MOVIES: The Rite

Has anyone had a look at ‘The Rite’ trailer yet? It looks quite interesting but am I sinning for wanting to watch this movie?

I just saw the trailer, looks darn scary and it says its 'based from a true story'. Wow.

The “based from a true story” means very little. All that is saying it that something happened somewhere that gave an author an idea.

Movies love to suggest conspiracies coming from the Vatican, but those are nothing more than entertaining tales.

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Has anyone had a look at 'The Rite' trailer yet? It looks quite interesting but am I sinning for wanting to watch this movie?

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I just saw the trailer, looks darn scary and it says its 'based from a true story'. Wow.

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I really don't think wanting to watch a movie out of legitimate curiosity could be considered sinful. (Even if it were, say, pornography, a non-consenting desire to watch it would not be sinful, that would be temptation.)

For the record, I think the movie looks awesome and I plan on seeing it. Anthony Hopkins is always great, really disconcerting. Just take what you see with a (very large) grain of salt. If you want to find out what the life of an exorcist is really like, read Fr. Gabriele Amorth's An Exorcist Tells His Story.

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I really don't think wanting to watch a movie out of legitimate curiosity could be considered sinful. (Even if it were, say, pornography, a non-consenting desire to watch it would not be sinful, that would be temptation.)

For the record, I think the movie looks awesome and I plan on seeing it. Anthony Hopkins is always great, really disconcerting. Just take what you see with a (very large) grain of salt. If you want to find out what the life of an exorcist is really like, read Fr. Gabriele Amorth's An Exorcist Tells His Story.

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Hmmm, that's interesting.

I don't like researching exorcisms much because I tend to get really frightened :o
I might have a look at that book some day though!

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Hmmm, that's interesting.

I don't like researching exorcisms much because I tend to get really frightened :o
I might have a look at that book some day though!

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Yeah, honestly, it's probably best to stay away from these things as a layperson.

But do know that there's *absolutely *no reason to be afraid of the devil or his spirits, as terrifying as the details of some exorcisms may be.

“We have the gift of the Spirit, the Eucharist, the word of God, the power of the name of Jesus, the protection of the Blessed Virgin, the intercession of the angels and saints; is it not silly to fear the vanquished?”
—Fr. Gabriele Amorth (An Exorcist Tells His Story: Ignatius, p. 196)

Is this movie controversial? How is it different from other movies about exorcists? (seems to be a popular subject lol)

So I saw this trailer for a new movie that will be released later this month. At first I thought it was about Fr. Gabriele Amorth's book. Then it quickly changed.
It seems to be about an older priest (played by Anthony Hopkins) and a much younger one dealing with possession etc.
So maybe like "The Exorcist"? No I don't think so. Even though the preview did look like it could be interesting, and show a balanced view on what an exorcist really does.
But since it is Hollywood, I doubt it. I hope I am wrong, but I doubt it, even though it is "based on a true story."

So, what do you all think? Another film that misrepresents what the Church is all about, a horror film, or something that could actually be worth while to see?

In Christ,
Nevermore

It is based on the same book titled “The Rite-the making of an exorcist” by Matt Baglio, based on the real experiences of an american priest sent to Rome to train as an exorcist. I have read the book and I cannot wait to see the movie version. It is very chilling and informative. I am wondering how the movie will portray the opening of book, where there is an actual exorcism taking place, and there us supernatural assistance in several saints coming in prayers, and the BVM also joining in prayers…I suggest that you read the book…:thumbsup:

I too saw the trailer and can’t wait to see the film :thumbsup:Exorcisms and the Demonic seem to be popular topics in Hollywood movies

I read the book and after seeing the trailer, they really added some hollywood flair :D
The book was excellent and very logical. I hope they don't spoil it!

I was actually just about to create a thread similar to this until I saw that it had already been done :). I was wondering how the movie would portray the church...from your comments, since it's based on the book, is it in a positive light?
Very chilling, it looks like...not sure if I can handle it. But I'd be interested.

It's Anthony Hopkins! You can't go wrong with him! :thumbsup:

I have a problem with people profit on the scandals in the Catholic Church.

How does this relate to The Rite movie? Simple, it paints priests in a bad light. Untrustworthy, and downright evil overall, demonic. It spreads confusion amongst the faithful and the curious. God is not the author of confusion.

In addition, it is exploiting the legitimate leadership of the Bishops of the Catholic Church in promoting the movie by implying in their advertising that the bishop has already warned the faithful about this movie. Isn't this just another way of tempting the faithful and everyone else to go see it?

this discussion of this movie started on another thread, but I didn’t want to hijack it so I’m moving the discussion over here but does this look like a good movie, and should it be a very catholic movie. From the little discussion I’ve had it sounds like both are true.

Here is the movie site:

www.theritemovie.com

this will be one of those movies Ill see first thing in the morning so I have the rest of the day to prepare for sleep cause If i watch this before I go to bed I won’t be able to sleep :rotfl:

I didn't even know about this movie until last night when I saw a commercial for it. I did read the book, and it is excellent, written by a very devout Catholic. Do you know if the movie is loyal to the book, or are they "hollywoodizing" it?

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I didn't even know about this movie until last night when I saw a commercial for it. I did read the book, and it is excellent, written by a very devout Catholic. Do you know if the movie is loyal to the book, or are they "hollywoodizing" it?

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i'm sure they will hollywoodize it but hoepfully it doesn't change church teaching, well you know not really change it but make it look that way

Does the book have a Nihil Obstat or Imprimatur?

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