DELIVER US FROM EVIL | MOVIE REVIEW

DELIVER US FROM EVIL is that Eric Bana “horror”, possession film you keep hearing about. It’s a debate as to which of our Salty Kernels is more horror obsessed, Kernel Mitch or Kernel Andrew. Andrew locked Mitch in the basement with the Babadook for this one and headed off to the screening. He was a tad disappointed, as it would appear, a lot of critics are about this film. I will still see it – I like my clichéd Latin spurting contortion horror. DELIVER US FROM EVIL is out tomorrow, July 24th at most commercial cinemas. It is being released from Sony Pictures Australia, is rated MA15+ and runs for 118mins. The film also has its own Australian website HERE and its own Facebook Page HERE. Enjoy Andrew’s review……and your Latin sprouting contortion horror below…….JK.

 

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REVIEW BY ANDREW BRUSENTSEV

Derrickson, the director of DELIVER US FROM EVIL, should really have known better. If his intent was to create a genre meld of the action / horror genre then he has failed on the genre tropes of both sides. If he was trying to create a genuine shocker he has failed to even raise the hackles on the back of most discerning horror fans necks.

What I would love to know is how much of the “Based on True Events” movie as we are told just before kickoff is really based on true events. There seems to be too much liberal borrowing from a pastiche of horror films for this to have ever really happened in anyone’s life. I would love to have been a fly on the wall with Derrickson and his co-writer Paul Harris when they penned (keyboarded?) this. The script seems to never really get below the wafery surface and fixates on the usual horror clichés and some really tacky character interactions. Let’s face it this has been done much better, to be frank it’s a lazy adaptation. This cannot possibly be a true story unless someone lives in the world of Joss Whedon and Buffy Summers is your best mate.

 

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DELIVER US FROM EVIL | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | SARCHIE (ERIC BANA) AND BUTLER (JOEL MCHALE)

 

The premise is the story of Ralph Sarchie (Eric Banna) a tough NYPD sergeant. Early on we realise that Ralph seems to just “know” things. He senses when bad things happen. His partner, Butler (played by funny man Joel McHale), calls it his radar. This radar initially leads Sarchie and his partner to a string of domestic abuse cases. What seems like random events begin to coalesce into one sinister crime. For you see a mysterious hooded string bean killer (Sean Harris) is tied to all of the cases. What is even more compelling is that it seems all of the cases involve men who served in a unit in Iraq together. Could something have happened to them over there?

Taking away the spooky jump shots and darkened rooms that is the entirety of the premise. Every good exorcism movie needs a hard bitten Priest from the wrong side of the tracks (but one who still serves God). For this role we have a passable hard-drinking Jesuit priest Father Mendoza (Edgar Ramirez). I actually thought he was the most interesting of all the characters. His interactions with Sarchie nearly lifted the dialogue, nearly. The priest and policeman team up and head into the world of demons, moving furniture, abused pets (yep the good old crucified cat routine) and a place where women are all helpless or satanic she-devils.

 

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DELIVER US FROM EVIL | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | SARCHIE (ERIC BANA)

 

It is almost as an afterthought that we even get to spend time with Sarchie at home with his wife Jen (Olivia Munn) and his daughter. But they are merely cardboard cut outs without any real substance behind them. Although I think the plan was to use them as the moral centrepiece of the proceedings. But back to the moving furniture.

Instead of a nuanced approach which we had seen Derrickson’ s previous effort, SINISTER, this world turns all-action pretty quickly. Apparently it takes “real manly men” to take on the hordes of Lucifer. Most of them female it seems. Jane (Olivia Horton), the first possessed parent Sarchie stumbles across fits this caricature to a “T”. Horton hisses her lines and reminds me of a Hammer-style comedic demon. This had me chuckling into my popcorn with every saliva dripping inflection of the demoness. It really was quite silly, not scary. That being said she is used as a plot device and although some time is spent on her demonic activity her story is wrapped up quickly and pointlessly.

 

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DELIVER US FROM EVIL | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | SARCHIE (ERIC BANA) AND JIMMY (CHRIS COY)

 

I don’t think this movie is any of the lead’s fault. The script is nonsensical and quite mediocre. Rather than build depth and a strong narrative we have the usual standard of possession movie clichés. Random voices, scary jump cuts, darkened rooms and creaky floorboards. When we need to befuddle the crowd throw in some Latin and funny writing without any real believable explaination besides a one sentence summary.

DELIVER US FROM EVIL is pretty stereotypical. Even worse, it is pretty incompetent in its handling of the subject matter.

I love my horror and so I walked away disappointed. Want to see this movie at the peak of perfection see THE EXORCIST. Or try the excellent THE CONJURING or passable THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE.

This movie had me shaking my head.

 

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