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Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist

Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist

2005
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 57m
At an archaeological dig in Africa, Father Lankester Merrin has his first encounter with the devil incarnate. Merrin has focused on archeology, rather than spiritual matters and is intrigued when a church buried beneath the sand is excavated. Inside, he finds many signs of devil worship. To a great extent, he has lost his faith and is particularly haunted by events during the Nazi occupation and the impact of his decisions had on his parishioners. When the devil occupies the body of a young patient in the village hospital, Merrin risks his life to save him. (imdb)
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Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist

2005
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 57m
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Rated 29 Aug 2010
40
2nd
It was an attempt to something much better... but still ONLY an attempt.
Rated 06 Feb 2023
35
19th
Attempts to face up to the worst crimes of the modern world (Nazism, colonialism), and thereby to mount a defence of the metaphysics of guilt. Unsurprisingly, the means prove inadequate to the ends. Schrader says he removed some dialogue from son-of-a-murderer Carr’s script because it was “what you hear in a college dorm after about midnight and two beers and a joint”: a believable statement, but hard to say for sure if going all out in that direction would have hurt or helped the final result.
Rated 18 Aug 2010
19
9th
Painful acting, absurdly unrealistic CG, and utterly unfrightening sequencing - how did such a mid-high-budget movie skimp on the major constituent parts of a horror film?
Rated 27 Aug 2023
58
25th
The mystery build up in the first part was way more fun than anything after. A single interesting thing to me was the way they represented temptation, by not making it about getting riches or whatever, but fixing something. I won't spoil more, though it is a shame they didn't polish that off better either
Rated 27 Oct 2021
18
10th
It's better than Harlin's film but that's not saying much. Both of them have the classic shitty prequel curse of making you think, this didn't need to be made.
Rated 17 Oct 2008
40
11th
This film is watchable but only the once, Stellan Skarsgard was good as the young Father Merrin. This does feel like it hasn't been completed the special effects are laughable. Although the storyline very similiar and alot of the actors the same this does pull it of better, and gives a good insight to Father Merrin's past
Rated 17 Apr 2009
70
64th
I kinda like this, but actually liked the theatrically released cut (Exorcist: The Beginning) better.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
10
5th
horrible movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
0
5th
Absolutely banal. Leave the series alone.
Rated 13 Mar 2009
33
19th
This is significantly more elegant, ambitious, and thoughtful than Harlin's prequel, and Skarsgard gives an effective performance. But in spite of all this, it's still pretty dull.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
55
15th
Infinitely more watchable than Exorcist: The Beginning.
Rated 01 Oct 2013
43
5th
43.000
Rated 12 Apr 2013
50
2nd
Zzzzzzzz.. good start, but the rest of the movie in the Church was boring and not scary at all -.- is this horror??..
Rated 11 Sep 2008
79
70th
Makes sense if you're not looking to be scared. Which is really bad news if it has the Exorcist name on it, because both studio execs and audiences are going to assume (and you know what they say about assuming...). Deserves a rewatch by all as a spiritual coming-of-age tale abandoned by its purse-holders.
Rated 27 Feb 2016
50
7th
que bosta
Rated 12 Jan 2014
4
23rd
Atrocious acting, particularly from the female lead, who is both wooden and awkward on camera. Skarsgard is good, however. a safe pair of hands, as always. Also, not scary or tense in the slightest.
Rated 27 May 2020
70
44th
A linha narrativa sobre a culpa cristã é excepcional neste filme, todo o peso do colonialismo, nazismo e inquisição por séculos tendo aval dos cristãos exemplificados na figura do Merrin, o que faz ainda mais sentido depois que o Schrader fez First Reformed. Sem orçamento suficiente para os efeitos das cenas de possessão eles acabaram sendo mesmo risíveis, mas a pegada do que está sendo demonstrado ainda é mais potente do que esses acidentes de percurso de pós-produção. BRip RARBG
Rated 14 Aug 2007
35
13th
Poor.
Rated 03 Jul 2012
37
5th
36.750
Rated 03 Sep 2008
49
50th
okay
Rated 09 Sep 2008
95
0th
much scarier than the original film
Rated 13 Jan 2008
15
3rd
Tasteless and not really scary, balancing on the fine line to pointless.
Rated 19 Oct 2010
70
53rd
"This movie is good we need Renny Harlin to fix it!!!"
Rated 11 Apr 2007
80
43rd
A goofy finale, poor leading lady and special effects that wouldn't pass muster on a Sci-Fi channel production bring down what is an otherwise intelligent, well written good vs. evil tale.
Rated 22 Sep 2021
74
46th
After the last prequel to The Exorcist, I wasn't expecting much out of Dominion, given the fact that both prequels are the same exact story, just alternate versions of one another, but this one is MILES better than that first one. I don't even know how they managed to do this. This flowed together so naturally, the acting felt much more realistic and emotionally impactful, the story of the archeological dig seemed much more captivating. The church itself...looked better. idk...it just worked
Rated 17 Sep 2007
50
22nd
better than Harlin's but not good

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