Synopsis: 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. – IMDB
Tagline: You haven’t seen true evil.
Release Date: 2014-7-4 | MPAA Rating: R | Coolthulhus Earned: 4
Trailer: Deliver Us from Evil
Deliver Us From Evil Review
Deliver Us From Evil is pretty much your standard possession fare, but with two big differences. Instead your usual male/female lead pairing, we are given two men (Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez). I would just like to take a moment to thank the director for, uh, delivering this particular duo to us in this film.
Pardon me whilst I get a towel to wipe up the drool.
Seriously, I could do some naughty things to those two.
Now that I’ve got that hormonal overflow out of my system, lets get on with the actual review, shall we?
Within, I’d say, the first twenty minutes of the film, there are three possibly triggering events.
It starts with soldiers discovering a Bad. Effing. Place during a war. I think it subtitled that it was in Afghanistan. I could be wrong. So, yeah, war triggers for vets are possible. Then a dead baby swaddled in front of a dumpster as a policeman kneels in front of it, having been trying CPR to revive it is immediately following the war scene. Then, if that wasn’t enough, the police answer a domestic violence call. So, if you’re a victim of domestic violence, just a heads up there. No one is getting beat when the call is answered, but the chick is all bloody.
After those, though, its a pretty vanilla film with no other major triggering events that I can think of. Its supposedly based on the accounts of a real police officer. Its definitely a more urban/grittier take on the possession plot, though the elements are completely unoriginal. (Except for the two hot leading men. But I already mentioned that.)
The scares are jump-scares, but the tension is pretty good for the most part. There is at least one very disgusting scene involving a dead body and flies.
It is, as usual, a platform for the writers to expound upon the necessity of a belief in God. There’s the typical “if there’s no god” talk, and, of course, at the end you know at least one person is going to rediscover their faith.
“If there’s no God” Priest gestures to a room full of cops, “Then why are all these men willing to lay down their lives for strangers?”
Yadda, yadda, yadda.
Anyways, all things considered, Deliver Us From Evil is entertaining, though typical. It actually help up well to a second viewing (I first saw this sometime last year). The acting isn’t bad (though I have the feeling neither of them exactly had to stretch themselves.), and its definitely a movie you can turn on with delight when it gets dark out, because it’s not going to leave you peeking around corners after its done. Rent or buy Deliver Us From Evil now on Amazon.com