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The Rite [DVD] [2011]

Anthony Hopkins , Alice Braga , Mikael Håfström    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Alice Braga, Ciarán Hinds, Toby Jones, Rutger Hauer
  • Directors: Mikael Håfström
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Jun 2011
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LRO17Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,815 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Anthony Hopkins is a veteran exorcist who shows a novice the tricks of the trade, so to speak, in The Rite, a decidedly sober supernatural thriller about demonic possession that stands in stark contrast to the gymnastic pyrotechnics of The Exorcism of Emily Rose and The Last Exorcism. Colin O'Donoghue is the new-minted priest with a truckload of familial baggage (as a boy, father Rutger Hauer showed him his mother's corpse shortly before preparation in the family's funeral business) and a sincere crisis of faith. His adviser (Ciarán Hinds) ships him off to Rome, where he studies under Hopkins, who treats the dismissal of evil forces like a not particularly strenuous therapy session. But when a young pregnant woman turns up with a nasty case of the Devil inside, the tables are quickly turned, and O'Donoghue is forced to ply his training in an actual confrontation with demonic forces. Director Mikael Håfström has an extraordinary visual eye for malevolence in architecture, and his pacing and restraint in delivering full-bore shocks are admirable. Unfortunately, the result is somewhat stillborn, never quite fulfilling its promise as a thinking person's exorcism film, and instead hoping that meaningful glances and mounting shadows will suffice as atmosphere. Hopkins is also restrained in his performance, which works in its early stages--his post-Silence of the Lambs roles have hinged so often on operatic rages that one forgets what a subtle actor he can be--but falters in his later scenes, which require him to deliver the film's central chills. The Rite is a notable effort that simply doesn't translate beyond the page. --Paul Gaita

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The Rite is a supernatural thriller that uncovers the Devil’s reach to even one of the holiest places on Earth.

Inspired by true events, the film follows seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donoghue), who is sent to study exorcism at the Vatican in spite of his own doubts about the controversial practice and even his own faith.  Wearing his deep skepticism like armor, Michael challenges his superiors to look to psychiatry, rather than demons, in treating the possessed.

Only when he’s sent to apprentice with the unorthodox Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins)--a legendary priest who has performed thousands of exorcisms--does Michael’s armor begin to fall.  As he is drawn into a troubling case that seems to transcend even Father Lucas’s skill, he begins to glimpse a phenomenon science can’t explain or control…and an evil so violent and terrifying that it forces him to question everything he believes. 

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Rite Rumpus 13 Mar 2011
This film is physically and, as you would expect, metaphorically dark. A young, sceptical novitiate priest with a troubled childhood is posted to Rome to learn the arcane arts of exorcism.
He soon meets the voice of experience played by Antony Hopkins and sees some "real" exorcisms. Hopkins' performance and the movie generally have been panned by the critics but I think that is pretty unfair. I was reasonably gripped for the whole of the running time and Hopkins' "large" performance is perfectly reasonable in the context of this film.
This isn't The Exorcist or even The Exorcism of Emily Rose but it is a very workmanlike movie which is more conspiracy thriller than occult horror, and none the worse for that.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Rite turned out to be all wrong. 22 Aug 2011
The RITE was one of these `based on true events' horrors, that turned out to be a little under-whelming... OK a lot under-whelming.

If you're expecting anything as scary as The Exorcist or The Omen, you can forget it. The film was a pretty mediocre watch from start to finish, and the horror was anything but horrifying.

The scenes of possession were nothing new, and had all been done (much better) in other films about possession, and even Anthony Hopkins' performance was well below par for a man of his acting ability.

The film itself was a slow ride heading towards one final set piece which - admittedly was good... well, slightly above par; but it wasn't enough to justify the two or so hours I'd wasted before hand.

All in all - it was a completely acceptable watch. Just not very scary and a bit flat throughout.

The BluRay extras too, were a little disappointing, with a short 10 minute film explaining events that lead to the script being written... except it didn't really explain anything at all. The topic would have made for quite a nice documentary I think, and this was another missed chance by the producers.

I give this film 6 out of 10. Watch it on TV by all means. But don't buy it...

