Thanks to Sony Pictures Australia we had the chance to see Scott Derrickson’s new horror thriller, ‘Deliver Us from Evil,’ before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film; but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself!
Inspired by true events, the film follows New York police officer, Ralph Sarchie (Australia’s Eric Bana), who seems to have the gift of finding criminals, even in the most complicated situations; and this is something that forces him to see horrible crimes that are slowly affecting him and his relationships with loved ones.
Sarchie’s life is further complicated when he starts to investigate a series of inexplicable crimes linked to what the church calls “Demoniac Possession”, forcing the sceptical police officer to team up with a very unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez), who has looked evil right in the eye.
Known for films such as ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’ and the remake of ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’, Derrickson returns to his position behind the camera for this latest horror thriller. And it seems that he is well within his comfort zone, once again. Despite it not being an instant horror classic, ‘Deliver Us from Evil’ still manages to deliver its message and is sure to have audiences glued to their seats for its almost 2-hour duration.
Highlights of the film include an excellent performance by Eric Bana, who has been truly missed by movie goers since his decision to focus on his passion for cars and reduce acting to a part-time gig. Bana flawlessly changes moods throughout the film, in order to bring Sarchie’s conflicts to life; while co-star, Edgar Ramirez, does a decent job, despite being forced to speak in “spanglish”, and mostly shines in the last 30 minutes of the film.
Although the film manages to amuse, there are also many elements that let it down. Some parts of the plot are underdeveloped or simply not explained at all, such as Bana’s character’s hatred for cats. Moreover, the excessive use of a couple of iconic songs by The Doors truly overhadows key elements, especially during the climax of the film.
Overall, Deliver Us from Evil is a release that accomplishes what the sneak peeks promised, but lacks the WOW factor that many other films within the same genre have achieved in the past. Still, it will manage to keep you on the edge of your seat most of the time.
Deliver Us from Evil – In cinemas 24 July, 2014