The Rite [2011] Movie Review Recommendation

The Rite [2011]

After the sudden revival of the Exorcist movies in the nineties, the madness continues, producing crappier and crappier movies. I do not know why, but I have to check them out, at least those with some potential. When I saw Anthony Hopkins attached to this project I remember thinking to myself if Anthony fucks it up, then this genre is dead, at least until another revival. I am still not sure who fucked up, but I blame the writers and director. Anthony was okay, but he did not need this in his career. Movie looks like they gave an atheist a mission to make an exorcism movie, and to make it scary. I guess that they were trying to make it more realistic to a wider audience, questioning the religion and the rite itself, but they did not succeed. Still, there are some elements in the movie that were great, I would like to mention cinematography and music (Alex Heffes) that were perfect.

If I see another movie with a Father-Son issues I am going to puke. The Rite starts with young Michael Kovak, and his fucked up family business (they are undertakers, all that stuff reminds me of a series Six Feet Under). Apart from the gloomy home, Micheal has a pretty bad relationship with his father. Deciding not to follow in his footsteps (as he said it “in their family you are either an undertaker (not the cool Undertaker) or a priest”), wow what a rebellious act, he decides (deicides :D) to become a priest. After four years of education, he changes his mind and concludes that he is just not sure about that whole religion thing (come on)… So he is sent to Rome to study exorcism rituals (that are so cool that even atheist like them), and there he will meet an old and quite unorthodox priest that will help him with his doubts about religion and world. Movie is quite incoherent, without a fluid storyline or convincing characters, it’s just a series of events happening to a young confused man. Still it’s worth a viewing, especially for the music and cinematography, and of course if you like this subject you will find it mildly amusing… Try to enjoy.

Director: Mikael Håfström

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Colin O’Donoghue, Alice Braga, Ciarán Hinds, Rutger Hauer, Toby Jones, Marta Gastini

Fun Facts: Shipped to theaters under the code name “Denial”.


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