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DELIVER US FROM EVIL (2014)

SYNOPSIS:
NY police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), investigates a series of crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the possessions that are terrorizing their city.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
The title (and only the title) will forever remind me of Amy Berg’s 2006 doco about pedophile priest Fr O’Grady; not because a pedophile character plays a small but crucial role in this multi-genre thriller. It’s primarily a horror film, if exorcism (even inspired by real events) is horror, wrapped inside a police procedural. That’s where the true story comes in; it’s about NY special ops policeman Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana doing NY street banter well) and how he came into contact with … evil. Not secondary evil, like human evil, as the likeably flawed Fr Mendoza (Edgar Ramirez) explains, but primary evil. Like demons who possess humans and delight in sheer … evil.

Yes of course, it’s sensational stuff: the evil of demons in human bodies being fought by disciples of Jesus, with holy water and Latin incantations at less than 20 paces. I have remarked before that films in which demons possess humans seem to come from a Christian otherworld, because only Christian prayers and crucifixes seem to be employed as weapons against them. Has there ever been a Jewish exorcism movie? A Muslim one? A Hindu one? Discuss.

But my cynicism aside, the film blasts its way through the loudspeakers with great determination and the performances are excellent, including young Lulu Wilson as Sarchie’s daughter Christina, Olivia Munn as his wife Jen and the hard working Sean Harris as the evil one, Santino. Eric Bana is likeable and effective as the disillusioned Catholic who finds hi sway back to the faith … the hard way … and Olivia Horton extends herself much like possessed Harris, in the physically contorting role of the possessed Jane.

The audience’s favourite moment will surely be when an unknowing cop walks into the viewing room of an interrogation suite and sees through the one way mirror the extended exorcism taking place. But that scene is really far too extended and the film delivers too many recycled scenes to be really effective.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 1

DELIVER US FROM EVIL (2014) (MA15+)
(US, 2014)

CAST: Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Sean Harris, Joel McHale, Dorian Missick, Antoinette LaVecchia, Scott Johnsen, Valentina Rendon

PRODUCER: Jerry Bruckheimer

DIRECTOR: Scott Derrickson

SCRIPT: Scott Derrickson, Paul Harris Boardman

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Scott Kevan

EDITOR: Jason Hellman

MUSIC: Christopher Young

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Bob Shaw

RUNNING TIME: 118 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Sony

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: July 24, 2014







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