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Deliver Us From Evil

Updated on July 17, 2014

Deliver Us From Evil

Director: Scott Derrickson

Writers: Scott Derrickson, Paul Harris Boardman, Ralph Sarchie, Lisa Collier Cool

Cast: Eric Bana, Édgar Ramírez, Olivia Munn, Chris Coy, Dorian Missick, Sean Harris, Joel McHale, Mike Houston, Lulu Wilson, Olivia Horton, Scott Johnsen, Daniel Sauli, Antoinette LaVecchia, Aidan Gemme, Jenna Gavigan

Synopsis: NY police officer Ralph Sarchie investigates a series of crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the possessions that are terrorizing their city.

MPAA Rating: Rated R for bloody violence, grisly images, terror throughout, and language

Stevennix2001's Rating:

4 / 10

Pros:


- Interesting premise

- Atmosphere is set up nicely

- Mystery is set up rather well

- Acting wasn't that bad

Cons:


- Movie falls into every horror cliche imaginable

- Extremely predictable

- Weak characterization

- Although the mystery aspects are set up well, the horror aspects are set up half hazardly in the most cliched way imaginable.

- Entire movie is forgettable, and fails miserably to deliver with such a promising premise.

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Although the trailers for "Deliver Us From Evil" make it out to be one of the scariest movies ever made, the reality is that it's nothing more than a stereotypical exorcism film that offers little in terms of originality. Allegedly inspired by true events. "Deliver Us From Evil" focuses on a cop from New York named Ralph Sarchie, who witnesses a series of disturbing crimes that involve domestic abuse, and murder; mostly involving small children. At first, they seem like separate cases, but he soon finds out these events might have more of a connection than he might've been led to believe.

As he investigates these series of crimes deeper, he soon discovers that something more demonic is at play here. Something beyond the realm of mortals to possibly understand. As he probes deeper into this mystery, he soon discovers that his own family could be in grave danger. Hence, his only hope is to ally himself with a Catholic Priest, whose lifestyle may seem a bit unorthodox considering his profession, but they form an unlikely alliance that may be the only hope at stopping this demonic entity once and for all.

Like all films of this ilk, the cop is an Atheist, who lost his belief in god because of some tragedy that happened early in his life. He committed a sin that he regrets, but he's forced into various circumstances that challenge his beliefs. Like most movies that involve demonic entities, you know at some point the Atheist cop is going to regain his faith in god again. In fact, if you've seen a lot of horror films before, then chances are you can literally predict the exact moment, when that happens as well. "Deliver Us From Evil" pretty much follows every horror cliche in the book that it leaves very little room for any surprises..

This hurts the film because most of the frights revolve around jump scares, where it tries to scare the audience by surprising them with a few intense scenes. However, it doesn't work. Not only is this film incredibly predictable, but it tends to get a bit boring after awhile because you know exactly what's going to happen. Granted, I'll admit the unorthodox lifestyle of the Priest was kind of original, but the rest of the movie feels like nothing more than an uninspired exorcism film trying to make a quick buck.

It's not scary, and it's kind of pathetic. Hell, even the film's subplot about the cop being a neglectful dad is predictable, as it plays out exactly how you'd expect it. You know the guy is going to be one those workaholic cops that puts the job first, at the beginning, but somehow he gets to the point that he realizes that he needs to pay attention to his family more.

Eric Bana tries his best to add a lot of class to this film, and I have to say that he does a good job. If anything, it's almost a shame the rest of the movie couldn't match his performance. In fact, I can't really fault any of the actors in this feature, as everyone plays their parts rather well Sadly, they're just not given a great script to work with, which is a real shame because the premise was rather interesting. Sadly, due to the poor characterization of the characters, and poor execution of the plot, that this film falls flat on it's face.

On paper, you'd think the plot would amount to being one of the all time greats, as the film does a great job setting up the mystery aspects of the story quite well. Sadly, it's the horror aspects that fall apart. In some ways, I think this film would've worked better had it been retweaked to be more of a crime mystery drama, but as a horror film, it barely even adds up. The horror aspects are so cliched, and predictable, that it makes the entire movie come off as boring half the time.

Overall, I wouldn't say this is by far the worst horror movie that I've ever seen, but it's definitely up there. It might be a decent rental in netflix if you're just looking for a mediocre horror film to watch on a Saturday night, but if you're looking for something with quality, then I wouldn't waste your time on this one.

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© 2014 Steven Escareno

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