Anthony Hopkins Exorcises His Demons in The Rite on May 17

Anthony Hopkins Exorcises His Demons in The Rite on May 17

Mar 17, 2011

I don't know about you, but Blu-ray Bob likes his movies about exorcisms and demonic possession to at least be rated R…a hard R is even better. Demons, being Satan's minions and so forth, should be expected to utter the foulest language imaginable coupled with a vulgar disregard of sacred objects (think of what Linda Blair did with that crucifix in The Exorcist).

That's just what you won't get with The Rite, whose PG-13 rating keeps it from delivering the demonic thrills of other exorcism flicks. The film is about a seminary student (Colin O'Donoghue) who doubts his faith until he meets a priest (Anthony Hopkins) living in Rome who is trying to exorcise a demon from a 16-year-old pregnant girl. Director Mikael Håfström's film is based on a true story and, although not particularly terrifying, features another outstanding performance by Hopkins and some loud "boo" moments. Warner Bros. is releasing The Rite on DVD and Blu-ray on May 17 with some additional scenes. The BD will also include an alternate ending and "The Rite: Soldier of God," which features Father Gary Thomas—the Vatican-ordained exorcist whose life story inspired the film.

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