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The Rite (2010/New Line Cinema/Warner Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack)

 

Picture: B/B- Sound: B/B- Extras: B-/D Film: C

 

 

Anthony Hopkins is no stranger to horror fans from Magic and on through three separate turns as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, he has brought an air of class to a genre that is often ignored by other actors in his league. It was the cause of some celebration, then, when it was announced that he'd be taking on the devil in The Rite. Unfortunately for this movie, even an excellent performance from Hopkins isn't enough to save it.

 

While the film isn't unbearable, the majority of its content has been lifted straight out of other exorcist films that have come before. Some new elements have been added so that this isn't a complete retread, but even then there is relatively little to differentiate it from the rest. The major change is to structure the film so as to shift the focus away from the possessed and their families and instead show the lives of those fighting to drive out the demonic presence.

 

The events are centered around a doubtful young student at a school for the training of exorcists who apprentices under Hopkins' Father Lucas. It's all just too boring and predictable even a significant plot twist thrown in comes too late in the game and does little to rouse any excitement. A better-known cast and larger budget counts for little it seems, as The Rite was trumped by a far better film to have recently come out - The Last Exorcism. That film used some of the same core ideas seen in this film, but spun it in a more interesting and believable way.

 

Picture and sound quality is good on both the Blu-ray and included DVD copy, but obviously the HD copy is preferable. The Blu is presented in 1080p high definition and in 2.4:1 aspect ratio and accompanied by a nice DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack in a 5.1 mix. The DVD has an aspect ratio of 1.77:1 and a 5.1 Dolby mix.

 

Extras include some deleted and alternate scenes, as well some words with the exorcist who inspired the film, as well as the cast and crew. It's sort of nice to have, but doesn't provide all that much information and works like a promo for the film.

 

The Rite is an average movie, and one you probably won't kick yourself for having sat through. It's worth a rental, but there are better films to catch before you work your way down to this one.

 

 

- David Milchick


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