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The Rite

The Rite
  • 2011
  • US
  • 15
  • Directed by: Mikael Håfström
  • Written by: Michael Petroni
  • Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Colin O'Donoghue, Alice Braga

Doubtful US priest Michael Kovak (O'Donoghue) is recruited to travel to Rome to join the Pope's secret army of exorcists. After some old fashioned frights it quickly becomes boring as the script bogs down in theological discussions. Despite a strong cast and expensive production it's still just a hoary variation on The Exorcist.

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The Rite - Demonic possession thriller bogged down by script

18 Feb 20113 stars

Anthony Hopkins, Rutger Hauer and Colin O'Donoghue fail to escape The Exorcist's shadow

(15) 113min ‘What did you expect, spinning heads and pea-soup?’ asks Vatican-approved exorcist Father Lucas Trevant (Anthony Hopkins) in Mikael Håfström’s demonic possession thriller, which initially offers a sober take on a horror genre that usually…

The Rite - The human obsession with possession

18 Feb 2011

Latest in line of films exploring possession of the body, spirit and soul

We know that modern society is obsessed with ownership – fancy electrical goods, high fashion and general clutter. But there’s another form of possession with which people have been obsessed for a very long time. It’s possession of the body, the spirit…

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