His chewy supporting role as a has-been fight trainer in “Bleed for This” had us hoping that we’d seen the last of Aaron Eckhart slumming in horror’s “Poverty Row” productions.
But no. “I Frankenstein” was but one paycheck picture. “Incarnate” is another.
Man’s gotta eat, Christmas is coming, etc.
“Incarnate” is an exorcism movie where they invent a “scientific ” style of demonic removal — traveling into the brain of the possessed to rescue them from the illusion that the “parasitic entities” control them.
“I don’t DO exorcisms! I EVICT them, from the INSIDE!”
Talk about pointless. If you’re going to do an exorcism movie, you need the Catholic Church, the old priest and the young priest, the crucifixes “the green vomit,” as one character jokes, “the whole head spinning around, that stuff.”
But if you’re the screenwriter of the 2008 ghost flop “Passengers” trying to find something to do with a revived corner of horror, anything for a laugh and a buck. I guess.
Eckhart is Dr. Ember, a “cutting edge” researcher, confined to a wheelchair, chasing an evil spirit named “Maggie” through the skulls of assorted folks who have been touched and thus possessed by her.
A little boy (David Mazouz) is the latest. His concerned mother (Carice Van Houten of “Black Book,””Race” and “Valkyrie”) calls The Church. And the Vatican sends Catalina Sandino Moreno of “Maria Full of Grace” to acquire Dr. Ember’s services.
“I don’t CLOCK IN for the Vatican!”
But if this case helps him nail his nemesis, so be it.
Breanne Hill and Keir O’Donnell are the scientific assistants/pretty set dressing for “The Boss.” Tomas Arana is a rival “incarnate” living large “on Vatican money.”
There’s a new nomenclature — “arch demons” who can be defeated by “a Truth.” And there’s a crucifix or two.
Mainly, this is just Eckhart, unshaven and unkempt, strapped and writhing in a wheelchair in a darkened room or — when he’s chasing “a parasitic entity” inside somebody — cleanshaven, groomed and troubled as he tries to lead the possessed out of danger in whatever fantasy world the demon has lured the victim into.
Dullness “Incarnate,” in other words.
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of horror violence, terror, disturbing images, brief strong language, sensuality and thematic elements
Credits:Directed by Brad Peyton, script by Ronnie Christensen. A High Top release.
Running time: 1:31