Friday 17 November 2023

REVIEW: Deliver Us (2023 Film) - Starring Lee Roy Kunz, Maria Vera Ratti, Alexander Siddig, Jaune Kimmel, and Thomas Kretschmann

Review by Jon Donnis
"Deliver Us," the 2023 religious horror film directed by Lee Roy Kunz and Cru Ennis, delivers a chilling and atmospheric take on the age-old battle between good and evil. With a solid score of 7.5 out of 10, the film successfully combines moody cinematography, practical gore effects, and an intriguing premise to create a compelling viewing experience.

In a Russian convent, Sister Yulia finds herself unexpectedly pregnant with twins, claiming their conception to be immaculate. Prophecies surround these siblings, destined to embody the Messiah and the Antichrist. In response to a perilous threat from the Vox Dei sect, Father Fox and Cardinal Russo journey to Saint Petersburg to safeguard Yulia. Faced with imminent danger, they relocate Yulia to Estonia.

Seeking refuge, the trio lands at a secluded estate owned by Laura, the priest's fiancée, whom he plans to marry following his resignation from the Church. However, the tranquility of their new sanctuary is shattered by a series of bizarre events instigated by the malevolent twin.

As the narrative unfolds, the film skillfully weaves together elements of religious horror, psychological tension, and supernatural occurrences. The story takes unexpected turns as Sister Yulia, Father Fox (Lee Roy Kunz), and Cardinal Russo (Alexander Siddig) navigate the dangerous path laid out by a sect named Vox Dei.

One of the film's strengths lies in its departure from typical jump scares, opting instead for a more methodical and atmospheric approach. This deviation from the norm adds a layer of suspense and fosters a sense of unease throughout the movie. The film successfully relies on building a pervasive atmosphere of distrust, making it a refreshing departure from conventional horror tropes.

The cast, led by Lee Roy Kunz as Father Fox and Maria Vera Ratti as Sister Yulia, delivers commendable performances. The chemistry between the characters contributes to the film's emotional impact, particularly as the story explores the complexities of faith, family, and destiny. However, the lack of a strong villain is a noticeable flaw that diminishes the overall impact of the narrative.

Visually, "Deliver Us" is a treat, boasting a stunning backdrop and cinematography that enhances the film's eerie atmosphere. The practical gore effects are executed with finesse, adding a visceral and unsettling quality to the horror elements. The tantalizing blend of cinematic beauty and a promising premise keeps the audience engaged, even when the character development falls short.

While "Deliver Us" may not break new ground in the religious horror genre, it successfully captures the essence of classics like "The Omen" and introduces its own unique twists. With its effective atmospheric tension, visually striking scenes, and a blend of horror elements, the film earns its 7.5 out of 10 rating. Despite some shortcomings in character development and the absence of a formidable antagonist, "Deliver Us" remains a worthy addition to the horror genre, offering a satisfying and chilling experience for fans of the macabre.

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