Exorcist: The Beginning
Source: Catholic News Service
Underwhelming prequel to the 1973 horror classic set in 1949 Africa where the eponymous priest (Stellan Skarsgard), having lost his faith after witnessing Nazi atrocities, battles satanic forces released by the discovery of a mysterious Byzantine Christian church unearthed after centuries. While not without some cheap chills, director Renny Harlin has exorcised any real eeriness out the film, substituting more-silly-than-scary supernatural special-effects for genuine suspense. Grisly scenes of demonic possession, two graphic suicides, some battlefield violence and associated gore, strong sexual references and rough language, and some instances of defiled religious symbols. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.
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