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  • Summary: When New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) begins to investigate a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes, he joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramírez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that areWhen New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) begins to investigate a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes, he joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramírez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 32
  2. Negative: 12 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Jul 2, 2014
    70
    For all its embarrassment of riches, “Deliver” never manages to transcend its bloody, screechy, pulpy origins. That makes the film both a horror tale and a tragedy.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Jul 2, 2014
    67
    It's all clichéd, of course, and has been since "The Exorcist" but it's still effective, perhaps more so with anyone who, like our hero cop, comes from the world of scented smoke and altar boys.
  3. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Jul 2, 2014
    58
    For all its darkness, [it] never really scares up anything new.
  4. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jul 2, 2014
    40
    Actually, Ramirez should probably have been cast in the lead, since things flatten out whenever he disappears.
  5. 38
    Deliver Us from Evil takes a very long time to deliver us from dullness.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Anderson
    Jul 1, 2014
    33
    This rote exorcism-is-real claptrap.
  7. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Jul 2, 2014
    20
    This is television-level moviemaking top to bottom, from its preposterous premise, scenery-chomping performances, idiotic sound cues and force-fed jump-scares. Deliver Us From Evil delivers formula, and in a formulaic fashion.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. Sep 6, 2014
    10
    I went to see this movie two days ago and i still think that it was money well spent.
    This movie beside providing jump scares, it has a good
    I went to see this movie two days ago and i still think that it was money well spent.
    This movie beside providing jump scares, it has a good history.
    I have to admit that thriller and horror combination is one of the best types of combination that the current Hollywood movies should have.
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  2. Oct 18, 2014
    9
    If you have knowledge about Christianity, you will find that this movie is pretty decent. The production investigate about how such thingsIf you have knowledge about Christianity, you will find that this movie is pretty decent. The production investigate about how such things work in real life. I recommend it ... this film exceeded my expectations. Expand
  3. Nov 1, 2014
    7
    The movie is enjoyable and the acting is actually good but,the movie was boring sometimes because there was barely no action and probablyThe movie is enjoyable and the acting is actually good but,the movie was boring sometimes because there was barely no action and probably because the religion was barely a character in the movie because they are always talking about this.(I have no problem with religion or religious peoples but it is kind of boring in the movies). Expand
  4. Jul 10, 2014
    5
    So here I am, just getting back from a week long cruise to the Bahamas with one thought in mind: "I really wanna see Transformers again, butSo here I am, just getting back from a week long cruise to the Bahamas with one thought in mind: "I really wanna see Transformers again, but in IMAX.". Unfortunately that didn't fly because I'm a firm believer in majority rule and upon the mention of "Deliver Us From Evil", my buddies jumped at the opportunity for something new as opposed to something we already liked. Usually I'm all in for a horror movie, and if you know me you know that I'm a huge horror buff. I love it, no, thrive on it! Games, movies, television... Comics? Maybe. Though regardless of my horror obsession and the weird need to be frightened every once in a while, I'm getting sick of the demonic possession movies. This is especially the case with those that are "Inspired By [insert name or event here]", which is exactly what this film is. Honestly, I'm beginning to think that all of these "Inspired By" stories come from schizophrenics who are paid by film writers to go on about what they 'saw'.

    "Deliver Us From Evil" has a pretty strong start, at least. Kicking things off in Iraq during 2010, we follow a squad of soldiers who find their way into a tomb that is supposedly riddled with a demonic presence. This is great, but then 3 years go by and we're dropped onto the pursuit of these men from our protagonist, Sarchie (Eric Bana) who is working as a cop called in to a domestic violence case. Upon arriving to the scene, things get even more interesting as an action-packed chase goes down that leads to the downfall of this film: an omega slow pace with really bad and predictable jump scares. Like, the majority of this movie is Sarchie slowly walking around an area with weird noises going on, which you know is over when they attempt to drop a scare on you. When Sarchie isn't walking, he's talking in an attempt to build interesting dialogue that gets washed out by hallucination's and the oh so annoying "Did you see that?" or "Did you hear that?".

    Don't get me wrong, I'm all for getting a good story and a movie taking it's time to become good, but there's nothing more disappointing than a movie that never quite gets there. "Deliver Us From Evil" tries, but with so many plot-holes covered up by jump scares that were forced on the audience a bit too soon, it feels like nothing more than $10 that could have gone towards something much more deserving. The worst part from my personal experience at least, is the fact that both my friend and brother fell asleep for a few minutes during the movie. The two people who not only voted to see it, but you never take to movies with you because they talk the whole time fell asleep! Yeah, it's 'that' slow.

    Overall, I wouldn't recommend checking this movie out until you can do so without paying for it. Whether you choose to watch an online bootleg, wait for Netflix, or have a friend who's sucker enough to rent/buy it, just save your time and money here. This is especially the case if you've seen at least 2 demonic possession movies this year already, because nothing much changes here besides this film having one of the most interesting exorcism's I've ever seen. If you've got some extra money to sling around and are still a bit curious then by all means, go check this out... But I warned you.

    Rating: 2.5/5 [5/10]
    Version Seen: Digital
    Party Size: 3
    Watch It Again?: No
    Buying BluRay?: No
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  5. Nov 13, 2014
    4
    "Deliver Us From Evil" 10 Scale Rating: 4.0 (Bad) ...

    The Good: The performances can't be blamed for the end result here. Bana tried REALLY
    "Deliver Us From Evil" 10 Scale Rating: 4.0 (Bad) ...

