Common Sense Media reviews The Rite for kids and parents.
Inspired by true events, "The Rite" follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue), who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While in Rome, he meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who introduces him to the darker side of his faith.
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The Rite -- Follows a skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O Donoghue), who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican.
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"The Rite" is a supernatural thriller that uncovers the Devil's reach to even one of the holiest places on Earth. Inspired by true events, the film follows seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue), who is sent to study exorcism at the Vatican in spite of his own doubts about the controversial practice and even his own faith. Wearing his deep skepticism like armor, Michael challenges his superiors to look to psychiatry, rather than demons, in treating the possessed. Only when he's sent to apprentice with the unorthodox Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins)--a legendary priest who has performed thousands of exorcisms--does Michael's armor begin to fall. As he is drawn into a troubling case that seems to transcend even Father Lucas's skill, he begins to glimpse a phenomenon science can't explain or control...and an evil so violent and terrifying that it forces him to question everything he believes.
"The Rite" is a supernatural thriller that uncovers the Devil's reach to even one of the holiest places on Earth.
It was the age of Da Vinci and unparalleled intellectual achievement. But it was also the age of Machiavelli, incessant war and unspeakable depravity. At the heart of the world order was the Vatican, And at the center of the Vatican was a man whose quest for power would propel him to seek the ultimate prize. He was a man whose name would become synonymous with ruthlessness, and whose reign as pope would be remembered as the most infamous chapter of the Catholic church -Rodrigo Borgia.
At the French encampment, Djem learns of his son's murder and falls ill. Cesare uses the opportunity to escape. Pantisilea informs Lucrezia that d'Este is in a hospital in Rome. As all of Rome celebrates the victory, Cesare is left pondering the nature of miracles.
The Conclave continues, as no single Cardinal has received enough votes to be elected Pope. Rodrigo visits della Porta, hoping to gain his votes, and outlines the consequences of what will happen depending on who is elected Pope, but Porta won't support Rodrigo.
Milan, della Rovere, the Colonna and the Orsini have all allied with France. Venice, Spain, and the Holy Roman Empire remain uncommitted.
Alessandro and Cesare visit a Striga to predict Cesare's future. She foresees five deaths over the course of the summer that will change Cesare's life. The Borgia, Orsini, Medici and Cibo dine together to celebrate their new alliance. Giovanni de Medici is saddened by the illness of his father, Lorenzo the Magnificent, who has maintained peace between Naples and Milan.
As Giulia gives birth, Rodrigo and the remaining Cardinals discuss the state of war. Della Rovere is poised to take over as pope. Switching strategies, Rodrigo gives Charles permission to pass through Rome.
Bells toll as the rioting has ended temporarily. Cesare returns to Pisa, where he meets in secret with a pregnant Fiametta, fearful of Rodrigo discovering his unborn son.
Cesare and Alessandro arrive in Spoleto, where Rodrigo has told them to remain, indefinitely. They meet Cesare's new secretary, Agapito Geraldini. Rodrigo is crowned Pope, announcing plans to rebuild St. Peter's, funded by an annual tithe from each Cardinal.
Having learned that his wife died in childbirth at sea, an angry Juan confronts Lucrezia about her role in Maria Enriques' escape. An incredulous doctor cannot deny or verify Sister Lucia's stigmata. A despondent Lucrezia turns to Pedro for comfort. Cardinal Carafa reveals the people of Naples have chosen Federigo d'Aragona to be their king, not Juan Borgia.
At the Consistory, Carafa announces King Ferrante of Naples is dead. The Cardinals debate the rightful ruler of Naples.
Spanish Ambassador De Haro announces the discovery of a New World by the legendary explorer, Cristofero Colombo. Rodrigo divides the New World between Spain and Portugal. Rodrigo sends Juan back to Spain to marry the Princess Maria Enriques.
Rodrigo addresses the Cardinals, expressing his sorrow. Upon receiving a letter of condolence from della Rovere, Rodrigo invites him back to Rome. Rodrigo dismisses Giulia. Rodrigo denies Lucrezia's request to marry Pedro Caldes, with whom she is deeply in love.
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