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The cinematography in the film is probably the first thing you'll notice visually. The opening of the film makes things like dripping embalming fluid, a swing set on a playground, and an overturned shopping cart seem more interesting than they really are. Rain is an element used fairly often in the film to usually signify when something has gone wrong or is about to. Whether the camera is placed up high to make it seem like you're looking down on the cast from the heavens or down low as if you're looking up at them from the depths of the earth, the rain sequences in the film are definitely some of the most memorable due to the camera work.
This is probably a pretty obvious statement, but the film is worth seeing for Anthony Hopkins alone. It's not that Colin O'Donoghue does poorly since he certainly has a strong screen presence and does a fantastic job carrying the film, but Hopkins just manages to trump that while stealing every scene he's in and rightfully so. Father Lucas Trevant is the strongest and creepiest role Hopkins has played since Hannibal Lecter and his best role overall in years.Read more ›
This slightly less than 2 hour film is well done, sufficiently scary, suspenseful, and reminds us that Satan is the master of illusion. It is also a film about the importance of having faith. Sir Anthony is outstanding in his role as a priest who has been performing exorcisms for some time in Rome. Although I rated the movie an overall "4," Sir Anthony deserves a "10" for his acting (as usual). He not only gets into a role, he BECOMES the role. Colin does a very nice job as the priest candidate whose beliefs are challenged as he meets some of Satan's demons for himself. Rutger has a small role, but as another reviewer already said, it was nice to see him again. Filmed in Hungary and Rome, this show received lots of applause from the audience when it ended.
The real Michael lives in Chicago and there are 14 practicing exorcists in the United States.
Note #1--Please do not bring your young children to the theater with you to see this movie, unless you want them sleeping in your bed for the rest of your life.
Note #2--Even if you do not believe in demonic possession, remember that your perception BECOMES your reality.
Creepy film. Enjoy.
ANTHONY HOPKINS, manages to create a full-bodied character from some very thin material. Matching him every step of the way as a young priest who is beginning to have too many doubts about his faith is COLIN DONOGHUE. He holds his own in every scene with Hopkins, who gives his creepiest performance since "Silence of the Lambs."
A major asset is the film's cinematography, especially for the scenes in and around Rome, and whether photographed in rain or shine. The film, in fact, owes a lot of its spellbinding power to the fantastic camerawork and the delicately haunting background score with its occasional uses of strong chords for shock value.
But it's Hopkins who anchors the film with his very ambiguous portrait of a priest who specializes in exorcism. The main victim is a young girl and her scenes of Devil possession are strikingly handled for maximum effect, but decidedly more low-key than the startling effects in "The Exorcist."
If you lean towards films about the paranormal or occult, handled with Gothic flourishes, you should find THE RITE a rewarding experience. For fans of Anthony Hopkins, they'll be glad to discover that it's his strongest and creepiest performance in years.
Recommended for fans of this genre.
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Anthony Hopkins is my favorite actor and we never miss a movie he is in. This is an excellent scary movie that scares me to the bone because I know that demon possessions are real... Read morePublished 11 days ago by LISA LOU
LOVE this movie! Based on REAL story of training of exorcists in Rome, real priest's story-shows not all exorcisms are as dramatic as Linda Blair's but are still going on today. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary K. O'connor
Anthony Hopkins is magnificent as a benevolent exorcist gone possessed. You can’t go wrong with Sir Hopkins. One of his best roles without all the bells and whistles of “Thor. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Aquafina
One of the worst films I've seen. Bad acting and writing. I actually laughed out loud in several places. Just awful.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The Rite-Finally a Good Catholic Film and not Like the Exorcist with over the top head spinning,Not Family friendly but good film on faith and scary. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jose Lopez
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