The Vatican’s best exorcist, played by Russell Crowe, has to travel to Spain to fight the forces of evil.
This one was strange. On the one hand it was a very competent possession film, nothing ground breaking but it delivered all of its scares as you would expect them and ticked most of the boxes of what people would want out of a possession film. However, on the other hand the film had a number of overtly comedic moments and little jokes which took me right out of the film. I am not saying there isn’t a place for levity within a scary horror film but I am saying that cracking a joke right as something spooky is happening takes the tension right out of the scene. What is worst the demonic voice they gave to the little boy who was possessed just sounds like a Cockney person who has smoked too much and is almost unintentionally funny coming out of him.
I think Crowe is a serviceable lead, however, I do think the films decision to have him speak partly in English and partly in Italian was confusing, as it would have made more sense to go one way or the other with it, as it stands it seems clashing.
Overall, a watchable possession film that doesn’t do anything new but delivers mostly in the way you would want it to.
It is serviceable
It has a few good scares
Crowe anchors the film well
It is unintentionally hilarious at times
It forces in awkward jokes that derail the tension
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