The Rite (2011)
Whew! We had encountered post exhibit stress while completing our egress that I wanted to unwind with a good movie. Unfortunately, Black Swan wouldn’t be showing until the 25th. I decided to settle on The Rite, starring Anthony Hopkins, instead.
I don’t usually watch horror movies, because I’m easily scared, but I was so sleepy I thought that if things got unbearable, I would just sleep through all of it. Well…I wouldn’t exactly call it a horror movie because it didn’t feel like one. While slow-paced — enough to induce sleep (felt my eyes closing sometimes) — it actually gave interesting insights on exorcisms and the questions that arise regarding demonic possessions.
Even though I’ve seen similar flicks — Stigmata and The Order come to mind — I like that they didn’t romanticize the film and went straight ahead with issues of faith and many other internal battles. Anthony Hopkins and Colin O’Donoghue, playing Father Lucas and soon-to-be-priest Michael Kovak respectively, delivered powerful performances without going over the top. That helped get the message across.
The Rite is based on The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, a book written by Matt Baglio. The author penned the manuscript based on exorcism seminars he attended at the Vatican. Despite the movie’s flaws, I believe in its merits, since it made me curious about the book and exorcism in general.
Oh yeah, I didn’t realize that there were cuts until I saw the trailer in YouTube. I did notice the little skips, though I thought that they were intentional.