"The battle against the Devil, which is the principal task of Saint Michael the Archangel, is still ... read morebeing fought today, because the Devil is still alive and active in the world." -Pope John Paul II "The Rite" is a supernatural thriller that uncovers the Devil's reach to even one of the holiest places on Earth. Inspired by true events, the film follows seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue), who is sent to study exorcism at the Vatican in spite of his own doubts about the controversial practice and even his own faith. Wearing his deep skepticism like armor, Michael challenges his superiors to look to psychiatry, rather than demons, in treating the possessed. Only when he's sent to apprentice with the unorthodox Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins)--a legendary priest who has performed thousands of exorcisms--does Michael's armor begin to fall. As he is drawn into a troubling case that seems to transcend even Father Lucas's skill, he begins to glimpse a phenomenon science can't explain or control...and an evil so violent and terrifying that it forces him to question everything he believes. Directed by Mikael Håfström ("1408"), "The Rite" stars Oscar (R) winner Anthony Hopkins ("Silence of the Lambs"), Colin O'Donoghue in his feature film debut, Alice Braga ("Predators"), Toby Jones ("Frost/Nixon"), with Ciarán Hinds ("Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2"), and Rutger Hauer ("Batman Begins," "Blade Runner"). Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson ("The Exorcism of Emily Rose") produced the film under their Contrafilm banner. The screenplay is by Michael Petroni ("The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader"), suggested by the book by Matt Baglio. Richard Brener, Merideth Finn and Robert Bernacchi serve as executive producers, with Mark Tuohy co-producing. New Line Cinema presents, a Contrafilm production, a Mikael Håfström film, "The Rite." The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. This film has been rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material, violence, frightening images and language including sexual references. -- (C) Warner Bros.
Well done drama which focuses more on the act of exorcism rather than "spinning heads and pea soup" type horror of "The Exorcist".
Reviewed 14 months days ago
. Hopkins guides the young doubter through the dangerous art of exorcism but they both end up getting a little too close to the forces of evil in the process.
Reviewed 12 months days ago
Being a Christian, I really enjoyed this. It has a lot of intense scary moments, but I was thinking
In 1989, emergency responders received a 9-1-1 call from Maria Rossi (Suzan Crowley) confessing that... read more she had brutally killed three people. 20 years later, her daughter Isabella (Fernanda Andrade) seeks to understand the truth about what happened that night. She travels to the Centrino Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Italy where her mother has been locked away to determine if her mother is mentally ill or demonically possessed. When she recruits two young exorcists (Simon Quarterman and Evan Helmuth) to cure her mom using unconventional methods combining both science and religion, they come face-to-face with pure evil in the form of four powerful demons possessing Maria. Many have been possessed by one; only one has been possessed by many. -- (C) Paramount Insurge
Solid exorcism movie. Better than The Last Exorcism
Reviewed 12 months days ago
Two rogue priests attempt an exorcism that goes very wrong. And after that the movie just goes downhill with a pointless ending.
Reviewed 15 months days ago
travel to Italy to see her Mam who she has not seen in 20 years after she killed 3 people during an exorcism. Soon they realize something is still inside her and it's not long till stranger things occ
Disillusioned charlatan Reverend Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) comes face to face with pure evil af... read moreter recruiting a documentary film crew to capture the final exorcism of his career. For years, Reverend Marcus has taken advantage of the faithful and desperate. Now it's time for him to finally come clean. Just as Reverend Marcus prepares to shoot the film that will set the record straight, he receives an urgent letter from a desperate farmer. The devil has taken possession of his beloved daughter Nell (Ashley Bell), and Reverend Marcus is their last hope for salvation. Up to this point it's been all fun and games; now things are about to get serious. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
ry and ultimatly brings us to the meat of the story which is Cotton wants to debunk the myth of the exorcism. They take a pleading letter and head off to a desolate farm house in Louisiana where Lewis
Reviewed 42 days days ago
I'm not a fan of films about exorcism (or not religionfilms eather) but this was OK.
Reviewed 8 days days ago
. This film is just flat out awful and especially for an exorcism movie which sparked probably one of the greatest horror movies of all time. Being one of th
In this blend of psychological thriller and courtroom drama, Emily Rose (Jennifer Carpenter) is a 19... read more-year-old college student who begins displaying bizarre and troubling behavior; as her actions become increasingly destructive and shocking, Emily begins speaking in strange tongues and destroying religious symbols that surround her. Emily's parents believe that their daughter has become possessed of the devil, and the Catholic Church agrees to authorize an exorcism of the young woman. As Father Moore (Tom Wilkinson) attempts to drive the demons from Emily's body, the girl dies in the midst of the taxing ceremonies, and Father Moore finds himself charged with negligent homicide. Attorney Erin Bruner (Laura Linney) is hired to represent Father Moore against prosecutor Ethan Thomas (Campbell Scott), who intends to prove there were concrete medical explanations for Emily's behaviors, including epilepsy and schizophrenia, all leading to a heated courtroom debate between the notions of faith and science. The Exorcism of Emily Rose was inspired by the real-life story of Anneliese Michel, a young woman from Germany who died in 1976 after priests in Wurzburg spent eight months attempting to exorcise demons from her body. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
My favorite exorcism movie. It had some creepy moments and no over the top, comical scenes like many exorcism mo
Reviewed 10 months days ago
. It's not necessarily an exorcism movie but more of a trial movie about an exorcism, something that appeals to me much more t
Reviewed 23 months days ago
. I mean you can't help but compare exorcism movies to it. Well with that being said this film is genius. Acting was perfect . It's a re