DOMINION: PREQUEL TO THE EXORCIST

Dominion of God over Satan

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Release Date: May 20, 2005

Starring: Stellan Skarsgard, Gabriel
Mann, Clara Bellar, and Billy
Crawford

Genre: Horror

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 113 minutes

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

Director: Paul Schrader

Executive Producer: Guy McElwaine and David
Robinson

Producer: James G. Robinson

Writer: William Wisher and Caleb Carr

Address Comments To:

Barry M. Meyer, Chairman/CEO
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
(A subsidiary of Time Warner)
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522-0001
Phone: (818) 954-6000
Website: www.movies.warnerbros.com

Content:

(CC, BBB, FR, Pa, O, Ro, Co, L, VVV, N, M) Very strong Christian and biblical worldview in a Roman Catholic setting including standing for Christ to the death, keeping faith in God, encouraging the discouraged, forgiving enemies, asking God for help in reverence, repentance, casting out the Devil, accepting salvation in Christ, positive references to Jesus Christ, God has ultimate dominion over Satan, with some false religious elements including worshipping at pagan temples and statues of idols, pagan elements of animal sacrifices to gods and drinking blood in rituals, some references to occult witchcraft, and Romantic elements state that Christianity corrupts societies, as well as Communism apparent among tribe not wanting to mingle with priests; two or three strong profanities; very strong violence depicting point blank shots in the head, massacres involving guns, people shot with arrows, woman gives birth, and baby born dead with maggot infestation; no sexual content or references other than scene where woman gives birth; upper male nudity in temple basement; and, priest repents and turns to God after going on spiritual sabbatical, prodigal priest uses violent behavior to solve one problem but otherwise uses nonviolent behavior, revenge, theft, lying, and use of patron saints and praying to dead saints may be offensive to some non-Catholics.

Summary:

Now on video, DOMINION: PREQUEL TO THE EXORCIST tells how an ex-priest's compassion for a demon-possessed boy brings the man back to his faith so he can perform an exorcism on the boy. DOMINION is provocative and states clearly that God has dominion over Satan, but it contains disturbing images, excessive violence and gore, a horrific soundtrack, and some debatable doctrinal issues.

Review:

DOMINION: PREQUEL TO THE EXORCIST enjoyed a very brief release earlier this year, and then was dumped into the home video market. The movie is very hard to place. The battle of good and evil is always at war throughout the whole movie. There is also an awareness of what is evil and good. The filmmakers do a good job of setting up the shots of this provocative movie.

In the desert plains of Africa, a mysterious young boy named Cheche is found in the hills near an archeological excavation of a church buried during the Byzantine rule. Merrin, an ex-priest turned archeologist, tries to make first contact with this boy.

Merrin gets closer to the boy only to find out that Cheche is very ill and needs medical attention. Dr. Rachel Lesno treats Cheche of his illnesses, and the boy begins to recover in a miraculous way. Merrin, Father Francis and Dr. Lesno think that the Holy Spirit must be in the child because the child seems to be accompanied by God.

Father Francis decides to pray to God over the boy. The prayers of Father Francis disturb a demon, who manifests itself through the boy. Father Francis decides to baptize the boy to save him from his sins.

Francis takes Cheche to the excavated church to baptize him in a pool in the basement. The demon interrupts his attempts, and Dr. Lesno ends up being captured by the demon and mentally tormented. Merrin and Francis must perform an exorcism on the boy.

DOMINION has a very strong portrayal of evil. There is a spiritual war going on near the buried church, which apparently was built over a pagan temple. Evil struggles to have dominion over good, but is unable to overcome it.

This movie may appeal to fans of the EXORCIST series, but it is more blunt in stating that God has dominion over Satan and his demons. The demon is in the boy, but then Satan is also active in the surrounding area too. Merrin's compassion for the boy draws him back into his faith. Merrin finds his way back to God, frees the boy and shows the boy the way to God.

Discretion should be used when watching this movie, partly because of some questionable doctrinal issues. Also, although there is no sexual content, the movie contains disturbing images, excessive violence and gore, and quite a horrific soundtrack.

In Brief:

IN BRIEF:

Now on video, DOMINION: PREQUEL TO THE EXORCIST is set in the desert plains of Africa. A mysterious young boy named Cheche is found in the hills near an archeological excavation of a church buried during the Byzantine rule. Merrin, a priest turned archeologist, finds out that Cheche needs medical attention. After treatment, the boy begins to recover in a miraculous way. Father Francis decides to pray to God over the boy. His prayers disturb a demon that manifests itself through the boy. Francis tries to baptize Cheche in a pool in the buried church's basement, but the demon interrupts his attempts. Merrin and Francis must perform an exorcism on the boy.

The filmmakers do a good job of setting up the shots of this provocative movie. DOMINION has a very strong portrayal of evil, but it states clearly that God has dominion over Satan and his demons. Merrin's compassion for the boy draws him back into his faith. Merrin frees the boy and shows the boy the way to God. Discretion should be used partly because of some debatable doctrinal issues. The movie also contains disturbing images, excessive violence and a horrific soundtrack