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The Rite: Run, don’t walk… away

Director: Mikael Håfström
Screenplay: Michael Petroni
Release Date: January 28, cialis 40mg 2011
Actors: Anthony Hopkins, visit web Colin O’Donoghue, Ciaran Hindis, Alice Braga, Toby Jones
Inspired by a “true” story

Exorcist films seems to be a plenty these days in Hollywood, with the last one The Last Exorcism clearly in my mind (and not very good in my opinion.) The last one that really creeped me out was the Exorcism of Emily Rose, which starred Jennifer Carpenter. Because of that movie, every time I now see a picture of Jennifer Carpenter, I think of Emily Rose possessed. Probably not the best connection to be consistently making with an actress. Trailers for The Rite made it seem like it could be interesting, and I had high hopes going into the film that it might surprise or even engage me, but unfortunately it let me down considerably.

The film starts off with the introduction of Michael Kovak, played by Colin O’Donoghue (a relative unknown from Ireland). Michael’s family has either raised priests or morticians. Due to his trauma of seeing his father prepare his mother when she passed, he decides to attend school to become a priest. After four years of school and finding that he still has an absence of fatih, he decides to drop out of the school. However, before Father Matthew allows to let him go, he sends Michael off to the Vatican to take a course on demons and exorcisms for two months. After he arrives, Michael still has difficulty believing in the exist of God and the Devil. His teacher there, Father Xavier (Ciaran Hindis) sends him off to see Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins) who performs exorcisms.

From that point on, we are introduced to a couple of people who may or may not be possessed by a demon. Michael remains unconvinced. Several events lead up to a fairly predictable (and cheesy conclusion). I don’t want to give the ending away, but I thought the movie and the conclusion was ridiculous. I’ve wondered if the movie might seem better if I was religious, but I have a feeling it wouldn’t.

Michael remains unconvinced and his belief doesn’t seem to change even slightly until the end. Anthony Hopkins as Father Lucas is amusing and well acted, but the material is so poor that it’s unfortunately not enough to save The Rite from falling into a pit. The atmosphere just seems uneven, and the screenplay is weak and unconvincing. I liked Colin O’Donoghue, which is unfortunate given his first major foray into Hollywood is “The Rite”. Frankly, I had hoped for a better movie from Anthony Hopkins, given that his last movie “The Wolfman” was also a bust. I certainly hope his next movie is one that highlights his acting, and not one in which he has to support.

I’m not sure what the aim or purpose of the film was. To make believers out of non believers? For believers to get scared out of these people who are possessed? They say it was inspired by a true story, but I’m pretty sure it’s more fiction than fact. It was poorly executed and the story just does not move along far enough for the end to be believable.

Save your money. Skip this one altogether. 1 Bracelets / 5 Bracelets

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