Inspired by true events, follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak, who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While he’s in Rome, Michael meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas, who introduces him to the darker side of his faith, uncovering the devil’s reach even to one of the holiest places on Earth. –Inbaseline
Jan Mikael Håfström (born 1 July 1960 in Lund), known as Mikael Håfström, is a Swedish screenwriter and director. Håfström directed the exorcism thriller The Rite, which is based on a novel from Matt Baglio. —Wikipedia
Definitely not as bad as everyone is making it seem. Pleasantly atmospheric, with solid if not super inspired performances. A little slow-paced near the end. Nice to see a movie taking a stance on religion instead of the same old "whatever you want to believe is great!" crap. Overall a pretty average religious thriller, entertaining and probably not something I'd watch again.
A lost effort right from the start with very poor casting of Colin O'Donoghue in the lead. Hopkins sleepwalks through his performance with Braga not coming out of this one unscathed either. Terrible script that can't decide if its a horror film or a film about theology versus psychology. It fails at both. Plot and logic gaps abound. I would even watch the bounty of 70's excorist rip offs before watching this again.