The Ritual (2017)
Director: David Bruckner
Main Stars: Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert-James Collier, Sam Troughton, Paul Reid
Storyline: A group of men as friend’s hike in Europe as a promise to a friend who pasted away. What they come across is evil.
Review (Spoils): The film starts with a bunch of men trying to relive their youth and have fun. They all decide to go hiking in Sweden after doing a vote. That night two of the friends go into a store during a theft. One hides as the other is brutal killed. The surviving friend Luke (Rafe Spall) has to live with the guilt and the secret. So, they all decide to go on the trip and on the way through the rough journey they all start to see things they shouldn’t, and things start to become creepy. Also, their friendship and true feelings towards Luke comes to pass.
Picture the film The Cave with men and with a touch of The Witch. The film goes from a true brotherhood bond to split hairs and unearthly evil coming to light. The movie gives you some flashbacks, fire, an occult, a death roaming Ki-Ri of some sort, blood talon marks, naked men, a female torso of plants and dead vegetation, a nasty tree impaling, a nasty slash to the head and some weird trippy imaginary.
Rating: This film started off pretty decent but about half way through it went off track and tried to hard. The bonding and double crossing of the friends was awesome, and I loved that part of the film but when it comes to uprooting the evil within the film got lost. This did not ruin the film, but it could have been so much more if it didn’t not try so hard to tell the tales of the cult. The ending is also lacking and it just kind of stops when it should have been more of Wow ended.