Director: Mikael Håfström
Stars: Colin O'Donoghue, Anthony Hopkins, Ciarán Hinds, Alice Braga, Toby Jones, Rutger Hauer
Michael is the son of a funeral director grows indifferent to his father and joins a Seminary. On his way to the course completion, he is overwhelmed by a strong lack of faith. His religious beliefs are further jolted when he sees a young girl haplessly dying in a road accident for whom he reluctantly performs the ritual to absolve her sins. His mentor still believes in him and urges him to go to Italy to take an exorcism course hoping that he it would strengthen his faith in Christianity. In Italy he attends a session from Father Xavier who soon becomes aware of his skepticism. As a result he sends him to an eminent Jesuit exorcist, Father Lucas, whose ways though questionable are quite effective. He witnesses the exorcism of a sixteen year old girl but still seems unconvinced. Father Lucas explains to him that it takes multiple sessions over a long stretch of time to completely free a victim from the demon. Despite witnessing some supernatural occurrences during the aforesaid exorcism.
For an movie about exorcism, it was not bad. Of course there are been one that blows the others away, but there are some other movies on the subject that are better. I was just glad that it did not take place in a farmhouse or an apartment building. It took place in Rome where it all began.
This movie plays like Hannibal Lector gets possessed. It really does. When he first meets Father Lucas, he is so laid back that it is a bit weird. Like he is a modern day new age priest that has been thrown aside from the church. When the action starts to get going, you almost lose interest in the story by then.
You do have this woman taking the same class as Michael, but all they are really think about is hooking up with one another. You can see the sexual tension between the two characters. It is a bit odd, since you are detailing with religion and possession. It should not had the tension in the movie.
It is a decent movie to watch, but it is one that I would not want to really rewatch. It just was not that interesting to me. It is worth watching once, but that is it. Enjoy.
The Rite (2011) Trailer