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The Rite (2011)

Director:
Mikael Håfström
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Thriller/Horror
NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Rite
RUNNING TIME
113 minutes
Producer:
Beau Flynn
Tripp Vinson
Screenwriter:
Matt Baglio
Michael Petroni


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Michael Kovak Colin O'Donoghue
Father Lucas Anthony Hopkins
Angelina Vargas Alice Bragga
Istvan Kovak Rutger Hauer
Rosaria Marta Gastini
Aunt Andria Maria Grazia Cucinotta
Father Xavier Ciarán Hinds
Father Matthew Toby Jones

 

Review

Anthony Hopkins' bravura physical performance as a semi-burnt-out exorcist keeps this thematically rehashed film, about possessing demons and various members of the clergy trying to fight them off, half afloat. There is little else inspiring though, neither in the weary, long-winded script, nor in Swedish Mikael Håfström's sleepy direction. The film lacks edge in most every way possible, and tries half-heartedly to compensate with stylish sets, Freudian explanations and forceful acting. The latter is the most effective of the three, with young Italian actress Marta Gastini putting in a sparkling perfomance next to Hopkins'.

 

Copyright © 18.8.2011 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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