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24. The Rite

Release Year: 2011

Director: Mikael Hafstrom

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Colin O’Donoghue, Alice Braga, Ciaran Hinds, Toby Jones, Rutger Hauer

The Rite is a twisted psychological thriller that invokes the fear of God and the devil in the minds of the viewer. The movie is based on the 2009 book by Matt Baglio called The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist. 

Colin O’Donoghue plays Michael Kovak who leaves his old career as a mortician behind to enter Seminary school with the plan of forsaking his vows as a way to get a free education. He can’t leave the priesthood though and after four years is a deacon but is now ready to resign. An accident served as a sign of his calling when he gives last rights to a victim of an auto accident. Despite his resignation from the church, he gets advice to attend classes on exorcisms.

At the class, he meets Angelina (Braga) who is a reporter for a newspaper and is instructed to meet with Father Lucas (Hopkins) who is attempting to perform an exorcism on a pregnant teen who was possessed after being raped by her father.

In the course of these events, Michael has an awakening and his calling is revealed and his faith is tested to determine if he will stay in the church as a Father or if he’ll lose his faith for good.

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