Netflix Pick (DVD): The Rite

Last night, I finally saw the movie, “The Rite” starring Anthony Hopkins. I was meant to see this film in theater when it first came out but I never got around to it.


Michael, the son of a funeral director grows indifferent to his father and joins a Seminary. On his way to the course completion, he is overwhelmed by a strong lack of faith. His religious beliefs are further jolted when he sees a young girl haplessly dying in a road accident for whom he reluctantly performs the ritual to absolve her sins. His mentor still believes in him and urges him to go to Italy to take an exorcism course hoping that he it would strengthen his faith in Christianity. In Italy he attends a session from Father Xavier who soon becomes aware of his skepticism. As a result he sends him to an eminent Jesuit exorcist, Father Lucas, whose ways though questionable are quite effective. He witnesses the exorcism of a sixteen year old girl but still seems unconvinced. Father Lucas explains him that it takes multiple sessions over a long stretch of time to completely free a victim from the omen…

This movie didn’t get great reviews by critics and movie fans, it’s a movie you either love or hate, but I absolutely loved it. I know there are a lot of movies on Exorcism, but I think this one is the best one. It’s more realistic than the others. It’s a horror film that’s actually kind of creepy and there are parts where you jump a lot. I thought the writing and acting were both phenomenal. I wasn’t bored watching this movie, and I did sit through the whole thing. This film wants to make demonic possession and exorcism to seem more real and believable.

William Freidkin’s “The Exorcist” is a good movie, but it had minor problems. Some of the stuff in “The Exorcist”, can be pretty whacky, but “The Rite” was more true to exorcism. Of course, I was most impressed with Anthony Hopkins acting in this film. Anthony kills it with the acting like usual. I’ve been such a huge fan of Anthony Hopkins for years. He can play every role well, but I think this is his best role behind, Hannibal Lechter. There is no gore in, “The Rite”. That’s how you make a horror film scary, with no gore. I’d say “The Rite” is the best new horror film of this year.

Check it out when you get a chance.


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