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The short: this movie was exceptionally amateur.
The long of it is that this movie had almost nothing going well for it. From the acting to the plot to the writing to the scenery - it all makes you really wonder who had written such glowing reviews of this movie. Someone must have some connections to get this movie into movie theaters; it's breathtaking just how disjointed almost every aspect of this movie is.
The movie starts out with a plot about a kid who wants to be a priest, finds a relic that had belonged to his grandfather, and somehow releases a demon. Never does the story ever go into how the demon got there, what it wants, how it is related to the grandfather, how it is related to the relic - basic plot stuff is seemingly unimportant. It is just relic + kid = demon. It gets worse from there as inconsistencies build. Yes! They actually BUILD UP! One minute, the protagonist recognizes he has a demon, the next minute the demon is a fleeting idea in the background while the protagonist hangs out with his love interest. Does the demon make him possessive of her or does it make him want to hurt her? A little of both, actually - misogyny is maybe the most consistent aspect to the movie. It is as if the movie was written by someone who doesn't understand that there can be an order of events, and that one event can lead to another, and that something happened as a result of something else. I almost imagine that when writing the script, they just wrote a new scene every day, and kinda shuffled up the papers. The result is the horrors of bad writing, and how important editors are. It's scary that this movie was made, really! Maybe that's the only scary thing about it.
Crazy things that they tried to pass off as scenes:
While a priest is praying, he hears voices, sees a baby in a military jacket (?) that turns into a skeleton and then shatters, which somehow makes the priest collapse and have a stroke. Turns out not to be one of those like serious strokes, and the priest just gets on with life.
The main character attempts to commit suicide in order to stop himself from killing his sister, gets rescued by his father who, we learn in the scene, is conveniently a paramedic! Gets on with life. Suicide is a pretty serious idea to introduce so lightly without any clarification or real intention. It's not dark, it's just dim.
One minute, the main character is becoming possessed, beats up his friend, steals a car, goes to jail, and lashes out at his parents, and nearly rapes a girl! The next minute he is having his sweet 16th birthday, couldn't be happier! Well, except that part about being all demonically possessed, but it's cool. The girl said she understood that like, everyone gets a little crazy.
Somehow the demon goes around and kills all three of Alex's best guy friends. Alex has a special ability to watch it maybe in his mind? Through the demon? Why does that happen? Who cares! Next thing you know, Alex is at their funeral standing over a casket of one of the dead friends and, moving on! That's done, no more of that, end scene!
Like, they killed a bunch of characters, but couldn't be bothered to even complete whole scene!
The actor who plays Alex, the main character, should just stick to modeling. How do you know he's possessed? He's staring right at the camera! How do you know he isn't possessed? He's looking down sheepishly. He should get an award for the lowest range of expression caught on film. He was not even able to convincingly drink from a bottle. A bottle.
As it turns out, the special effects on the demon itself wasn't horrible, but all it seems to be able to do is awkwardly rub itself in a weird way, get kinda smokey, and maybe snarl a bit. It didn't seem interested in actually hurting anyone, so, not much of a demon, really.
This movie is not worth seeing, not even to laugh at.