Deliver Us From Evil is all about two police officers, Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) along with his partner Butler (Joel McHale). They are out to investigate the latest in a series of gruesome incidents at the Bronx Zoo. As they start to investigate the case, they realise that this particular case has some seriously sinister undertones.
As Sarchie and Butler get deeper into the case, the film starts to become more and more predictable, with long drawn scene and very little scare. Suddenly a woman visiting the zoo kills her baby. When they question her, she mouths strange lines in Latin and sounds far beyond deranged.
Things become clearer when he meets Rev Joe Mendonza (Edgar Ramirez), a chain-smoking, hard drinking priest who’s convinced that these hideous incidents are linked to a malevolent presence.
The only fun bits in Deliver Us From Evil are when it tricks you that there is something sinister at the end of a dark scene, but sadly it’s just a series of false promises all the way. One gets to see bats, cats, little children in peril and many more such cliches that are a must in a horror film.
The one thing that Deliver Us From Evil does get right is the atmosphere and cinematographer Scott Kevan deserves credit for the same.
Deliver Us From Evil is supposedly inspired by true events, although it’s a given that this has been said just to market the film as there is nothing real about the film and is far away from reality.
As far as performances go, Eric Bana puts in a sincere performance while the rest of the star cast tries hard to do justice with whatever little they have been given to do in the movie.
If you are a die heart fan of Scott Derrickson then go and watch this one or else wait for it to be available online.
Directed by Scott Derrickson, Deliver Us From Evil was a movie that everyone was looking out for, but surprisingly this one fails in every department ...1.5