Rated: PG-13 Reviewed by: Nina Release date: January 28, 2011 Released by: New Line Cinema
Most times, these types of movies are advertised with the scary moments in the trailers to make you believe it will be action packed and gruesome, not the case with The Rite. It was very well acted and limited in the demonic-possession and gross-out factors, instead it makes you think and debate and question. Based on true events and people and set in Rome, all of these elements play a part in this thought provoking movie.
Anthony Hopkins gets better with age and every role he plays seems to add another nuance to his persona. He is giving the aging male actor a good name and lends his voice, his manner and his acting to this movie that makes it well worth watching. This film is about the question a young man faces with the unknown path of his life, whether or not to let the experience he has had steer him onto the obvious road or away from what is obviously his true path.
Young Colin O'Donaghue makes his character likable and you cheer for him to believe, which is the basic question of the film. Do you have to believe in order to fight good vs. evil or will being a skeptic help you? When faced with these seemingly "possessed" individuals, this young priest on the verge of taking his vows, at first tries to use his schooling in psychology to diagnose and reason away the bizarre events he witnesses. After befriending a priest, one well-versed in this demonic exorcism, he begins to question his decision to abandon the priesthood.
His life experiences, the people he meets and the events that transpire are well played, it is a little slow at times but gives you time to think about and embrace the messages in the movie. When the film is done, you are left thinking hard about the question of the fight to see your true calling and what we have to endure and accept to live within in it.