Excerpt: "Inspired by true events, this supernatural thriller follows a seminary student (Colin O'Donoghue) sent to study exorcism at the Vatican in spite of his own doubts about the controversial practice and even his own faith. Only when sent to apprentice with legendary Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who has performed thousand of exorcisms, does his armor of skepticism begin to fall.
Excerpt: I’m often fascinated, yet somewhat put off by any movie that deals with exorcisms. You see, I just can’t find it in myself to really believe that the devil (or a demon) can physically take someone’s body over and possess it. Granted, I’m somewhat lacking in the “faith” category to begin with and despite my conversion to Catholicism last year, the cynic in me just can’t overlook simple, straight-forward logic.
Excerpt: Demons and demonology have been around for millennia, but as the scientific and industrial ages wound their way around the world, many of the more supernatural aspects of religions and other belief systems was replaced by a scientific skepticism, at least in the West. Then, the worldwide hit of The Exorcist broke the dam, demonstrating that belief in evil was not out of step with modern medicine and science could still not claim to explain everything.
Conclusion: According to the extra titled “The Rite: Soldier of God” the life of Father Gary Thomas, Vatican-Ordained Exorcist, inspired the film. I would have preferred the story of his life. The Rite missed a lot of the important details yet provided other information that wasn’t necessary. Overall, I did enjoy the experience.
Summary: Don’t look for answers or any deeper meaning if you decide to give The Rite a look. You won’t find them. The film masquerades as a deep-thought or philosophical piece. I’m sure those involved would like to think that’s what it is. In the end, it’s a performance piece that fails when the performances aren’t at their best. Looking for meaning is likely to leave you somewhat confused. For those answers you’ll have to look deeper within yourself.
Excerpt: The Rite is a film of dissenting voices, much like every other film about exorcism. There’s doubt, a slow climb into demonic realities, and then the necessary conclusion where there can be no question as to its existence and we’re told it’s all true. Uh huh. You can plop Anthony Hopkins into a lot of things to give it credibility, but The Rite isn’t one of them.
Excerpt: Inspired by true events, this supernatural thriller follows a seminary student sent to study exorcism at the Vatican in spite of his own doubts about the controversial practice and even his own faith. Only when sent to apprentice with legendary Father Lucas, who has performed thousand of exorcisms, does his armor of skepticism begin to fall.
Conclusion: It's nice to see a mainstream movie without disdain for religion, but that is about the extent of The Rite 's modest achievement. Despite a promising start, this exorcism thriller comes apart without scaring or even keeping you interested. Warner's Blu-ray combo pack delivers a high quality feature presentation and a small but sufficient supply of extras. This film is strictly for genre fans and even they won't likely enjoy it enough to watch it more than once.
Conclusion: Even when Sir Anthony Hopkins is phoning in his role, he's still able to create an interesting character. Too bad everyone else in this movie is as dull and lifeless as the film's tepid script that wants so badly to be scary. There aren't too many chilling moments included in 'The Rite' so hardcore horror fans may find this one just as boring as I did. Still, if you pick it up you'll be happy that the movie comes with excellent audio and video presentations.