New York police officer Ralph Sarchie investigates a series of crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rites of exorcism, to combat the possessions that are terrorizing their city.
A retired FBI agent with psychological gifts is assigned to help track down "The Tooth Fairy", a mysterious serial killer. Aiding him is imprisoned forensic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter.
A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.
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Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donaghue), 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 (Ciarán Hinds), who soon becomes aware of his skepticism. As a result he sends him to an eminent Jesuit exorcist, Father Lucas Trevant (Sir Anthony Hopkins), 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. ...Written by
"There's not a day in my life that I don't feel like a fraud. Other priests, doctors, lawyers - I talk to them all. I don't know anyone who hasn't felt that." Father Damien Karras, from The Exorcist (1973)
As a Jesuit-trained, fallen–away Catholic, I approach The Rite, starring Anthony Hopkins, with reverence. Then I revert to agnosticism because I can't believe this is a serious movie. Not only does it not bring anything new to understanding exorcism or demonic possession, its screenplay is tepid and its special effects hellaciously undercooked. The "argument-from-ignorance" fallacy (that no proof is actually proof, or something like that) is the basis for showing that the devil exists but is never explored enough to make that psycho-philosophical basis of the film interesting.
Young deacon Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue) is sent to Father Lucas Trevant (Hopkins) in Rome to gain faith as he is about to abort his theology training for lack of it. Meeting Alice Braga's journalist Angeline (the film is never subtle) could test his faith once more, but he's devoted to getting out of his seminary contract and dissing the devil. Just another opportunity lost since the temptations of a woman could generate far more thrills than the lame, exorcist knock-off routine.
That Kovak is uncommonly handsome and Braga of the Sonia-Braga (Alice is her niece) sensuality is amusing while I recall the less-than-cinematic looking prelates and journalists I have known.
Hopkins, however, is easy to watch as always, here playing a veteran exorcist Jesuit, Father Lucas Trevant. In fact you can see Hannibal Lecter creep out now and then, and with the Rome setting get nostalgic for the Silence of the Lambs sequel failure.
I want to find something good to say because I tumbled the Exorcist steps at Georgetown with dates regularly, but I must cling again to agnosticism because I just don't know what's good about this film.
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