a good actor, but for some reason they decided to make his performance as silly as possible through bizarre editing and directorial choices. Dramatic violin when he wakes up from a nap? Really? They even gave him a silly hat to wear! The poor old man gets possessed by BAAL, of all demons, yet all he does is sit around and say some dirty words. I was in tears when they made him dance around like a puppet.
Why is so much of this movie in unsubtitled Italian? It doesn't add any artistry to the film or make sense for narrative development, it just seems like the filmmakers were lazy, which is true about a lot of aspects of this movie.
A very different experience watching this.
In his book The Story of Art, E.H. Gombrich writes that there is no wrong reason to enjoy a piece of art. However... "It is only when some irrelevant memory makes us prejudice, when we instinctively turn away from a magnificent picture of an alpine scene because we dislike climbing, that we should search our mind for the reason of the aversion which spoils a pleasure we might otherwise have had."
Years and years ago as a believer I would've watched this in dread, but now the fear is nonexistent and its visual trappings absurd and borderline hilarious. The cliches are one thing, the simplistic bullshit another thing, but the very basis of fear…
I like this movie but I don't love it. It had great horror elements in it but it kind board time and also the lead character I found him very annoy and unnecessary at the time. That is not a good thing.
im watching this right now and its great who tf gave this two stars
Sometimes it is nice to see the same old shit done on a studio level budget with the gloss and finesse that comes along with it. Anthony Hopkins doesn't hurt either. And thank (anti)christ that the film begins with exorcisms just being matter of fact for the most part. There's no protracted buildup to the cliched old exorcism crap for a finale. Once the main character meets Hopkins, it's pretty much "Oh, by the way, here's an exorcism. ......well, we're done with that for the day" And with that out of the way, it can work a little harder on the character's crisis of faith. It still ends as expected, but even that fares a little better thanks to Hopkins.
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