Genre: Horror / Thriller
Director: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Chris Coy, Dorian Missick
You haven’t seen true evil
Deliver Us from Evil has an interesting background as it is based on a book called Beware The Night by Ralph Sarchie, a retired NYPD police officer who would later become a so-called demonologist. Although films that claim to be based on true stories doesn’t always end up to be very good, there’s no denying that the backstory of this one provides something fresh and interesting.
Eric Bana portrays Ralph Sarchie in the film and the case he works on is his first contact with true evil when he investigates a series of violent and demonic events. Together with his non-believer partner Butler and the young priest Mendoza, Ralph goes up against an evil demon that has traveled all the way from the deep caves of Iraq.
The film plays like a dark thriller, following the cops chasing the evil around the gritty streets of New York. You always feel like the horror elements are present and it does have some horrific scenes in it early on aswell before it turns to become a more typical and generic exorcism movie in the final part, which is also the low point of the film.