Deliver Us from Evil (2014) Movie Review
Deliver Us from Evil (2014) is an American horror supernatural crime thriller movie that is based on 2001 non-fiction book, Beware the Night by Lisa Collier Cool and Ralph Sarchie. Director and co-writer Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Hellraiser: Inferno) did a good job filming this thriller horror movie in New York City, New York and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Deliver Us from Evil contains bloody violence scenes, extreme gore, profanity, demon possessed people, tons of dead bodies, suspense and frightening scenes. It has gut wrenching moments where you might squirm from seeing terrifying images. The movie was very intense with its graphic scenes.
Deliver Us from Evil is about the real life events of an honest New York City police officer, Ralph Sarchie with a New Jersey accent. Ralph (Eric Bana - Hulk, Something in the Air, Munich) was given a case that lead him to meet Castilian/Hungarian priest Mendoza. Mendoza (Édgar Ramírez - Vantage Point, Domino, Wrath of the Titans) tries to convince Ralph that the case is demonically related. Ralph has put his faith in religion behind him and does not belief in demons. They soon began to work together to fight against the paranormal evil that is havocking chaos slowly throughout NYC. Ralph’s caring wife Jen (Olivia Munn - Iron Man 2, Magic Mike, Attack of the Show!) is connected to the case of a demon invasion. Ralph has possessed soldier Santino (Sean Harris - Isolation, Harry Brown, Prometheus) targeting him.
One intense scene that got me on the edge of my seat was when Ralph and Mendoza performed an exorcism on a man in the holding room in the police station. The man’s chest was bleeding and carved with Persian symbols and Latin words. He was in handcuffs and a straightjacket and soon broke out of both. He was quickly restrained back to the chair with new handcuffs as we see his face and neck bleeding. It was disturbing to watch his neck breaking itself backwards over the back of his chair and then set itself to be normal again. His forehead suddenly opens up under his hairline and bleeds. Mendoza splashed holy water on the man repeatedly, touched a crucifix on the man’s head and anointed the man’s forehead with sacred oil as he read the scriptures. The man growled, hissed like a cat, screamed and made screeching sounds. He throws down Mendoza, but Mendoza got up and we see a flying spirit flying around the room and enters the man. Watch the movie to see what happened next.
The actor’s performances were superb, and the atmosphere settings gave me a spooky feeling but the movie’s ending was very predictable. The movie lost points in my book for having a predictable ending. Eric Bana and Olivia Munn’s performance as husband and wife were as real as it can get. I would love to see them paired together in more movies. The makeup department did a fantastic job with their detail work that appeared realistic - which made it difficult for people with a weak stomach/faint hearted to watch.
It cost about $19 million to shoot this movie in New York state during a period of 34 days. The production team paid $7 million to hire 700-cast/crew and 400 extras for the movie. Some of the movie was filmed in Long Island, NY and at the Liwa Oasis desert in Abu Dhabi. Deliver Us from Evil earned $2.8 million on its opening day and $9,500,000 on its opening weekend.
Starring: Eric Bana, Lauro Chartrand, Chris Coy, Sean Harris, Olivia Munn, Sean Nelson, Raiden Integra, Scott Johnsen, Oliver Wadsworth, Valentina Rendón, Daniel Sauli, Lolita Foster, Antoinette LaVecchia, Joseph Basile, Aidan Gemme, Sean Bennett, Jenna Gavigan, John Auer, Skylar Toddings, Carmen Ortiz-Girdauskas, Sebastian La Cause, Victor Pagan, Steve Hamm, Carol Stanzione, Ben Livingston, Mari-Ange Ramirez, Adam Kobylarz, Édgar Ramírez, Ben Horner, Lyndsey Bloise
Director: Scott Derrickson
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