THE RITE (2010 U.S.) D: MIKAEL HAFSTROM W: MICHAEL PETRONI P: BEAU FLYNN/TRIPP VINSON
Colin O`Donoghue stars as the son of a mortician (Rutger Hauer, who`s very good) who essentially runs away to the seminary despite not really believing in God. Priest Toby Jones (also very good) advises him to take an exorcist`s course (!) in Rome, and he ends up reluctantly observing under an unorthodox Welsh exorcist (Anthony Hopkins, who is most amusing) and learns that the Devil is very real. Ultimately just well-dressed nonsence, and loaded with the expected post-EXORCIST cliches (all demons must spout sexual obscenities), but diverting and rather fun i thought. Both "suggested by" Matt Baglio`s book and "inspired by true events". Anything not shot in Rome was shot in Hungary. With Ciaran Hinds, Marta Gastini and Maria Grazia Cucinotta. The IMDB lists Franco Nero, but i didn`t spot him. From the Swedish director of 1408 and DROWNING GHOST.

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