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NY police officer Ralph Sarchie, investigates a series of crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the possessions that are terrorizing their city.
Crime Horror Thriller - While the advertising plays up a horror angle, this is mostly police
procedural thriller with supernatural elements until a huge exorcism
finale. Fans of Eric Bana will enjoy this big showcase, and Joel
McHale fans will enjoy this gritty change of pace role for him.
Edgar Ramirez's role is fairly small until around the halfway mark.
Language, violence, and one big exorcism scene make the film far too
intense for kids.
Roger EbertFull Review Poor 'Deliver Us From Evil' is scary, but only because it can't even make a possessed stuffed animal creepy.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average 'Deliver Us' delivers plenty of groans, not chills.
NY PostFull Review Above Average (Very) loosely inspired by the memoir of an NYPD detective who worked with exorcists, "Deliver Us From Evil'' expertly serves shivers, buckets of gore — and pretty much every cliché of the genre.
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Sergeant Ralph Sarchie (ERIC BANA) of the NYPD has seen his share of darkness
on the mean streets of the South Bronx. Assigned to the 46th Precinct in one of
the toughest neighborhoods of the country, Sarchie has witnessed behavior on the
outer edges of inhumanity, and it has begun to darken his soul, to the point of
affecting his relationship with his wife, Jen (OLIVIA MUNN), and their young
daughter, Christina (LULU WILSON).
But when the increasingly troubled Sarchie and his police partner Butler
(JOEL McHALE), a sardonic ex-Army Ranger always ready for a fight, are summoned
to investigate a bizarre incident, the events which follow will test the
pragmatic Sarchie's beliefs and understanding. He finds himself in a tenuous
alliance with Joe Mendoza (EDGAR RAMIREZ), a renegade priest whose own faith has
been tested more than once, and who tries to convince a skeptical Sarchie that
the increasingly horrifying occurrences are nothing less than an encounter with
several cases of demonic possession.
Together, the policeman and the priest uncover layer after layer of evidence
that what Mendoza describes as primary evil has taken root, and Sarchie is
forced to question his entire belief system as they attempt to do battle with
the malignant forces threatening the city, and even those he loves the most...his