A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A character struggles with inner demons -- and outer demons -- and learns that he doesn't want to live in a world of violence anymore. In the end, he decides to work in a more spiritual realm and spend more time with his family.
Positive Role Models
Ralph Sarchie is sometimes violent and a bit lost -- he neglects his family -- but he also stands up against difficult odds and finds the strength to make things right. A priest struggles with drug addiction, and though he relies on alcohol and cigarettes to get him through, he seems to have succeeded where drugs are concerned.
Violence & Scariness
A woman has a bruised and bloodied face, suggesting that her husband has beaten her. Her young daughter also has a trickle of blood from her nose. The bluish body of a dead baby is shown, wrapped in cloth. A man punches bad guys in the face again and again. Several scenes of struggling and fighting, sometimes with knives. Lots of gory wounds, with gurgling and spurting blood; crazy, scary, demon-possessed people; and gross dead bodies. A crucified cat is shown. A woman tosses a baby into a ravine at the zoo. A little girl is shown to be terrified and possibly in danger. A subplot is about a child molester. Some brief Iraq war footage, with shooting and explosions. The cops draw their guns from time to time.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman tries to pick up a man in a bar ("you look good sweaty"). A husband and wife kiss in bed, and the woman's nipple is somewhat visible through her sleepwear. A character mentions his "favorite porn site."
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"F--k" is used several times. "S--t" is also heard, as are "balls," "ass," "hell," "Christ," "goddamn," and "Jesus" (as an exclamation). A middle finger gesture is shown.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A priest is shown drinking whisky and smoking cigarettes on more than one occasion. He admits to a past as a drug addict (he mentions a "speedball needle stuck in my arm"), and though he's clean now, he says that the alcohol and cigarettes help get him through.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Deliver Us from Evil is a demon-possession horror movie that's not to be confused with the 2006 Oscar-nominated documentary of the same name. There's heavy, gory, bloody violence; disgusting corpses; struggling and fighting; guns and knives; children in peril; and scary demons. There's also a subplot about a child molester/murderer. Language is strong, including several uses of "f--k." A main character is a recovering drug addict who still drinks whisky and smokes cigarettes to get by. There are some brief, minor sexual situations. The movie is supposedly based on the true story of Bronx cop Ralph Sarchie, who published a book about his experiences, which may give older teens something to talk about. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Writer/director Scott Derrickson, who already has one exorcism movie under his belt (The Exorcism of Emily Rose), started off with some strong material here. Sarchie's story could have made a gripping, tense, and spooky police procedural, with a genuine sense of awe about what's possible in the universe. Instead, Derrickson delivers this, which has been twisted and forced to resemble a traditional horror movie. That is, it has a few dozen scenes in which something scary jumps out at the camera or some sudden noise startles us. Plus, it has lots of blood and gore. But anything genuinely scary is long gone.
Derrickson's rhythm and timing also seem off. He resorts to shaky-cam and confusing use of space whenever anything dynamic happens, and, though he drags the story on to 118 full minutes, it feels alternately rushed and draggy. The talented Munn has nothing to do here, though Bana and Ramirez have a few good scenes together. And Christopher Young's score is quite unsettling.
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