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The Rite (2011)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 28 January 2011 (USA)
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An American seminary student travels to Italy to take an exorcism course.

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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... Written by who knows

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material, violence, frightening images, and language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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$37,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,789,393 (USA) (30 January 2011)

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$33,047,633 (USA)
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The first trailer for the film featured music from Wojciech Kilar's score of Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), which also featured Sir Anthony Hopkins. See more »

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When the girl is struggling with the demon in the hospital a sonogram of the fetus is shown several times, but there is no ultrasonograph present in the room. See more »

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[first lines]
Man#1: Don't be afraid.
Man#2: Do you believe in sin?
Woman: [whispering] There's nothing to believe.
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The Warner Brothers logo breaks apart and reforms as the New Line Cinema logo. A voice says "Don't be afraid. Do you believe in sin? There's nothing to believe in." See more »

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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.1 (2011) See more »

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Don't Miss Me
Written by Derek Trucks and Michael Mattison
Performed by The Derek Trucks Band
Courtesy of Victor Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Inspired by true events story that is interesting but not exciting
31 January 2011 | by (Saint Louis, MO) – See all my reviews

While I was always waiting to see what happened next and interested in how the good guys would overcome the challenges they faced I felt completely detached from the main character, Michael Kovak. I don't need to like the main character but I still need to connect. Unfortunately, Michael was very emotionally inaccessible and therefore I never really cared for him.

On a positive note, Anthony Hopkins had a very good performance and the little field trips that he took the "doubter" on were some of the best parts of the movie. I loved how Kovak hung on to his doubt even when faced with an example of the possessed knowing the unknowable. The pacing was slow and gradually ratcheted up the tension as it went along. For some this may be boring but I was comfortable with it as it made the events unfolding feel natural instead of forced or rushed.

Overall, it was an alright movie that could have been great but just wasn't.


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