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Incarnate (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Incarnate can't be accused of lack of ideas -- if only any of them made sense or coalesced in any meaningful or scary way.

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After a single mother (Carice van Houten) witnesses terrifying symptoms of demonic possession in her 11-year-old son (David Mazouz), a Vatican representative (Catalina Sandino Moreno) calls on wheelchair-bound scientist Dr. Seth Ember (Aaron Eckhart) to rid him of the evil spirit. Driven by a personal agenda rooted in his own tragic past, Ember enters the boy's unconscious mind where he confronts a demon as ferocious as it is ingenious.

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It's all a wild jumble of half-baked, derivative ideas and arbitrary rules, all of which add up to a suspense-free horror narrative as murky as its lighting.

December 2, 2016 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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Strident rhetoric is required for describing Brad Peyton's latest film, a maddening hodgepodge of ideas that range from undercooked to unoriginal.

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Incarnate, much like its central character at key moments, barely seems to have a pulse.

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Dense with plot and mythology, the film is refreshingly unpredictable - if only because guessing what comes next would require understanding what the hell is going on.

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Incarnate is such a pointless bit of hackwork that it almost makes the recent horror dud Shut In seem focused by comparison.

December 2, 2016 | Rating: .5/4 | Full Review…

Offers a relatively fresh take on standard-issue exorcism-melodrama tropes, along with a performance by Aaron Eckhart that is more than persuasive enough to encourage the investment of a rooting interest.

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Audience Reviews for Incarnate

Incarnate is an interesting premise that would have better performed as a Netflix series instead of a feature-length film. In what should have been a Supernatural horror film feels more like Comic Book origin movie with no way to turn a good idea into a good movie. While it is more entertaining than many other films in the Blumhouse library, at the end of the day, Incarnate doesn't have the story to pull off its own ideas.

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