I’m really not gonna spend a lot of time on this one. You either made up your mind months ago when it was released in theaters or you never heard of it until now and wonder why I’m reviewing a movie about INXS. Any event, here’s all you really need to know.
A long time ago, in the ’80s, a priest and some nuns were found brutally murdered in a house. While investigating, the cops find a lady acting all crazy, attacking the cops. The lady appears to be possessed by a demon and society has deemed her insane, yet she’s shipped to a mental hospital in Rome. Flash forward to the present and the daughter of the lady wants to reconnect with her mother, figure out what the fuck is wrong with her, and try to save her.
The other thing you need to know is this is a “found footage/fake documentary” film, so everything is from the point of view of the “artsy” film maker, who wants to make a movie about demons, possession, and maybe reconnecting with a loved one. The daughter flies to Rome to meet her Mom for the first time in years and the spirit inside the mother starts talking in accents and talking about things the mother would never normally know. It’s decided that she is actually possessed, so she seeks the help from two priests.
I loved the two priests, even if one of them annoyed me a bit. They were ROGUE priests, who did exorcisms UNDERGROUND without the Vatican knowing about them! OOH!! And the daughter, along with the film crew, come along for a rogue exorcism, which was pretty fucked up, I will admit.
There were moments in the movie that made me go “Oh jesus, no pun intended”, like the scene where the annoying priest ASKS the film crew if they want to come along and film him give a baptism. Earlier, they try to free the demon from the mother, in rogue fashion of course, and the Mother appears to be fine but now the annoying priest is acting weird. Hmm…
Since this is a newer film, I won’t spoil what happens to the annoying priest but let’s just say you know something fucked up is going to happen if a FILM CREW is filming a baptism. I do wanna talk about the ending without giving away what happens. Honestly, I didn’t even expect it to end. It just happened and when the credits rolled, I said “Oh. Well, ok then”. There were no answers giving, you’re just sort of left to figure shit out on your own.
Pretty much, it’s a sub-par found footage film. You’d be better off seeing one of the Paranormal Activity films or even The Last Exorcism, which is a way better “found footage/devil” film than this movie. But it’s not totally stupid, there were some good scares and parts left me interested enough in the characters to hope at least SOMETHING good happens to them.
Stay tuned next week when I review “I Need You Tonight”!