The Rite (2011)

The Rite is one of the best films that deals with exorcism, but it’s much more than that.  In fact, The Rite is just as much a movie about it’s main character and the sincerity of his faith as it is about exorcism (you can’t exorcise it if you don’t believe in it).  This gives the film an interesting perspective keeping it from being just another horror flick.

The film’s narrative moves at an excellent pace and it deserves credit for it’s acting, cinematography, production design and special effects.  There are no spinning heads or people crawling up walls and along ceilings, but don’t worry, it’s replete with the creepy/scary/thrilling moments that you’d expect.

What I like most about the movie is the character development, but that should be no surprise if you’re familiar with my brother’s Rule No. 1.   Regardless, it’s good from any perspective.  Frankly I don’t understand why so many critics have panned this film, but you know how I feel about that as well.

The long and the short of it is I strongly recommend this film.

7/9

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