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The Exorcist: The Beginning

2006-03-30 12:45


Father Lankester Merrin believes that he has already looked into face of Evil. Haunted by memories of the unspeakable brutality perpetrated against the people of his parish during World War 2, Merrin (Stellan Skarsgard) has lost his faith and can no longer call himself a man of God.

Merrin has travelled far from his native Holland in a desperate attempt to escape the horrors that he witnessed there. While drifting through Cairo, he is approached by a collector of rare antiquities to join a British archaeological excavation in Kenya. They have unearthed a Christian Byzantine church in inexplicably pristine condition - as if it had been buried on the day it was completed. The collector needs Merrin, an Oxford-educated archaeologist, to find an ancient relic hidden within the church before the British discover it.

But beneath the church, something much older sleeps, waiting to be awoken. Madness descends upon the local villagers and the contingent of British soldiers sent to guard the excavation. Merrin watches helplessly as the atrocities of war are repeated against another innocent village - atrocities he had prayed never to see again. The blood of innocents flows freely on the East African plain, and the horror has only just begun.

In the place where Evil was born, Merrin will finally see its true face.

What the critics are saying:

"...a botch job of mistimed scare scenes, bland characters and computer-generated hyenas - alieviated only by Skarsgard, who delivers a performance much better than the material deserves."
- Nev Pierce, BBCi Film

"When it was first released, The Exorcist caused nausea, fainting and heart attacks; by comparison, The Beginning elicited waves of giggles and guffaws from a preview screening audience."
- Bob Townsend, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Never feels like anything other than generic, brain-dead, Dolby-jolt, multiplex hackwork -- I kept expecting Skarsgard's habitually catacomb-prowling Merrin to bump flashlights with Lara Croft."
- Geoff Pevere,

Beware! The only thing scary about this lazy mess of a horror film is how much money the studio spent to make it. Turning the scariest franchise of all time into a B-grade bloodbath, Renny Harlin proves - once again - that he can't direct his way out of a paper bag.

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