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The Rite [Blu-ray]


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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004EPYZOE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,638 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Inspired by true events, this supernatural thriller follows a seminary student (Colin O'Donoghue) sent to study exorcism at the Vatican in spite of his own doubts about the controversial practice and even his own faith. Only when sent to apprentice with legendary Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who has performed thousand of exorcisms, does his armor of skepticism begin to fall. Drawn into a troubling case that seems to transcend even Father Lucas's skill, the young seminarian glimpses 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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By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 11 2013
Format: Blu-ray
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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By appcojoe on Aug. 3 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
It was a good movie, it wasnt the classic hopkins type of role but we enjoyed it.
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By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 31 2011
Format: DVD
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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Josee St-Germain on July 1 2014
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Un peu épeurant, mais j'aime bien ce genre de film. Anthony Hopkins est excellent dans son rôle d'exorciseur. À voir
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94 of 102 people found the following review helpful
Satanic Activity/Demonic Possession/Exorcism Jan. 30 2011
By Kathy W - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I just saw this in the theater and it was excellent! Our story begins with a Catholic mortician (Rutger Hauer) and his young son, Michael (Colin O'Donoghue). Fast forward about 10 years, Michael is a man and leaves the Kovak & Son family business to study to become a priest. Four years later, Michael is graduating the seminary college but is very confused about his future. He has not taken his final vows when he is sent to Rome for two weeks training on The Rite of Exorcism. When he is encouraged to meet the less orthodox Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), he sets out on a path of understanding that far exceeds his expectation that demonic possession is just a psychological condition.

This slightly less than 2 hour film is well done, sufficiently scary, suspenseful, and reminds us that Satan is the master of illusion. It is also a film about the importance of having faith. Sir Anthony is outstanding in his role as a priest who has been performing exorcisms for some time in Rome. Although I rated the movie an overall "4," Sir Anthony deserves a "10" for his acting (as usual). He not only gets into a role, he BECOMES the role. Colin does a very nice job as the priest candidate whose beliefs are challenged as he meets some of Satan's demons for himself. Rutger has a small role, but as another reviewer already said, it was nice to see him again. Filmed in Hungary and Rome, this show received lots of applause from the audience when it ended.

The real Michael lives in Chicago and there are 14 practicing exorcists in the United States.

Note #1--Please do not bring your young children to the theater with you to see this movie, unless you want them sleeping in your bed for the rest of your life.

Note #2--Even if you do not believe in demonic possession, remember that your perception BECOMES your reality.

Creepy film. Enjoy.
106 of 119 people found the following review helpful
Anthony Hopkins at his best Jan. 27 2011
By C. Sawin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The Rite looked like it would be a mixed bag right from the start. The film seemed to suffer the same fate many other films before it fell victim to and that's giving away too much of the storyline in the trailers. On top of that, it was a film that revolved around exorcism which is a subject that usually leads to disappointing results. Expectations would lead one to believe that The Rite would have enough momentum to reel you in only to drop the ball during its finale similar to last year's The Last Exorcism (except hopefully without the appearance of a neon red, glow in the dark fetus). Luckily, the film has a few surprises up its sleeve.

The cinematography in the film is probably the first thing you'll notice visually. The opening of the film makes things like dripping embalming fluid, a swing set on a playground, and an overturned shopping cart seem more interesting than they really are. Rain is an element used fairly often in the film to usually signify when something has gone wrong or is about to. Whether the camera is placed up high to make it seem like you're looking down on the cast from the heavens or down low as if you're looking up at them from the depths of the earth, the rain sequences in the film are definitely some of the most memorable due to the camera work.

This is probably a pretty obvious statement, but the film is worth seeing for Anthony Hopkins alone. It's not that Colin O'Donoghue does poorly since he certainly has a strong screen presence and does a fantastic job carrying the film, but Hopkins just manages to trump that while stealing every scene he's in and rightfully so. Father Lucas Trevant is the strongest and creepiest role Hopkins has played since Hannibal Lecter and his best role overall in years. It's just amazing seeing a man in his seventies give a performance that's this physical and this absorbing. Speaking of distinguished actors, it was nice seeing Rutger Hauer as well even if it was just for a small role.

The dream sequences and hallucinations in the film may have been my hands down favorite. I've always been a fan of the surreal, the imaginative, the creative, and the things that don't seem to make sense at first but gain meaning as the film or story progresses. I never thought I'd find myself intrigued with the actions of a mule or that frogs could have an even deeper meaning than what you're probably expecting, but The Rite accomplishes this very well.

