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Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) Movie Information

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Stellan Skarsgård
Izabella Scorupco
James D'Arcy
Remy Sweeney
Julian Wadham
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A young priest's faith is given a boost by an encounter with a demon in Eastern Africa in the beginning of the 20th century. -- sapien

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mitchellyoung 08/04/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This film is more focused on creating gory set pieces than on actually creating the scary scenes of tension that the first film manages to generate. The original Exorcist is one of the scariest movies ever made. This film may be one of the silliest.

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sapien 02/07/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I actually thought this movie was pretty good. But then again, I love the Exorcist series.... Except for the second one.

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Franz Patrick 12/24/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I decided to rewatch this film because I thought it was boring the first time. Guess what? The second viewing is just as bad. During its first few scenes, I thought it had promise. But then half-way through the film, I was exhausted and bored. The "twist" they had at the end made no sense whatsoever; I actually caught myself rolling my eyes because it was so stupid. If it weren't for the first half of this movie, I would have given this a one star out of four. I have nothing more to say because the film is empty and unnecessary.

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02/03/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Exorcist: The Beginning" by Yojimbo

Exorcist - The Beginning is not a promising proposition. The dreadful title aside, making prequels to accepted classics is NEVER a good idea although I'd have to say that I was never as impressed with the original The Exorcist as everyone else seems to be. It tells the story of how Father Merrin first encounters the demon and why he made hunting it his life's work. All set in the sandblown deserts of Kenya where the demon is unearthed, the one thing this film apes reasonably well is the look of the film, the photography being very attractive and atmospheric but the biggest boost this film receives is in its star; Stellan Skarsgard is a very strong central character who suffers from horrific flashbacks to the atrocities of Nazi Germany that caused him to lose his faith. By far the biggest ...

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10/26/2008 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

The power of Christ compels you...not to see this.

Father Lancaster Merrin, portrayed by Max Von Sydow in the 1973 original Exorcist, is here, in this dire prequel played by Stellan Skarsgard. He is younger, and more confused, even conflicted by his vows of being a priest. He wishes to be acknowledged as an Archaeologist rather than a man of the cloth since being a priest was the reason several Jews were murdered in front of him a few years back. He is summoned to find a sacred Idol in Africa which represents a very evil demon that may be buried beneath the Earth in a recently discovered church. This is no doubt reason enough to go charging into a plague of unexplained phenomena.

The archaologists and scientists already on the scene have either gone mad and been committed to an asylum, or they have gooey postules growing all over thei...

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