The Rite (2011)
The Rite Plot Synopsis:Michael, the son of a funeral director grows indifferent to his father and joins a Seminary. On his way to the course completion, he is overwhelmed by a strong lack of faith. His religious beliefs are further jolted when he sees a young girl haplessly dying in a road accident for whom he reluctantly performs the ritual to absolve her sins. His mentor still believes in him and urges him to go to Italy to take an exorcism course hoping that he it would strengthen his faith in Christianity. In Italy he attends a session from Father Xavier who soon becomes aware of his skepticism. As a result he sends him to an eminent Jesuit exorcist, Father Lucas, whose ways though questionable are quite effective. He witnesses the exorcism of a sixteen year old girl but still seems unconvinced. Father Lucas explains to him that it takes multiple sessions over a long stretch of time to completely free a victim from the demon. Despite witnessing some supernatural occurrences during the aforesaid exorcism, Michael is as skeptical as ever. After the second exorcism, the girls condition becomes quite critical as she is moved to a hospital. She soon dies and the demon finds a new victim. As the moment of reckoning draws near, Micheal may be the only hope left but first he must overcome his own doubts and apprehensions in order to fight and destroy the ominous forces.
The Rite (2011) Review
The Rite stars one of my favorite actors, Anthony Hopkins. Hopkins delivers an excellent performance in this duel role. The side of the skeptic is kept in the mix at all times, and I loved the eerie mood maintained throughout the horror movie. This film felt like an excellent companion to The Exorcist. An updated for the modern times and graphically appealing demon movie to watch a few times as replay value is there. The Rite makes good with leaving you questioning yourself about all those demons and angels questions and balancing our modern existence with science. The weirdest scenes are the possession of the pregnant girl and the possession "scary faces" that were created.
The Rite favorite quote: Father Lucas Trevant says "Be careful Michael, choosing not to believe in the devil doesn’t protect you from him."
Inspired by true events, this supernatural thriller follows a seminary student (Colin O’Donoghue) sent to study exorcism at the Vatican in spite of his doubts about the controversial practice and even his faith. Only when sent to apprentice with legendary Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who has performed thousand of exorcisms, does his armor of skepticism begin to fall. Drawn into a troubling case that transcends even Father Lucas’s skill, the young seminarian glimpses a phenomenon science can’t explain or control – and evil so violent and terrifying that it forces him to question everything he believes.
- The Rite Rating Scores
- Our Score: 7
- Overall Score: 5.03
- IMDB: 6.0
- MetaCritic: 3.8
- Rotten Tomatoes: 2.1
About The Rite 2011
Total Avg. Votes: 83,729
The Rite Writers: Michael Petroni, Matt Baglio
The Rite Director: Mikael Håfström, Mikael Håfström
Box Office: $33,037,754
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures/New Line Cinema
Language: English, Welsh, Italian, Latin, Russian, Hung
Country: USA, Hungary, Italy