Dominion - Prequel to the Exorcist (2005) Movie Review

Dominion - Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)

2005 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama
117 minutes /

User Score: 70/100


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Dominion - Prequel to the Exorcist Review

Synopsis:

Years before Father Lancaster Merrin helped save Regan MacNeil's soul, he first encounters the demon Pazuzu in East Africa. Merrin's initial battle with Pazuzu leads to the rediscovery of his faith.

Dominion - Prequel to the Exorcist (2005) is an American supernatural drama horror film that is an original prequel to The Exorcist (1973) and is also the fifth entry in The Exorcist series. Director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), Affliction (1997), American Gigolo (1980)) did what he was supposed to do, and that follows the storyline. I love the twist that was thrown at us and felt that Paul gave us engaging plot turns with powerful and eerie moments.

Lankester Merrin (Stellan Skarsgard - Good Will Hunting (1997), The Avengers (2012), Thor (2011), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)) is an archaeologist, and he is a Catholic priest on the side that lost his faith. Merrin’s mind is not at peace because he is haunted by a past choice he had to make during World War II in Holland. He excavated a church that was buried to the rooftop in the sand in Northern Kenya that was dated back to the Byzantine period which was hundreds of years before Christianity. The local tribesmen were furious because as the church was slowly being exposed so was the madness descending on the camp. The tribesman will fight to the end to bury the church even if it means going to war.

Young Cheche (Billy Crawford - A Second Chance (2015), Moron 5.2: The Transformation (2014), Momzillas ( 2013), Moron 5 and the Crying Lady (2012)) is a disabled boy that is possessed by the devil. Possessed Cheche makes Merrin question his beliefs as chaos strikes the camp leaving dead bodies everywhere. It was great to see the little boy heal but at the same time, it was harsh seeing the world surrounding him deteriorate.

Exorcist Dominion was a slow paced but evenly paced movie that irks me in the right ways making me think twice about using the bathroom in the middle of the night while everyone is asleep - it did what it was supposed to - scare the crap out of me. The film crew approached to the evil/supernatural forces surrounding the characters, and it was executed magnificently well. The characters were compelling, especially Merrin, who lost faith in God and carried the burden of a devastation for several years only to find faith in God again - that was captivating touching and emotional for me. Merrin’s character saved the film from being a big fail, and he is one of the reasons why I gave this movie a five. The film did not receive a higher score than a five because it had the potential to do better and not just the bare minimum to get through. The set designs were fantastic especially the underground church which sent chills through my body and most of the movie was lusciously shot, but there was also crappy CGI.


About Dominion - Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)

Title: Dominion - Prequel to the Exorcist
Original Title: Dominion, Exorcist: The Original Prequel, Paul Schrader's Exorcist: The Beginning, Paul Schrader's Exorcist: The Original Prequel
AKA: Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist
Year: 2005
Runtime: 117 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama
Reviewer:
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 3.5/5 stars from 10 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 10
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Stellan Skarsgård, Ralph Brown, Antonie Kamerling, Marcello Santoni, Julian Wadham, Andrew French, Rick Warden, Eddie Osei, Israel Oyelumade, Oliver Maltman, Clara Bellar, Griet van Damme, Simon McLinden, Pet Chege, Hamadi Mwapachu, Evelyn Duah, Michele Mariotti, Ben Meyjes, Gabriel Mann, Omari Carter, Adrian Black, Billy Crawford, Nick Komornicki, Ilario Bisi-Pedro, Niall Refoy, Lorenzo Camporese, Burt Caesar
Writers: William Wisher Jr., Caleb Carr
Director: Paul Schrader

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