An evil spirit that changes faces infiltrates one family placing one brother in danger while the other tries to save him.An evil spirit that changes faces infiltrates one family placing one brother in danger while the other tries to save him.An evil spirit that changes faces infiltrates one family placing one brother in danger while the other tries to save him.
Overall, this one was a decent enough if generally forgettable effort. Among its few positives are the sporadic supernatural elements at play here that signal something is happening. The way that the build-up occurs around the family, from the behavior of their neighbor cutting up animals in his house that he writes off as carpet-cutting to the daughter's dream of being abused by their father and the crazed breakfast where the mother gorges herself before threatening everyone, all comes together quite well. The fact that this makes mention of the uncharacteristic behavior they're exhibiting and how everyone starts behaving manages to offer up some interesting action scenes later on where the daughters are chased around the house by demonic doppelgangers of the parents in separate scenes, making it nearly impossible for them to know who to trust when. As well, despite being predictable there's a lot to like here from the exorcism sequences featured. From the first scene of the film where we get the traditionally failed exorcism attempt on the girl in her apartment, there's a rather strong genre atmosphere that gets played into later on. Using the guilt of what happened to the girl for the reluctance to perform the exorcism later on that becomes the point of their encounters as the entire sequence plays off with the idea of whether or not the sins have been effectively resolved. These factors manage to be enough to hold this one up for the most part. There are a few problems with this one. One of the biggest issues is the predictable and cliched story that plays on every single trope found in exorcism efforts. Not only is this one completely obvious about the family getting targeted simply because of the demons' plan to toy with the priest rather than being given a different less obvious motivation. As well, the exorcism scenes with glassy, unnaturally-colored demon eyes, spouting blood from their mouth, cursing in foreign languages and twisting their body into contortionist poses as signs that the individual is possessed and needing to be dealt with causes these scenes to be overly-familiar and less effective than expected. The last problem here is the measured pacing that drags this out way too long than necessary. Despite being a creepy setup, the exploits with the neighbor go nowhere after calling the cops on him which gets resolved off-screen anyway rendering the entire subplot here a waste of time. The scenes involving the other priests in the order arguing over potential rules for exorcism and the problems of citizens falling out of faith with the church serve no purpose here. None of the characters are integral to the plot, there's nothing that develops from them and all they do is disrupt the flow of the film to detail how the Korean diocese goes about its duties, making this one feel slower and longer than it should. Overall, these here are what hold this one back.
Rated Unrated/R: Graphic Language and Graphic Violence.
- Jan 2, 2021