Starring: Eric Bana, Édgar Ramírez, Olivia Munn, Sean Harris, Joel McHale, Chris Coy, Dorian Missick, Rhona Fox, Valentina Rendón, Olivia Horton.
Year Of Release: 2014
Certificate: 15 (UK)
Runtime: 118 Minutes
Director: Scott Derrickson
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
Another film that claims to be "inspired by actual accounts", anybody else getting a bit sick of this bullshit marketing scheme? Well Scott Derrickson is, the director of the film came out and admitted the film does not use any of the cases of real Police Officer Ralph Sarchie, they use a completely original plot for the film from Scott Derrickson and Paul Harris Boardman.
Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) is a Bronx police officer who uses his "radar" for trouble to track down cases he thinks he should work on. Turns out that his "radar" is actually a psychic link to the demonic underworld. This most recent blink on his radar hands off a triplet of bad-ass marines who have returned from Iraq maybe with more baggage of the evil variety than they left with. It is up to Sarchie and his partner Butler (Joel McHale) who himself is a pretty big bad-ass who brings it upon himself to help send these evil demons back to Hell.
The film made some great casting calls, I for one have never thought that Eric Bana was a great actor, actually scratch that I never even thought he was that good really he was just another guys whose films I didn't mind. However in this I thought he was a very inspired casting he was a thoroughly enjoyable watch as were McHale, Harris and Ramirez. There was a big slip up though when it came to Olivia Munn she was bland, boring, unemotional, felt like she was only cast for some "eye-candy"and her Brooklyn accent was hilariously bad.
Overall, the film is scattered full of confusing characteristics with its constant references to The Doors and their lyrics, hieroglyphics, animals more specifically owls which all culminate together in the "show down" scene. A very enjoyable watch, full of jump scares, well written scenes, great character development and suspense that will have you on the end of your seat. What happens when "Sinister" meets "Seven"? THIS!!!