“The Rite” Was Exorcised Of Anything Good
by Nicholas Robinson
Now I am using this review as a double purpose. Not only am I reviewing this movie but I am also notifying you (my readers) that all of my columns that I have been posting religously for the past month and a half (except the Spotlight) have to be scrapped. School is starting to get more serious and all the posts (especially the TV Recap) take up too much time. I apologize but hopefully I will bring them back in the summer.
Now, we move on to the review. When I saw the trailer for this movie a while back, I knew it wasn’t going to be good. I thought there was going to be a movie with tons of scares and no substance. I had no idea that it was going to be this bad. The story was bad, the acting was sub-par and the horror was horrible.
The story in this movie was bad and I mean bad. The whole premise of turning a skeptic into a believer was pretty decent but it was executed horribly. I mean even though the story seemed coherent it was really just that, coherent. There was no real character development except for you randomly finding out a stupid reason as to why the priest was a skeptic in the first place and then cornily taking that reason for skepticism and turning it into a sign for becoming a believer.
The acting in this movie was sub-par. The only OK performance was given by Anthony Hopkins. He was versatile playing a priest and a possessed person and also gave quite a bit of comedic relief (like being out in the rain wearing nothing but a coat and a hat and pimp-slapping a child or answering a cell phone during an exorcism). Other than that however, the acting was sub-par.
The horror in this movie was just plain horrible. What little scares there were, were not scary at all. The exorcisms themselves were lame, with just one really creepy moment where the restraints burn off Anthony Hopkin’s hands. Other than that the horror was either really lame or non-existent. One thing I have to say was the make-up was decent. It actually looked like the veins were pumping black blood instead of regularly red blood.
Another problem I had with this movie was that it tried so hard to be a realistic version of The Exorcist. In fact it even had the same progression except that instead of 85 minutes of the girl being possessed and 10 minutes of the priest being possessed, it was 60 minutes of unimportant nonsense, 15 minutes of the girl being possessed and 45 minutes of the priest being possessed. So it tried and failed horribly.
Overall, don’t watch this in theatres and if you feel to watch an exorcism movie and you see this, put it down and go find The Exorcist .
IMDB says 6.2/10
RT says 17%
I say 2/10