The Rite is a thought-provoking, daunting tale that will question one’s resolve and test their beliefs. The movie is a suspense-filled story of the constant battle between good and evil. The film stars Anthony Hopkins (Thor), Colin O’ Donaghue (Will Decembers), Alice Braga (Repo Men), Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger), Rutger Hugher (Batman Begins).
The Rite is a startling peak into the unknown. The film is the latest Hollywood take on exorcism and possession. The Rite is a fear inducing story of the Devil’s constant attempts to claim his stake in the world of the living through possession. The movie is inspired by true events, suggested from a book by Matt Baglio. The film is based on the true story of a possession that was foiled by a man who questioned his faith. It is the story of a young son of a mortician that becomes a priest in order to escape the trappings of the family business.
The film is composed of a number of eerie, riveting images from the outset. The movie tries to inject a level of hysteria from the opening credits that features an eerie voiceover stating “Don’t be afraid.” This immediately sets the tone for a scary film, however, The Rite never truly utilizes that great set up. What “The Rite” does is that it stimulates a good level of thought as the film will force you to question reality since some of the images used in The Rite are from everyday occurrences. The film’s reality-based concept inspires one to question every instance that could remind you of what transpires in The Rite.
Anthony Hopkins is at his usual witty best. He completely charms the audience as he usually does. His role as Father Lucas Trevant was not one of his greatest, but it is still entertaining enough to carry the film. His performance as the possessed priest holds the audiences for the duration of The Rite. Colin O’Donahue was acceptable as the focus of the film. His depiction of the logic-based, seminary student Michael Kovicks was believable. It wasn’t a great performance, but it was satisfactory.
The Rite provides an insightful glimpse to the inner workings of one of the world’s most sacred organizations. The film provides a look at the what transpires within the religious sect. The movie shows a side of the church that is not known to many and that few believe to exist. The Rite showcases the tactics that the church has taken to confront the never ending battle between good and evil.
The Rite truly lacks the scare factor to even be considered a horror film. The chills are scarce and this can hardly be considered a true horror film. It is more of a suspense film than anything. The film goes through painstaking lengths to set up the climax of the film but it never truly inspires a level of fear. Even the climax was lacking in the scare department. The film induces a great level of suspense as it creates an extremely dark mood but the chills are extremely rare. The Rite isn’t a bad movie but it’s no where near a horror film in the true sense of the genre. While it is laced with a number of scary elements, it shouldn’t be considered a horror film. True fans of the horror genre will consider this movie to be a failure. However, to more contemporary movie lovers and because of the insight it provides as well as an increased level of awareness that it inspires, The Rite should satisfy one of those boring nights at home.