Hammy horror for Hopkins
THE RITE (15)
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.