Thankfully, The Rite delivers an exorcism film that is actually worth seeing. It'll probably be forgotten about in a year filled with so many blockbuster film releases, but considering that January and February are usually filled with such monstrous duds at the box office The Rite manages to surpass expectations. While the film does seem rather reminiscent of The Last Exorcism and borrows the atmosphere from the Heath Ledger film The Order, The Rite is actually a better experience overall. With an engrossing performance by Anthony Hopkins along with a fairly strong cast all around, its fantastic cinematography, surreal dream sequences, and a satisfying conclusion that doesn't hint at a sequel, The Rite is actually a surprisingly decent film all around.
40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Hypnotically fascinating...intense thriller with strong performance from Anthony Hopkins... Feb. 4 2011
By N. Doyle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
THE RITE may well have produced some mixed reviews, but I have to admit that having just seen it at my local multiplex theater, I found it a gripping enough experience although I was not particularly fond of the limp ending. The script should have provided a more satisfying conclusion.

ANTHONY HOPKINS, manages to create a full-bodied character from some very thin material. Matching him every step of the way as a young priest who is beginning to have too many doubts about his faith is COLIN DONOGHUE. He holds his own in every scene with Hopkins, who gives his creepiest performance since "Silence of the Lambs."

A major asset is the film's cinematography, especially for the scenes in and around Rome, and whether photographed in rain or shine. The film, in fact, owes a lot of its spellbinding power to the fantastic camerawork and the delicately haunting background score with its occasional uses of strong chords for shock value.

But it's Hopkins who anchors the film with his very ambiguous portrait of a priest who specializes in exorcism. The main victim is a young girl and her scenes of Devil possession are strikingly handled for maximum effect, but decidedly more low-key than the startling effects in "The Exorcist."

If you lean towards films about the paranormal or occult, handled with Gothic flourishes, you should find THE RITE a rewarding experience. For fans of Anthony Hopkins, they'll be glad to discover that it's his strongest and creepiest performance in years.

Recommended for fans of this genre.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
It's NOT AN EXORCIST remake! June 8 2011
By W.R.Arkadie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
That's the problem w/ peoples opinion of this movie. This movie is NOT the Exorcist. It's not the Anthony Hopkins exorcist. This movie endorses faith, strength in GOD; in the face of evil. The movie is awesome. The Rite refers to (Priest learning the Rite to Exorcise demons), so the movie is based on the young priest. So if you think you're going be scared, if you think you're going to be delighted in Evil and Satanism, Wrong. This is a very good movie, it strengthens faith. Good stuff, buddy.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Rite June 27 2011
By Munsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The movie centres on Michael Kovak (O'Donoghue) who works with his father in the family business as a mortician, but decides to attend seminary school and become a priest as per family tradition. During his time at the school, he suffers a crisis of faith and resigns his position, but after witnessing a fatal car crash and Kovak giving a blessing to a dying woman, his headteacher sends him to Rome to study exorcism, under the tutelage of Father Xavier (Hinds). When he constantly doubts the methods and facts surrounding exorcism, Kovak is sent to see Father Lucas (Hopkins), who shows him exorcism from a more practical perspective which makes Kovak question his beliefs and what is indeed real.

The first half of the film explores Kovak's struggle. The movie is quick to establish Kovak as a man in conflict, struggling with the decision to work at his family's mortuary business or to become a priest (which is stated in the movie as being the two jobs their family does), but it is his character's doubts about his own beliefs that provide the central theme through not only this part of the movie, but the entire movie in general. The pacing of this part of the movie and the development of O'Donoghue's character moved a bit too slowly for me and most of the scenes showed Kovak arguing with his teacher during classes. The film however picks up when Anthony Hopkins' character makes his appearance and Kovak begins to see exorcism in practice.

The second half of the film follows Lucas, with Kovak in tow, as he conducts exorcism sessions. Despite several instances where the supposed possessed person does and says things they can't possibly know or do, Kovak remains the doubter even when he begins to experience strange phenomena himself. The finale is one of the best parts of the film, where Kovak must put aside his doubts if he is to save a friend. O'Donoghue's character is developed a bit more in the second half but he was still a bit bland in comparison to Hopkins, whose character develops nicely and was much more interesting, providing the audience with a creepy performance reminiscent of Hannibal Lecter.

The scenes and dialogue between Hopkins and O'Donoghue are brilliantly written, with O'Donoghue constantly questioning exorcism practices and Hopkins delivering a calm and logical response from the religious perspective. O'Donoghue himself provided some excellent counter arguments based on science and medical fact and it is this battle of beliefs between Hopkins and O'Donoghue that provide the best entertainment.

The mood of the whole film is very sombre. Most scenes are shot either at night or are very dark and dismal. The film also draws on using dream and hallucination sequences to add that surreal element and the use of close-ups showing the demonic presence in victims were also very well done.

OVERALL
The Rite is a good film that can sit proudly as one of the better films about exorcism. Anthony Hopkins once again delivers a stellar performance in one of his better roles in years. Although the movie starts slowly, the tension builds right through to a fantastic finale and may even make the watcher ask themselves what they truly believe. A definite watch.

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