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The Rite--a movie review

Updated on January 30, 2011

 So once again here we go with another movie review--all though this one, not so bad, but bad enough in the sense that its been done--when are people just going to give up on the demonic possession and every movie being the exact same--can we say shoot me.

The Rite, directed by Mikael Hafstrom and starring (academy award winner) Anthony Hopkins, Alice Braga, and Colin O'Donoghue is anything but a masterpiece--the trailers were more appealing to me than the actual movie, can we say snore?

Anyway the movie begins sort of over dramatic in my mind with a young man who has chosen the path of a priest because of his family origin--either mortician or priest--so he leaves his hometown and everything he knows and then the movie picks up 4 years later with him in some sort of robe with father superior giving this speech about how he can't wait for the to start taking their vows to priesthood--yay!

So the unwilting young man (Colin O'Donoghue) sends an email to father superior talking and spilling about how he can't become a priest because he doesn't believe in god--at this point in time my interest sparked, because I wanted to know then why go priest if you don't believe--let alone have faith. The fate being the oddball it is, throws a wrench into the mix--on a rainy and dredful night young priest kovac starts to run across the street where he is yelled at by Father Matthew (father superior) and then oops--he falls some random girl gets hit by a van and dies--all while in slow motion he (Kovac) is hovering over her as she is dying reciting the lord's prayer and then EPIPHANY...I wanted to shoot myself and occassionally started laughing--wrong? Probably--movie that bad--yes...

So then afterwards Father Matthew offers priest in the making Kovac an opportunity to study the rite of exorcism at the vatican via blackmailing--which was funny because I didn't realize priests were so scandolous--very funny. And there we begin with the long retardation of him going to the vatican checking in and then being late to the exorcism class--oh boy.

So in this class--the pictures were gruesome, which made it fantastic--realistic? No not really, they were rather overdone. So then after drawn out scene after drawn out scene priest in the making kovac is referred to by a cardinal--head priest--god, whoever this man is--to talk to Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins) because he will have the proof that priest in the making Kovac is searching for in regards to does the devil exist. BORING--the only good thing so far is that they throw a scientific manner into the movie about how do you handle the devil if you don't believe he truly exists.

So then Kovac meets Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins) who is brilliant and you can tell he is having a lot of fun with the Father Lucas character--which by the way is the only good acting in the entire movie. So in the long run, possession graphics, cool--but not amazing, and the acting eh...there's not much that can be said about that honestly. It is interesting though how they throw in the how do you defeat the devil if you don't believe in the devil--that's the cool part.

All in all, the rite follows every single exorcist movie before it, and the scientific part is the only reason why it was even remotely interesting. The acting was mediocre at best--except for Anthony Hopkins who brought life to the film--the demon interactions were horrible at best, and oh geeze--I can't even begin to destroy the wasn't the best--my favorite scene--the horse that was played to be the "mulo" or mule but it was a horse--what?!

My rating: C-

Would I recommend this to other people--yea, to torture them--because it would be amusing. Would I watch it again--maybe if I'm drunk. Is it worth seeing--I don't think so, but this is my review.



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      Gary Fooks 

      7 years ago

      Good Review - awful movie

    • PR Morgan profile image

      PR Morgan 

      7 years ago from Sarasota Florida

      I don't know why Hopkins would do this? I will watch anything on DVD but I won't rush out to get it! Good review..up and useful!

    • lookatmenow profile image


      7 years ago from Canada

      hahah another exorcism movie


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