Rent The Pope's Exorcist (2023)

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1h 39min
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Synopsis:
Inspired by the actual files of Father Gabriele Amorth, Chief Exorcist of the Vatican (Russell Crowe), 'The Pope's Exorcist' follows Amorth as he investigates a young boy's terrifying possession and ends up uncovering a centuries-old conspiracy the Vatican has desperately tried to keep hidden.
Actors:
, , , , Peter DeSouza-Feighoney, , , , , , , , , Jordi Collet, Carrie Munro, , Edward Harper-Jones, , ,
Directors:
Producers:
Doug Belgrad, Michael Patrick Kaczmarek, Jeff Katz
Voiced By:
Ralph Ineson
Writers:
Michael Petroni, Evan Spiliotopoulos, R. Dean McCreary, Chester Hastings, Jeff Katz, Gabriele Amorth
Studio:
Sony
Genres:
Drama, Horror, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/07/2023
Run Time:
99 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, German, Italian, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Introducing Father Amorth
  • What Possessed You?

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Reviews (2) of The Pope's Exorcist

from Gladiator...to this - The Pope's Exorcist review by SG

Spoiler Alert
08/08/2023

Russell Crowe doesnt need to to do this level of movie! He's copying de Niro's last part of his career by accepting any old straight-to-dvd films.

The Exorcist this is definitely not. It's based on a true story - but so was Barbie! Weaker than a cuppa from a cafe.

More cliches than you can bear, this is CGI heavy with little twists and turns to concentrate on.

His Italian accent is quite good tho, better than Dick van Dyke's for sure

4/10 Can do better. SEE ME

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Fun Romp as the Devil gets Typecast again. - The Pope's Exorcist review by RP

Spoiler Alert
23/10/2023

Now we need the head swivel. Check. Oh and the growly voice and the evil skin eruptions. Check. Oh and some plot of buried evil. Check. Poor old Devil looks at the script and says, here we go again. But then what is there to do but enjoy yourself and have fun. Not likely to give anybody sleepless nights but it is all done with a straight face and the heroes do their bit. The old Priest helped by the young inexperienced one. Mum and daughter, who despite living in a cold ruin insists on wearing shorts all the time. Are naturally asked to run and scream a bit. The young kid in bed asking if his agent is available.

Fun, pointless, repetitive and yet for all that worth it. Just like the old Hammer films. You end up not wanting to be too critical and just enjoy it. 

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Critic review

The Pope's Exorcist review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

The marketing for The Pope's Exorcist is the typical "true story" paranormal marketing. We get a boy possessed, a demon terrorizing, and a wear priest coming to the rescue despite his lapse in faith. What some people might not know is that this is a comedy. Well, not an intentional one.

The ridiculous nature can be felt immediately once Russell Crowe pops up as Father Gabriel Amorth. He doesn't take his job all that seriously when realizing the church doesn't fully believe in his methods. Favoring both theater and skepticism, Gabriel ruffles some feathers for being unconventional. He drinks a lot, cracks jokes, and gets around on a moped which is too rich for words.

He's the only Father for the job when the young Henry of Spain gets possessed. Henry's demon has a real mouth on him, especially with how he pranks his fearful family with miming voices and openly speaking of sex. When the first priest gets catapulted out of Henry's room and the demon remarks "wrong priest," I broke out in laughter. And it only gets more absurd from there.

This is the type of film where the screenwriter punched up the script with some jokes and just never stopped. The back and forth between Gabriel and Henry is comical almost by design. Perhaps it's why most modern paranormal exorcism movies tend to keep the dialogue to a minimum. The mismatched pairing of a quirky priest and acid-tongued demon makes for great comedy and it's something this movie can't turn away from.

Thankfully, the film doesn't try too hard for silliness. There are dark elements present, as when Gabriel is reminded of his war stories that ended in tragedy. He gets the standard hallucination of people lost, complete with spooky sounds and effects. It's not bad, but it also doesn't hold a candle to Gabriel's dad jokes and Henry's vile language. Even the other moments, such as a gas explosion, are staged in a manner that brings out the unprovoked laughs.

The Pope's Exorcist is a lot of fun, even if not all the expected moments of absurdity. The earnest nature of this exorcism tale bundled with the stylish direction makes the comical aspect an unexpected yet welcomed byproduct. Watch this one with a group of friends.

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