Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of horror violence, terror, disturbing images, brief strong language, sensuality and thematic elements. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: December 2, 2016 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.
One of the better elements of Incarnate is a short running time of 91 minutes.
Aaron Eckhart stars as Dr Seth Ember, a man in a wheel chair who has developed a method of entering the unconscious mind of a one who is possessed by a dark entity. His dedication stems from an accident he was involved in which took the lives of his wife and son. In this episode of his heroic activity he enters the mind of David Mazouz who plays a kid with a demon controlling his body and his mind. The evil source knows Dr Ember through his haunting of the Doctor concerning the death of his wife and son.
There are various devices with blinking lights and a world which Dr Ember travels in when actively entering the mind of a patient. Catalina Sandino Moreno is the envoy from the Vatican who requests Ember's assistace with the young boy. Dr Ember insists he does not do exorcisms but simply drives the demons out of the mind of the victim, in most cases by having the haunted one dive out a window. It doesn't always work effectively.
The idea of assisting haunted humans by entering their inner mental world was effectively delivered in August of 2000 by Jennifer Lopez in the impressive film The Cell. In The Cell we were treated to lush landscapes, costumes and special effects. The locations were intriguing and the battle more soundly presented. It was one of the better films of 2000. We can't say that anything like that for Incarnate It finds itself a pieced together lost body of work that is neither frightening nor interesting.