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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Violent demon-possession movie is uninspired.

Movie PG-13 2016 91 minutes
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This horror movie tries to set itself apart from other demon-possession movies by inventing an interesting new mythology, but eventually it gets tired, bogged down and lost in its own rule book. Eckhart tries his best in the lead role as a scruffy, wheelchair-bound man who's lost everything, but his efforts seem to exist in a void. No one else in Incarnate seems to have even shown up for work, certainly not director Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, San Andreas), who mainly seems intent on keeping the horrors from stretching beyond the PG-13 realm.

Peyton includes a few jump-scares in the film, as well as some digitally enhanced black eyeballs, and he has his actors stare in disbelief as "amazing" visual effects happen before them. Aside from Dr. Ember, the other characters never seem to know what they're doing or what the most realistic, emotional choice might be. It's lazy, uninspired work; perhaps, after this and I, Frankenstein, it might be wise for Eckhart to stay away from horror and opt to things like Sully instead.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: December 2, 2016
  • On DVD or streaming: March 7, 2017
  • Cast: Carice Van Houten , Aaron Eckhart , Catalina Sandino Moreno
  • Director: Brad Peyton
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Latino actors
  • Studio: High Top Releasing
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 91 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: intense sequences of horror violence, terror, disturbing images, brief strong language, sensuality and thematic elements
  • Last updated: March 11, 2023

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