American seminary student Michael (O'Donoghue) reluctantly attends an exorcism school at the Vatican and meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Hopkins). Michael contends that the possessed need to be treated through psychiatric means and is unconvinced of any merits of exorcism. But when Father Lucas shows him the darker elements of his faith, Michael learns that science can't explain everything. Poorly directed supernatural thriller falls flat and lacks suspense or surprises. Loosely taken from Matt Baglio's book, "The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist."
Ah, January. Between Season of the Witch, the DVD release of The Last Exorcism, and now The Rite, it would appear movie makers are trying to turn this quaint wintery time into “Demonic Possession Month.” Yes, winter is known as that time of year when ol’ Satan brushes the snow ...Read More
Hopkins and Exorcism criddic2 at 2011-02-01 20:00:41
This is a B-movie with a star performance by Anthony Hopkins. It is in the vein, stylistically, as "The Exorcist" and "The Omen." It has its theme in common with the former and it approaches the atmosphere of the latter, though it does match either in quality. However, it eschews gore in favor of character and is more effective because of it. Anthony Hopkins is emmensely entertaining.