Believe or not, it has been 20 years since “The Silence of the Lambs” was released in theaters. It’s true. The movie came out in February 1991, and while most Oscar nominated movies comes out in the final quarter of the year, “The Silence of the Lambs” ended up dominating the Oscars. Anthony Hopkins won the Oscar for Best Actor that year for his portrayal of Dr. Hannibal Lector. He would go on to play Hannibal two more times, in a sequel and a prequel, but has not really played a character that could be defined as “creepy” until now in “The Rite”.
The movie is inspired by true events, although the specific opening credit reads, “Suggested by the book by Matt Baglio”. The story follows a young man on the verge of priesthood, Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donoghue) who has lost his faith; there is even a question if he ever had it to start. Before he is allowed to quit he is sent to Italy to study how to perform exorcisms. He doesn’t believe in the devil or demons and thinks anyone who is “possessed” just needs some psychological help. He is then introduced to Father Lucas Trevant (Hopkins) who has performed over 1000 exorcisms. Slowly as Michael witnesses first hand of some possessed people he has a harder and harder time logically explaining what he sees. He better find his faith quick as it appears that maybe Father Lucas himself may be possessed.