Our latest watch on Netflix was The Pope’s Exorcist starring Russell Crowe. I am usually not a fan of “horror” films, but Teresa likes them so we will occasionally slip one into our steaming choices. This film received “medium” reviews, but we both like Crowe so we decided to watch.
The Pope’s Exorcist explores the depths of demonic possession and the unwavering faith of those who confront it. Russell Crowe delivers a solid performance as Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican’s leading exorcist, whose unwavering belief in God’s power drives him to battle the forces of darkness.
The story unfolds as Amorth investigates the possession of a young boy, uncovering a sinister conspiracy that threatens the very foundations of the Vatican. As he delves deeper into the case, Amorth faces not only the terrifying manifestations of demonic possession but also the internal struggles of his own faith.
The film’s atmosphere is palpable, immersing you in the unsettling reality of Amorth’s encounters with possessed individuals. Director Julius Avery masterfully employs dark and shadowy visuals, coupled with eerie sound effects, to create a sense of dread and unease.
The supporting cast, including Daniel Zovatto, Alex Essoe, and Franco Nero, provides solid performances, adding depth and complexity to the narrative. Each character plays a pivotal role in Amorth’s journey, challenging his beliefs and forcing him to confront the true nature of evil.
All in all, it was a film we enjoyed. We would recommend it if you are a Crowe fan.