1 hour, 52 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for disturbing thematic material, violence, frightening images, and language including sexual references.
Anthony Hopkins ...
Colin O'Donoghue ...
Alice Braga ...
Ciarán Hinds ...
Toby Jones ...
Rutger Hauer ...
| Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue) completes seminary school and
intends to resign, but a pushy priest (Toby Jones) coaxes him into
traveling to Rome to train as an exorcist. There, Michael finds his
natural skepticism getting in the way of his classes, so his instructor
sends him to meet Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), a working exorcist
with more unorthodox methods. He continues to doubt, second-guessing the
things he sees, and a pretty, equally skeptical journalist (Alice Braga)
realizing that she may have an interesting story, tries to get Michael to talk about his experiences. But more and more weird
things begin to happen to Michael that are too close to home. And the filmmakers hope that you will begin to wonder if he
will find his faith in time to save himself? But the question becomes - do you really care?
Director Mikael Håfström ("Derailed") manages to serve up at least one
chillingly spooky sequence full of shadows and sounds, but with the main focus of The Rite on the bland young priest, whose character first doesn't believe, then he does, you'll find yourself losing interest rather quickly. The usually excellent Alice Braga has little to do as the girl reporter; however, there are a bunch of wonderful character actors like Rutger
Hauer, Ciaran Hinds and Toby Jones , but they are almost completely wasted in this poorly plotted story, with its over-the-top climax and an almost complete lack of chills.