Hammy hor­ror for Hop­kins

THE RITE (15)

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - BIG SCREEN - Da­mon Smith

Colin O’Donoghue, An­thony Hop­kins, Alice Braga, Ciaran Hinds.

In­spired by true events, The Rite is a creaky su­per­nat­u­ral thriller that pro­jec­tile vom­its scenes of de­monic pos­ses­sion, fa­mil­iar from The Ex­or­cist and other cin­e­matic bat­tles be­tween men of faith and the Devil. Sem­i­nary stu­dent Michael suffers a cri­sis of faith, and is dis­patched to learn from un­ortho­dox holy man Fa­ther Lu­cas (Hop­kins), who has per­formed thou­sands of spir­i­tual cleans­ings. Con­tact with a pos­sessed preg­nant girl chal­lenges ev­ery­thing that Michael be­lieves in and he seeks sanc­tu­ary in the words of Fa­ther Lu­cas, who warns, “Choos­ing not to be­lieve in the Devil won’t pro­tect you from him.” Di­rec­tor Mikael Haf­strom veers away from cheap shocks, pre­fer­ring a low rum­ble of im­pend­ing doom that never ex­plodes into full-blown ter­ror. Hop­kins is al­ways watch­able but his the­atrics in the fi­nal half-hour are hammy and O’Donoghue fails to coun­ter­bal­ance. Braga is com­pletely re­dun­dant and spends most of a piv­otal scene un­con­scious. Bored au­di­ences won’t be far be­hind her. FAM­ILY WATCH: Swearing, No Sex, Vi­o­lence.

SU­PER­NAT­U­RAL: An­thony Hop­kins as Fa­ther Lu­cas.

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