    The Good: The performances can't be blamed for the end result here. Bana tried REALLY hard to make this work, Ramirez excelled as a priest with unorthodox methods, and McHale was great as Bana's partner, a knife wielding cop and adrenalin junkie. McHale was particularly notable as he was able to play a serious character while retaining his well known dry humor. Sean Harris, playing the film's creepy main antagonist was probably the best part of the film though as his scenes saved the film from being truly awful. The last 15 minutes or so were intense and well done, making me wonder where this was for the other 1:45.

    The Bad: There is nothing scary about this horror film and the creepy moments are few and far between. While "jumpy" moments have come to be accepted in today's horror films, "Deliver Us From Evil" relies heavily on them and over-uses them. The story itself is cliche and something we have already seen MANY times before, bringing nothing new to the genre. The vast majority of the film is slow and boring with very little happening. Lastly, the film takes a few turns that come across as silly. These turns blur reality and the supernatural in odd ways and felt out of place.
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  6. Jul 31, 2014
    4
    The term "Inspired by True Events" has been taken a bit extreme lately. Many fellow horror enthusiasts, such as myself, can agree to this.The term "Inspired by True Events" has been taken a bit extreme lately. Many fellow horror enthusiasts, such as myself, can agree to this. Films like; "The Conjuring", or "The Quiet Ones" use the term "Inspire" which is very loosely based on something that is somewhat accurate. The latest offender of this term; Scott Derrickson and his fright free flick "Deliver Us From Evil".
    “Deliver Us From Evil” is a film that is cringeworthy and can give you a spike on the ole richter scale inside your body. However, It won’t keep you up late at night with nightmares if that is what you're wondering. That being said, at the end of the film’s lengthy two hour run-time, I felt the film dragged on to precariously in a sense to be taken seriously. Rather it settles in to smooth rhythm early on, then sells out for cheap scares that will make little girls scream, but anyone else feeling irritated.

    The film opens with the promise “Inspired by true accounts of NYPD Sergeant Ralph Sarchie” Former altar boy turned, who is prone to a natural radar for danger, and trouble. After a dark night in the Bronx Zoo, Sarchie comes in contact with a possessed IRAQ vet. To which, Sarchie writes off as a lunatic. But once his wife (Olivia Munn) and daughter start hearing voices. This is where Father Mendoza (Ramirez) comes in and tests the boundaries of limitations.

    The cast itself is top notch, featuring the plentiful-and terrifyingly real performance turned in by Eric Bana as the film chronicles his portrayal of NYPD Sergeant Ralph Sarchie and his accounts of paranormal entities and his journey for the truth. Bana owns the movie and walks with pride. In addition the Community alum, and righteous comedian Joel McHale turns in some dramatic roots as Sarchie’s wise-cracking partner Butler. McHale adds some much needed comedic relief when absolutely necessary. Sadly his charismatic charm, and character development goes nowhere. The real show stealer this time belongs to Edgar Ramirez as Mendoza, a priest with a notorious past that haunts him every day, but can channel his fear and anger through God. While Bana’s Sarchie can’t channel his rage (an ode to his earlier Hulk days?) The two perfectly balance off each other and prove a remarkable friendship that marks the films stronger attributes.

    Obviously, with the good comes the ...well you know. With a title that distinctly calls itself “Deliver Us From Evil” I expected a little more. Not to mention our director Scott Derrickson, whose previous films include the taunt and edgy “Sinister” and of course a beloved classic “The Exorcism Of Emily Rose”. Nobody could argue he doesn’t know how to firmly grasp eerie backdrops and make you feel uncomfortable driving home late at night. But, the cheap thrills and gimmicks only make me question his credibility more. I wish that Derrickson took a more character approach (much like “Godzilla” did) and make us care more. Ralph Sarchie has a family on screen in the film, but its very rare when the audience actually see’s them. So to me, I just didn’t feel as emotionally connected. The ending is satisfying (especially for a horror film) Which was something I could appreciate, when most horror films (See “Oculus”) leave us high and dry and chomping at the bit. Derrickson screenplay at least left us with answers (probably because its loosely based on a true story).

    Running close to two hours is a hard struggle..for any movie, let alone a self proclaimed-horror flick. There’s of course the occasional thought “Why is he going in the basement alone?!”, or “don’t go down there idiot!” , the same thoughts that come to mind watching ANY other horror flick. I can’t help but feel that these are the over dramatized sequences the film has to offer. And with a director like Derrickson, (just appointed as director of Marvel’s Doctor Strange) he set a bar for himself that obviously he couldn’t live up to.

    I don’t wanna give the illusion I didn’t have a good time, because I did. There were moments I could feel the goosebumps linger up my body. There was less of that, then I wanted.. but they all can’t be “The Cabin In The Woods”. The film boasts with authentic performances all around the board, to which I was truly impressed. But, the latter is written..If the film had been more character driven, less gory, and more prone to it’s own plot-and shorter, then perhaps I would be writing a different review. Sadly “Deliver Us From Evil” comes exactly as advertised.. and I wish it didn’t.

    C

    By: Nate Adams

    Directed By: Scott Derrickson
    Rated: R
    Runtime: 118 mins
    Studio: Sony (Screen Gems)
    Release Date: July 2nd 2014

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  7. Jul 4, 2014
    1
    I am trying very hard to say something positive about this movie, but I cannot recommend it because it is more of a car wreck than a mash-up.I am trying very hard to say something positive about this movie, but I cannot recommend it because it is more of a car wreck than a mash-up. It is not the fault of the actors, who were quite believable, but the script was awful and the director uninspired. This movie made me believe that exorcisms and serial killers both should be retired from the screen, but perhaps there was just nothing fresh here. Very disappointing. Expand

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