The Rite

2011

Action / Drama / Horror / Mystery / Thriller

90
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 21%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 41%
IMDb Rating 6 10 83244

Synopsis


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Cast

Colin O'Donoghue as Michael Kovak
Anthony Hopkins as Father Lucas Trevant
Toby Jones as Father Matthew
720p.BLU
651.10 MB
1280*720
English
PG-13
23.976 fps
1hr 54 min
P/S 6 / 70

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by petit76 8 / 10

Survival of Exorcism sub-genre with the phenomenon acting by a giant actor

The Rite looked like it would be a mixed bag right from the start. The film seemed to suffer the same fate many other films before it fell victim to and that's giving away too much of the storyline in the trailers. On top of that, it was a film that revolved around exorcism which is a subject that usually leads to disappointing results. Expectations would lead one to believe that The Rite would have enough momentum to reel you in only to drop the ball during its finale similar to last year's The Last Exorcism (except hopefully without the appearance of a neon red, glow in the dark fetus). Luckily, the film has a few surprises up its sleeve.

The cinematography in the film is probably the first thing you'll notice visually. The opening of the film makes things like dripping embalming fluid, a swing set on a playground, and an overturned shopping cart seem more interesting than they really are. Rain is an element used fairly often in the film to usually signify when something has gone wrong or is about to. Whether the camera is placed up high to make it seem like you're looking down on the cast from the heavens or down low as if you're looking up at them from the depths of the earth, the rain sequences in the film are definitely some of the most memorable due to the camera work.

This is probably a pretty obvious statement, but the film is worth seeing for Anthony Hopkins alone. It's not that Colin O'Donoghue does poorly since he certainly has a strong screen presence and does a fantastic job carrying the film, but Hopkins just manages to trump that while stealing every scene he's in and rightfully so. Father Lucas Trevant is the strongest and creepiest role Hopkins has played since Hannibal Lecter and his best role overall in years. It's just amazing seeing a man in his seventies give a performance that's this physical and this absorbing. Speaking of distinguished actors, it was nice seeing Rutger Hauer as well even if it was just for a small role.

The dream sequences and hallucinations in the film may have been my hands down favorite. I've always been a fan of the surreal, the imaginative, the creative, and the things that don't seem to make sense at first but gain meaning as the film or story progresses. I never thought I'd find myself intrigued with the actions of a mule or that frogs could have an even deeper meaning than what you're probably expecting, but The Rite accomplishes this very well.

Thankfully, The Rite delivers an exorcism film that is actually worth seeing. It'll probably be forgotten about in a year filled with so many blockbuster film releases, but considering that January and February are usually filled with such monstrous duds at the box office The Rite manages to surpass expectations. While the film does seem rather reminiscent of The Last Exorcism and borrows the atmosphere from the Heath Ledger film The Order, The Rite is actually a better experience overall. With an engrossing performance by Anthony Hopkins along with a fairly strong cast all around, its fantastic cinematography, surreal dream sequences, and a satisfying conclusion that doesn't hint at a sequel, The Rite is actually a surprisingly decent film all around. Evren Buyruk

Reviewed by Davis P 4 / 10

A pretty dull movie

The Rite (2011) is a scary movie that centers around a seminary student and his being sent to Rome to take an exorcism course. Of course like with any horror film, when the student gets there, strange and unexplainable things begin to happen. The seminary student is played by Colin O'Donoghue, whom some might know as hook from Once upon a time. I like him a lot as an actor and I thought he was a good pick for his character, he did a good job in this movie. He was actually my favorite thing about the film. Also, we have Anthony Hopkins. Hopkins plays Father Lucas, a priest that is sort of mentoring Colin O'Donoghue's character. He teaches him about exorcisms, how to perform them and what all they are about. Hopkins is a magnificent actor, very skilled in his craft. His performance wasn't bad here, but I do feel that his character was underused and I think if the screenplay would have allowed him more depth, then I would feel more connected to his character. That's where the real issue lies with this film. The screenplay. It is dull and just doesn't give the characters enough depth. Also, the events that go on in the movie just aren't interesting enough, I found myself not really caring a whole lot about what was happening. The only time I actually got interested was when Colin O'Donoghue's character was in potential danger towards the end. I wasn't a fan of the pacing either, things just kind of happened and it felt a little disjointed to me. Colin O'Donoghue was the only good thing about this movie. I don't recommend wasting your time on this one. 4/10.

Reviewed by pulga_negra 8 / 10

Great movie that causes scares

This is an excellent terror movie. It is not too deep but deep enough to provoke scares, thoughts and entertaining reactions. Anthony Hopkins stars as an aloof and eccentric exorcist, in Catholic Rome. He is sent a confused student for shadowing, who ends up having to help the exorcist who becomes possessed. It is all better than it sounds, with some great acting, scenery, scares, tension and possessions. This film will appeal more to, and impress, viewers open to this kind of religious thriller but here lies a decent drama with several scary and tense moments.

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