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Exorcist: The Beginning
Set in the late 1940s, a prequel which reveals the life-changing event that took place in Father Merrin's existence, when he was sent as a young missionary priest on a journey to post-WWII Africa....  View more >

Starring Stellan Skarsgård, Gabriel Mann, Israel Aduramo...  View more >

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Aug 21, 2004
Incoherant, insulting, and sort of obnoxious. The negative reviews had me expecting something along the lines of Ken Russell's "The Devils". This is more along the lines of last August's double threat of "Underworld" and "Once Upon a Time in the West". It looks great, but there is hardly ever a point where we care about what we're seeing.

The director Renny Harlin, whose "Nightmare on Elm Street" installment was the best of the series, installs lots of cheap shocks in the picture, but they work they get your pulse working. And if you liked the original Exorcist film, your memories will be enough to coast you through this one relatively comfortably.

But what really almost saves the picture is a genuine and brave brand of sadism. The film benefits from the new administration of the MPAA's more relaxed attitude towards violence, about ten years ago violence against children was still a major taboo. When Satan finally makes an appearance, he gives the film another much needed jolt of kinkiness and absurdist so-bad-its-good campiness.

The film does take quite a bit of inane chatter to get down to the "good parts" though. If they refused to add more to the stew, you at least wish that they at least left it on the broiler a little longer.
Aug 24, 2004
Aug 27, 2004
Just not that great. Too bad, it could have been a good story.

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