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The Rite

Inspired by true events, "The Rite" follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O`Donoghue), who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While he`s in Rome, Michael meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who introduces him to the darker side of his faith, uncovering the devil`s reach even to one of the holiest places on Earth.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: NC16
Release Date: 10 Feb 2011
Genre: Thriller / Drama / Horror
Running Time: 1 Hour 54 Minutes
Distributor: WARNER BROS
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Colin O'Donoghue, Alice Braga, Ciaran Hinds, Toby Jones
Director: Mikael Hafstrom
Format: NA

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Watch this if you liked: “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”, “Devil”, “The Exorcist”

Fancy a holistic approach to the paranormal and inexplicable demonic possession, much different than the ones before? "The Rite" intends to bring the answers to such question and this movie brings an insight to the coveted Vatican and the haunting reality of the devil and its trickery towards mankind. It is inspired by living individuals Father Kovak and his mentor Father Lucas.

The story begins with a mortician's son named Michael Kovak who helps his father perform the eerily unique tasks of preparing cadavers for their funeral processions. He decides to pursue his studies to become a priest but at the moment when he starts to question by having doubts on his own beliefs, God's calling comes to change his mind. Despite all that, Michael remains a sceptic and he was sent to Rome to train as an exorcist. Chains of events lead him to Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins) who will open Michael's doubtful heart to embrace his calling.

Despite bringing a little bit more from the usual possession cases on silver screens, "The Rite" fails to carry the supposedly heavy-themed storyline to a comfortable rhythm and it falls behind painfully slow. The saviour of this movie would only be Anthony Hopkin's remarkable acting, in which one scene has his character pokes fun at the fabricated possession signs as portrayed in "The Exorcist" movie. If one looks closely enough, there are quite a few of subliminal messages that will make some of the audience question their own inner strength such as the dream scenes and eerily odd circumstances featured to bring the message of the devil as a deceiver. Besides that, there are some sneak peeks to the insights of Vatican City for the curious souls out there.

Regardless, viewers do not need to understand Christian demonology or being a Christian to catch the drift of this movie. Recommended for fans of exorcism and demonic possession-themed movies, moviegoers who crave for a decent horror treat as well as fans of Anthony Hopkins.

Cinema Online, 16 February 2011
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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