The Rite Review

MAN OF GOD Anthony Hopkins carries the cross in The Rite | The Rite

When Anthony Hopkins signs on to play a sinister old exorcist in a generic satanic rehash like The Rite, does he hate himself for getting hired, yet again, to trot out Hannibal Lecter's ravenous snarl and hypnotist's gleam? Does he stalk around between takes muttering things like ''I should be doing Lear''? Or is he only too happy to milk that Lecter leer? The Rite is set in Rome, and it presents the Vatican as having officially embraced the rituals of exorcism as a de facto enhancement of its brand. (If the devil is at large, then the church must still be relevant.)

Hopkins becomes the tutor of a young priest (Colin O'Donoghue) too skeptical to believe the gnashings and writhings of the ''possessed'' are anything but psychological symptoms. The trouble is, the film seems to think that this amounts to a serious crisis of faith. The hero is a cipher; who cares if he's saved from his skepticism? Read More....,,20460942,00.html


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