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The Rite Out of Wrongs,
This review is from: The Rite [DVD]  (DVD)
When I went to see the film, I was reading Matt Baglio's book the Rite, and didn't know the movie was based on the book, it was a pleasant surprise, though the movie is in many ways different from the book, especially the book is more into the exorcism procedures and cases without a straight story.
The movie is dark and eerie, yet there is a kind of serenity throughout the film; the towering personality of Anthony Hopkins could be the reason. He managed Father Lucas Trevant, the legendary exorcist brilliantly, even in his wildest moments. Director Mikael Håfström steered the Rite into a steady progressing path with subtle humour, he is trying to be faithful to Baglio's book and trying to tell an engrossing story where the hunter became hunted. Colin O'Donoghue's young skeptical priest Michael Kovak is also great, he is the son of Istvan Kovak - a brief appearance by Rutger Hauer, the other side of the story is Michael's struggle with faith.
Unlike Exorcist and a host of Hollywood horror movies, the Rite is more like an intellectual exercise which means no pea soup. Enjoy the film, it's a film you can go through despite the dark ambiance and subject matter.