Inspired by true events, 'The Rite' follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak, who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While in Rome, he meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas, who introduces him to the darker side of his faith. 'The Rite' is a supernatural thriller that uncovers the devil's reach to ...more
Inspired by true events, 'The Rite' follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak, who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While in Rome, he meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas, who introduces him to the darker side of his faith. 'The Rite' is a supernatural thriller that uncovers the devil's reach to even one of the holiest places on Earth. less
“A brainy debate instead of regular horror's chills & thrills. Worth a watch!”
Exorcism based movies always generate interest. Mind you The Rite is not a horror movie and expecting chills from it is only unfair to the movie. This flick presents a unique angle of exorcism from the eyes of a priest and that is its USP. It shows a priests journey from being agnostic to gaining faith.
Michael Kovak, Colin O Donoghue, hates his life with his father and hence decides to join a seminary school to get a free college degree. Four years later, after his ordination he deices to resign from his post due to lack of faith. His superior though believes that Michael is cut to be a priest. He asks Michael to go to Rome to attend a class on exorcism in an effort to make him believe. In Rome, upon seeing his agnostic approach, the teacher sends him to meet Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins) who is an expert on performing exorcisms. Michael does not believe in it even after seeing several paranormal events with some of the patients. But it changes when Michael hears about his father's demise. At the same time one of father Lucas' patients die. When Michael sees Lucas being possessed he performs the exorcism himself with full faith.
The movie shows some conflict in Michael with respect to faith vs skepticism towards the devil and the demon concept. The movie could have been really effective if the end result was left open ended. Throughout the movie all the possessed people go through some trauma in their lives. This gives a scientific explanation to their condition and this could have been explored more. The contrast between science vs faith could have gelled very well with Colin's character.
On the acting front, Anthony Hopkins is as brilliant as ever. You take home the character with you. Colin O Donoghue does a great job in depicting the inner fight within him. He portrays the skepticism portions mighty well.
The writer Michael Petroni does a great job in showing the dilemma in Michael's life. Anthony Hopkin's character is brilliantly sketched out as well. Although I would have loved a contradicting open ending because the build up was towards leaving it open ended. The back ground score is awesome and spine chilling at times. It fits the mood of the film perfectly. The director Mikael Hafstrom does a good job. He handles the pace of the movie well and is successful in keeping the audience on the edge of their seats.
Reasons to watch: 1) Anthony Hopkins 2) Love movies related to paranormal 3) The conflict between faith vs agnostic
Reasons to skip: 1) Disturbed by watching exorcism 2) Expecting a horror movie 3) A very predictable climax