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A Rite Rumpus
on 13 March 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.