‘Deliver Us from Evil’ claims to be inspired by true events and the setup does seem interesting enough to keep you engaged for about half its running length. However an overdose of clichéd moments of conjuring scares from countless other movies, soon drags it down to the abyss of ridiculousness. It can at best be prescribed for those who would either watch the first half and leave or those who’ve never watched a horror movie before in their lives.
The story kicks off in Iraq with a bunch of soldiers finding an underground cave with Latin inscriptions and something overtly sinister that one of them brings back to New York. Three years later, detective Sarchie (Eric Bana) starts following a series of weird incidences around the city that have no logical explanation. When he meets Father Mendoza (Edgar Ramirez), he starts to slowly see there might be more here than what meets the eye. Now the two men have to work together to not just stop a great evil from being unleashed but also ensure the safety of Sarchie’s family. There’s an exorcism somewhere down the road, you know the drill.
The movie’s handling of the atmosphere is top-notch, it’s creepy as hell and effective to the point of actually making you overlook the inadequacies of the plot and mundane character interactions. However atmosphere can take you only that far, once the explanations crop up for the happenings and plot contrivances start piling up, you’d care less and less for the happenings on screen. This is the major failing of the script which actually lays the seeds for a greater threat than it actually presents. The acting is passable at best, though it’s funny to see Joel McHale as a cop and you just can’t shake off his Jeff Winger persona.
Deliver Us From Evil works beautifully for the first half but fails just as badly for the other half.view less