Deliver Us from Evil Reviews
A documentary delving into the now known sins of the Catholic Church. Definitely informs us to a greater extent of the sinister details than 'Spotlight' and it adequately identifies the individuals in the church who participated in the outrageous cover-up. However I found the structure and presentation bland and it's focus on one paedophile priest in particular somewhat obscured the large scope of the scandal.
This film, in my opinion, is far more powerful than the one that won accolades at the recent Oscars, because it talks directly to those involved. I will never forget Mr Jyongo and his pain on knowing what O'Grady did to his daughter.
The fact that O'Grady is a free man now, in Ireland, is nothing short of a national disgrace - for that country, for the Catholic Church, and for all of us who fail to speak out and support those fighting against abuse. As painful as it is to watch, everyone should see this film, and then go and do something.
Anger, shock, horror, fear - all just some of the feelings that this movie will put you through. The involvement of O'Grady in the film takes it to new, nauseating, levels and yet it still seems to avoid becoming overly-sensationalised. This is the story of a 'monster' and, as always, that monster is really a human being and that's the scariest thing of all.
Because of the clinical approach it does miss an emotional punch, even when it's not easy to watch a grown man consumed by guilt over not being able to protect his daughter. But it's a solid documentary that tackles a big important issue, and that's always recommended.
But you hear from some victims.
And you see the injustice.
And you feel the added violation of being ignored and sidelined by the church that was supposed to protect and not overlook such degradation.
Don't go into this movie without heeding this warning about the subject matter.
But it's well done, and clear, thorough and accurate.
It's intelligent and compassionate.
If you can handle the heavy subject matter, there is the reward of seeing truth, and that truth, by nature, will set you free.