THE PLOT THUS FAR
New York police officer Ralph Sarchie investigates a series of crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rites of exorcism, to combat the possessions that are terrorizing their city.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Deliver Us From Evil” is such an odd movie. The split focus of the film has seemingly put off a ton of viewers, but I don’t see that as a bad thing. If anything, it wants to be “Serpico” by way of “The Exorcist”. There’s the usual American military porn mixed into the story of gritty men doing gritty things against supernatural crime. But, I believe in the partnership of Edgar Ramirez and Eric Bana throughout the film. I don’t care if Sarchie and Mendoza didn’t end up as partners in real life, as I buy what I’m seeing onscreen.
I’ve got to give Jerry Bruckheimer credit for going a different route outside of his work with Disney/Touchstone. Playing with darker supernatural themes seems to be out of his wheelhouse. But, he’s working with one of the guys behind Insidious. It seems like an easy match-up of talents, so why does this feel different? Well, film fans who might be younger…Bruckheimer used to take chances back before he got comfortable at Disney. He produced films like “American Gigolo”, “Thief” and “Cat People”. All of these were exercises in genre that allowed the uber producer to focus on story and create something stylistic yet important. If anything, this might be the film that warmed me up to Scott Derrickson. When he was announced as the director for Marvel’s “Dr. Strange”, I was a little shaky. Now, I see a guy that works well with CG and can blend genres. The film suffers from third act issues, as it seems that it got into a race to end in a tidy manner.
The DVD comes with a commentary and featurette as the special features. The A/V Quality is adequate for standard definition. The transfer doesn’t sport much digital noise. Plus, the Dolby 5.1 track helps with the scares. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 10/28/2014