A cop and a priest team up on a case of demonic possession in this Screen Gems horror film. Scott Derrickson directs from a script he wrote with Paul Harris Boardman. Eric Bana, Édgar Ramírez, and Olivia Munn star. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
Director: Scott Derrickson
Cast: Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Sean Harris, Joel McHale
Release Date: Jul 02, 2014
Runtime: 1 hr. 58 min.
Deliver Us from Evil has an interesting conceit of mixing police procedural with an exorcism tale. Scott Derrickson’s film establishes a nice bit of atmosphere at the start but the tension and scares are rather lacking. The main issue at play is that everything is terribly routine for even the greenest of genre fans. It’s a difficult thing to take something you’ve seen millions of times before and make it interesting, something that made last years The Conjuring so impressive. Derrickson’s film is watchable if a tad overlong. Sadly it’s not terribly memorable either except for Bana and Munn’s mega NU YARK accents and Jole McHale’s random inclusion. The best thing about the film is obviously Edgar Ramirez who’s just effortless as the coolest Jesuit priest this side of The Exorcist. Deliver Us from Evil is the kind of film that show up on cable at some point in the future and you watch portions of it, never actually watching the whole thing in the long run, cinematic purgatory.