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Deliver Us From Evil (2014/Sony DVD)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: C Film: C+

From the director of Sinister and soon Marvel's Dr. Strange, Scott Derrikson, comes Deliver Us From Evil which is a modern day Film Noir that is a cross between Se7en and The Exorcist but without the originality or fun of either of those films. The film came and went at the box office this summer but features decent performances by Eric Bana and Olivia Munn and a few creepy scenes that don't make it a total wash. Despite being officially based on a 2001 non-fiction book entitled Beware the Night by Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool and a marketing campaign highlighting that it was inspired by actual accounts, the film actually does not showcase any of the cases recounted in the book and instead features a completely original plot imagined by Derrickson and co-writer Paul Harris Boardman.

The movie opens in Iraq in 2010. A small group of Marines are running through a war zone in the desert when they encounter a man-made underground cave. The group leader, Sgt. Griggs, sends two Marines (Jimmy Tratner and Mick Santino) to investigate. Jimmy is recording. Underground, the camera light starts to flicker and then eventually dies out completely. Jimmy and Santino are heard screaming.

The movie then flashes forward to 2013, in New York. Detective Ralph Sarchie (Bana) is seen trying to give mouth to mouth to a very small bundle, which is revealed to be a dead baby. The coroner asks him repeatedly to let go, but he has trouble doing so and is clearly affected by the experience. We soon learn that despite his grisly nights on duty, he comes home to a gorgeous wife (Munn) and a daughter.

Detective Sarchie and his partner soon end up getting a call of a Woman throwing her baby in a lion's pit at a local zoo after hours. After encountering the woman, they discover that she is crazy and is mumbling lyrics from the door. After putting her under containment they notice that she has clawed off her nails and is looking pretty bizarre. Soon, Sarchie discovers that the incident in Iraq in 2010 is connected to the possession of the woman and two other returned soldiers and a Priest adds him in bringing the case to justice.

Sound and Picture on the disc are at a high standard for the format but loses details that would Blu-ray would master and this has also been issued in that format. Presented in standard definition with an anamorphic aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track, the disc looks fine on screen. Also available on the disc are subtitles in English, French, and Spanish.

Extras include a Commentary by Director Scott Derrickson and Illuminating Evil: The Making of Deliver Us From Evil.

All in all, the film isn't a terrible watch but is not memorable enough to have the staying power of a thriller like Fincher's Se7en.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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