Seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue) reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While he’s in Rome, Michael meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who introduces him to the darker side of his faith, uncovering the devil’s reach even to one of the holiest places on Earth.
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The power of finiancial gain compels you! (yawn) Another serving of exorcisms the whole family can enjoy, yee-haw. The wife dragged me to see The Rite, and it wasn't totally wrong I suppose. I'll keep this demonically short and sweet.
It's another intriguing question of faith--an interesting examination of mental instability vs. demonic possession. We get to see a young pregnant chick speak in a crazy voice and watch her body distort in unnatural positions. Freaky for some, but you've probably seen it done before in a much more gruesome, intense fashion. An actual possession would of course be a terrifying thing to witness, but here the battle of good vs. evil never really seems to materialize. We witness Baal throwing out a few dark personal secrets while the priests toss back some holy water, but it stops well short of the horror element it could have registered.
This movie has some irritating elements--a few cheap jump scares that might work on some but they fiercely grate on my nerves. The dream sequences are an overdone gimmick as well. We also witness a demonic mule and some hellacious frogs that I thought were pretty silly.
Now for the good. Anthony Hopkins totally saves this film from complete disaster. He has creepy down pat, and he definitely electrifies the screen with his presence.
This movie does have some nice cinematography plus solid acting throughout. Overall I enjoyed The Last Exorcism quite a bit more than this. But for the young crowd or fans Of Hopkins, The Rite might very well be worth a look. 2.5 stars.