Deliver_Us_From_Evil_Movie_PosterScreen Gems
2014
R

New York police officer Ralph Sarchie, struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes, He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city.

Deliver Us From Evil is another one of those “based on a true story” supernatural movies, this one based on the book Beware the Night, and by the guy who brought us The Exorcism Of Emily Rose back in 2005. Again, this involves an exorcism, has your requisite flawed and troubled priest and hardened agnostic angry at due to the nature of his work.

As priests go, this one has a really, really dark past, and his GQ looks as well as the hard drinking and chain smoking belies his status as a Papal-endorsed exorcist. Better than doing heroin, I guess. Then there’s Eric Bana’s police officer, nightly taking down the worst with Joel McHale as his partner in…not crime, I guess. He struggles to maintain a balance between his professional life with his home life provides much of the drama, outside of the supernatural goings on. But, it seems I’m getting ahead of myself, here.

Deliver Us From Evil deals with the afore-mentioned plainclothes police officer involved in two seemingly unrelated events–a domestic battery and an incident at the zoo, let’s just say–that turn out to have something in common after all–each involved a former Marine that encountered something mysterious and sinister while checking out a tomb in Iraq. More coincidences involving these vets keep popping up, and when the priest shows up to render his services in the case, things take a turn for the wacky when it’s suggested that the Devil is involved. Obviously the cop is a bit dubious at first, but then the clues start pointing to the priest maybe being right about this.

Usually with movies like Deliver Us From Evil, I go in completely ignoring the whole “based on a true story” hype, and judge things on a movie level–the story, the execution, the level of entertainment derived from watching, those kind of things. And as a supernatural movie, Deliver Us From Evil was definitely above average. The story was well executed, decently tense and shot pretty well. Mind you, it’s nothing I haven’t experienced before–it’s your basic exorcism story, and quite frankly I believe that Scott Derrickson did a better job with The Exorcism Of Emily Rose previously. Overall, Deliver Us From Evil was a well-made supernatural horror thriller, but nothing I haven’t seen before. I would say, very much worth a rental.

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