'The Rite' is a supernatural thriller inspired by true events. The film follows seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue) who is sent to the Vatican to study exorcism. Michael is a man with many doubts...not only about demon possession but about his own calling. He challenges his superiors to look to psychiatry, rather than demons in treating the possessed.
When Michael arrives in Rome he is order to apprentice with the unorthodox Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins) a legendary priest who has performed thousands of exorcisms. Michael is resistant, questioning Father Lucas at every turn. But when Michael gets drawn into a troubling case of possession that seems to transcend even Father Lucas's skill, he glimpses something that is so evil, so violent, so terrifying that it forces him to question everything he believes.
'The Rite' is directed by Mikael Hafstrom (1408) and also stars Alice Braga, Rutger Hauser (as Michael's father) and Toby Jones. Unfortunately it's not till the last forty five minutes that "The Rite' starts to heat up. The best thing about this film is Sir Anthony Hopkins...giving a performance that is both subtle and terrifying...reminiscent of his portrayal of the infamous Dr. Lechter (Silence of the Lambs). 'The Rite' is now playing in theaters. The 'Two Jews On Film' gave The Rite' a very low bagel score.
There are exorcists stationed all around the world. The Vatican have indeed sanctioned a program where each diocese would have an exorcist. This film is based on “true events”. I may believe that the film is indeed based on true events; if very "loosely". The 2011 film “The Rite” is based on the book “The Making of an Exorcist” by Rome-based author Matt Baglio which was published in 2009. Baglio participated in a seminar on exorcism by the Vatican … more
** out of **** Mikael Hafstrom went from "Evil" to "Derailed" to "1408", and now, he's gone to "The Rite". Strange, how a filmmaker who can make a horror film as good as "1408" can also manage to make a film as mediocre and disappointing as "The Rite". But then again, "The Rite" is such a different film; more of a drama than a horror film, and only possessing a few good moments whereas "1408" had many scattered throughout. Long story short, it's mildly entertaining, but never … more
Anthony Hopkins is a wonderful actor. Talented, graceful and capable of inhabiting roles as diverse as a serial killer, a motorcycle enthusiast and a disgraced president. He’s known for wonderful roles in wonderful movies, and therefore it’s somewhat depressing to see him playing a very slightly interesting role in a really not very good movie. The Rite covers one of the strangest aspects of Catholicism (of which I have a famously low opinon), in that it closely examines … more
Star Rating: There are the possession movies that are really about nothing more than possession. You know these kinds of movies. They exist primarily for the late night movie crowds; they give the guys an excuse to make their dates scream by sneaking up on them and grabbing their shoulders. And then there are the movies that use possession not as a cheap horror gimmick, but as a means for a character or group of characters to come to terms with their faith. … more
Joan and John Schwartz (twojewsonfilm_2)
We're married, ex New Yorkers, see a lot of films and seldom agree. We rate films with bagels...one to five. My husband, John created the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH. I'm an actress/screenwriter. &nbs … more
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