Plot: Hollywood is littered with stories of aborted attempts at moviemaking, with many directors finding themselves unceremoniously ousted from a project when a studio gets cold feet and rejects their work. Writer-director Paul Schrader (AUTO FOCUS) found himself in this position when he completed filming on a prequel to 1973's THE EXORCIST in 2004. With Renny Harlin replacing Schrader in the director's chair, then reshooting the movie in its entirety, it seemed Schrader's vision would be forever shelved alongside countless other terminated projects. However, 2005 saw a remarkable turn of events, as Warner Bros allowed Schrader's version of the film to be released under the name DOMINION: PREQUEL TO THE EXORCIST.
Like Harlin's film, Stellan Skarsgard plays a young Father Lankester Merrin. Traveling to East Africa, Merrin hopes to forget the horrific events of World War II, and repair his tattered beliefs, which have significantly lapsed following the gruesome battles he unfortunately witnessed. Once there, the dejected priest runs into a team of archaeologists, who are unearthing a buried church which appears to have been concealed under the African landscape for several centuries. As Merrin helps the team with their discoveries, some brutal and bloody events break out, leading to
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Although this is better than Harlin's version, it still has many problems. If 6/10
--FrighT MasteR (UHM)
...was a visually stunning, in depth, well paced and thought provoking (for me anyway) picture that made up for the debacle that was Renny Harlin’s corny take on it. Granted the film would’ve benefited from more Merrin/Rachel time and heavier emphasis onits horror opportunities but that didn’t hinder my enjoyment of it. I mostly dug it for what it was.
--'The Arrow' (Arrow)
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|I was blown away by this film, it's brilliantly written and directed and acted. It works on all levels, while entertaining you at the same time. It succeeds in creeping you out, Paul Schrader is a master storyteller and Dominion proves it. |