Also, it's worth pointing out that although this is a triple play pack (Blu Ray, DVD & digital DL), the digital download has a expiration date on it. It's only meant for people buying the film close to the release date, so if you're thinking of buying this now and hoping to download it to your iphone or media player or something - you could well be disappointed.

Disappointed. A word that I find synonymous with the film. In the end, The Rite turned out to be all wrong.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I put a spell on you 31 July 2011
By bernie VINE VOICE
Because you're mine

Antony Hopkins was really possessed with playing the part. Colin O'Donoghue spends most of his time walking around looking confused. Alice Braga is too cute for the part and almost distracting from the spooky scenes.

The story itself is just the old rehash of belief and disbelief. Of a coming of age story for many involved. Parts of the dialog are tongue-in -cheek as they make reference to the original exorcist movie. Lots of spooky ambiance and not an over done sound track. It is the acting and actors that give the good rating to this presentation.

Remember the possession is nine tenths of the law.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely loved the film.The movie house was packed out and by the screams and gasps from the audience ,they loved it too.
The filming of the locations made the film even for macabre.
I think this shows Anthony Hopkins in a new light .His talents far far exceed any actor or actress in this film .
This movie MUST be seen just for the acting of Anthony Hopkins alone.
I give the film 5 stars as I see it as going down in history as a classic movie and the return to greatness of Sir Anthony Hopkins or
Anthony Hopkins as he like his fans to call him.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hopkins Excels in excellent film! 4 Mar 2011
I went the cinema not expecting much after reading many negative reviews. However, on leaving the cinema I heard people saying how good it was and how much they had enjoyed it. Hopkins is an absolute Joy playing a priest and some scenes are so well filmed that I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat smiling! My girlfriend was genuinely scared at times and I must admit some parts did have my heart beating and I did jump a few times. The scene with Hopkins blessing a young girl is just fantastic and the gasps from the audience highlighted to me the effect it had.

Forget all the negative "pro" reviews. Think Hannibal Lecter fighting Demons in Rome and you will really enjoy the film. 5 Stars!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ignore The Press Reviews 5 Mar 2011
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I was really looking forward to this film but after reading the reviews in the press I went with lessened expectations.
Simply put, this is a very good film tackling doubt in faith as much as the age old battle between good and evil.
This is not the Exorcist, their is no projectile vomiting and rotating heads. What you get though is a good suspense film, well acted and superbly shot.
Given that the basis of this film is based on fact with a fair helping of fiction, this film is thought provoking as well as entertaining. I am looking forward to seeing this again when the dvd is released.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The biggest scheme 23 Aug 2014
The biggest scheme the Devil ever pulled was the trailer to “The Rite”. It sure looked promising, but the film never really delivered. Perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised, since the concept is terribly unrealistic to begin with!

An atheist-sceptic trains for the Catholic priesthood (despite not believing an iota of the Bible and Tradition), and ends up at an exorcist course in Rome, where he befriends a devil-possessed exorcist, portrayed by Anthony Hopkins (OK, he was perfect for the part). After some supernatural haunting, including by a red-eyed mule (!), the sceptic becomes a priest-for-real, while the Devil presumably retreats into the woodworks. And yes, cats really are on the wrong side of the eternal battle.

The plot holes are obvious, the film is dragging, some twists are never explored in depth (what about the investigative reporter infiltrating the exorcist course?), and the horror scenes just aren't scary enough. But sure, it's interesting that “The Rite” seems to be relative positive towards Catholicism and exorcism, compared to “The Da Vinci Code” and other blockbusters. Still, only worth one or two stars in my opinion…
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Scary film.but Anthony brilliant.
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Published 2 months ago by MICHAEL LOWSLEY-WILLIAMS
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Excellent, being a serious fan of sir Anthony Hopkins I watch everything that he stars in, after watching the rite It is great to see he's back in form
Published 3 months ago by S. L. Knight
3.0 out of 5 stars You can only defeat it when you believe.
Michael, the son of a funeral director grows indifferent to his father and joins a Seminary. On his way to the course completion, he is overwhelmed by a strong lack of faith. Read more
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