The Rite is a supernatural horror film released in 2011, directed by Mikael Håfström and starring Anthony Hopkins, Colin O’Donoghue, and Alice Braga.
The movie is loosely based on the book The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist by journalist Matt Baglio. It tells the story of Michael Kovak (played by O’Donoghue), a skeptical young seminary student who is sent to Rome to attend a course on exorcism.
In Rome, Michael meets Father Lucas Trevant (played by Hopkins), a renowned exorcist who introduces him to the world of demonic possession and the struggle between good and evil. As Michael becomes more involved in the world of exorcism, he begins to question his own beliefs and becomes the target of a powerful demon that threatens to destroy him.
The movie explores themes of faith, doubt, and the supernatural, as Michael and Father Lucas battle the forces of darkness in a tense and suspenseful race against time. It also features stunning cinematography and a haunting score that adds to its eerie and unsettling atmosphere.
Critics were mixed on the film, with some praising Hopkins’ performance and the movie’s tense and suspenseful sequences, while others criticized its reliance on cliches and formulaic horror tropes. Despite the mixed reviews, the movie performed well at the box office, grossing over $90 million worldwide.
The Rite is a chilling and atmospheric horror film that offers a unique and intriguing take on the subject of exorcism. It is not for the faint of heart, but for fans of supernatural horror movies, it is a must-see.
Duration: 114 min.