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The Rite
Monday, 31 January 2011 11:54

The RiteThe Rite has a right to take credit as being Anthony Hopkins strongest and most memorable performance since his glory days as Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs. That’s not to say Hopkins is ever really bad, but the material doesn’t always live up to the man – The Wolfman, for example, wasn’t exactly a career highlight. The Rite may not make movie history, but it gives Hopkins a role that is meaty, physical, emotional, and yes, creepy.

Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donoghue) is the handsome son of a mortician who would literally rather join the priesthood than take over the family business. So he does – signing his life to the clergy for a chance to escape and get an education in a country far away from daddy. Faith isn’t what drives him, so heO'Donoghue and Hopkins figures after a few years of study he’ll turf the cloth and be done with it once and for all, free to live his own life.

Of course, that wouldn’t make much of a movie – so a series of events convince Michael to stick it out a few more months when he is sent to Rom to study the rite of exorcism. His skeptisism is challenged when he meets Father Lucas Trevant (Hopkins), a long practicing exorcist who exposes him to horrors he never believed existed.

This is one of the better mainstream horror films I’ve seen in a while, and certainly one of the best about Exorcism - Not your typical day at the office.exorcism, which seems to be trendy in the last few years. Another good one of recent years was The Exorcism of Emily Rose, which also had strong performances and script. Goes to show that good writing goes a long way to sending chills up and down your spine.

The Rite features beautiful filming, the spectacular scenes of Rome, and some very cool surreal dream sequences that really add to the tone of the movie.

Overall, The Rite is well worth a watch if you want a film that will give you the shivers and keep you guessing the whole way through.


Directed by Mikael Hafstrom, Starring Anthony Hopkins and Colin O’Donoghue

Based on the book The Making of a Modern Exorcist, by Matt Baglio, who was witness to several real-life exorcisms performed by Father Gary Thomas.

Anthony Hopkins will next appear as the Norse god Odin, in the film Thor.