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The Seventh Day

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Dull, predictable exorcism movie has lots of blood and gore.

Movie R 2021 87 minutes
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This horror movie tries to put a new spin on the old exorcism genre, and it certainly has some thoughtful moments, but the scares are mostly nonexistent, and the storytelling is all too predictable. The Seventh Day treats demon possession and exorcisms mostly in a "business as usual" way, and perhaps because of that -- or perhaps despite it -- the haunted voices, taunting demon-speak, floating objects, and other freaky stuff just seem dull. Even the movie's few jump scares don't register a blip. (What else would you expect when looking under the bed?)

The characters are slightly more interesting. Keith David starts things off well in the prologue as Father Louis, his eyes blazing and his voice commanding, but he leaves the picture far too soon. Stephen Lang is also on hand, almost unrecognizable, as a senior priest. Then Father Peter (Pearce) and Father Daniel (Derbez) have some notable conversations about the essence of their job and the nature of evil that make it seem like The Seventh Day might be going somewhere. But as the story progresses and it tries to unfold new developments, it becomes burdened by its clumsy foreshadowing, which gives everything away a little too easily.

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