aka Exorcist – The Original Prequel, Paul Schrader’s Exorcist – The Beginning, Paul Schrader’s Exorcist – The Original Prequel
117 min., 2005
Written by William Wisher/Caleb Carr
Directed by Paul Schrader
My rating: ★★
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We start the movie with a flashback. It’s World War II and the town where Father Merrin (Stellan Skarsgård) is a priest for is being questioned about a dead Nazi soldier. Merrin has to give up who did it, but he doesn’t. So they say that he has to pick ten people to be shot, or everyone in the town will be killed. Merrin struggles with the idea, but eventually gives in. We jump forward to Merrin being somewhere in East Africa, and they have found a church buried in the sand. Soon a battle between good and evil begins, and who will win?
Dominion’s acting is the complete opposite of The Beginning. Where The Beginning had almost every line being yelled, Dominion has almost everything monotone. Most of the dialogue just falls out of people’s mouths with little emotion or care. So everyone just comes off as being bored with his or her roles.
The effects are just okay, with few of them being very memorable. And the only ones that really stick out are the bad ones. The possession is terrible, because there seemed to be a lot less care put into the makeup or the sense of pain that the boy is going through. Instead of getting a sense of the boy suffering, it comes off more as a mental switch.
Is this better than The Beginning? Yes, it’s definitely a full step up. But should you go and watch it? Maybe for a curiosity, but that’s about it. It’s just as bad, but it does have its own merits. So take a peek if you are in the mood for just an okay movie.Have You Read...?