Monday, March 24, 2014

The Rite

Anthony Hopkins ... Father Lucas Trevant
Colin O'Donoghue ... Michael Kovak
Father Xavier ... Ciarán Hinds
Toby Jones ... Father Matthew

I am beginning to wonder if Anthony Hopkins is capable of staring in a movie that does not scare the bee-gee-bees out of me.

Inspired by the book The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist by Matt Baglio.

Actor Colin O’Donoghue plays Michael Kovak, a young mortician who wants more from life and unable to afford college enters a seminary for a free college education. As far as he can tell, he can walk away from the church prior to his ordination - no harm, no foul as far as he can see it.

His advisor, Father Matthew, see more in Michael and informs him that he has two choices, either convert his expenses incurred at the seminary into a student loan or go to the Vatican and take additional classes. Father Matthew tells Michael of the rise of demonic possessions every year and that the Church needs more exorcists.

This is where the movie turns creepy. Seeing that Michael is a skeptic, Father Xavier, the class instructor, sends Michael to Father Lucas – this is where Anthony Hopkins steps in and I proceeded to watch the movie with one hand over my eyes and the other grasping my stomach.

The movie is very graphic - both sights and sounds are a bit stomach rattling.

From the possession of a sixteen-year-old girl, to the dreams and fore knowledge of a young boy, to Father Lucas’s downward spiral, to dreams that Michael himself has, this movie is a rollercoaster ride.

The Rite is not for everyone, there are several points that the viewer might take umbrage of, but from beginning to end it is captivating. When it comes to demonic possession, that is for each individual to decide. However, if you are in the mood for a dark and creepy movie, I would suggest this one.

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