September 06, 2018

The Nun is in theaters on September 7th, 2018.

Buckle up and come along for the ride in this supernatural horror flick that's part of the Conjuring Cinematic Universe (or the "CCU"). That kind of makes it sound like some sort of Marvel franchise except, they're only here to scare the crap out of you. The fifth installment in this franchise and a spin-off of The Conjuring 2 (2016), director Colin Hardy gives us The Nun. Here we get the backstory of the whatever chilling demon that terrorizes others while in a habit.

In this film, the Vatican appoints a duo to investigate an unusual suicide of nun at an abbey in Romania. Now lets go back to how the Conjuring universe kind of reminds me of endless Marvel characters and teams, and it's laughable to imagine the wonky trio that ends up roped into miracle hunting the hell out this place, literally. Father Burke (Demián Bichir) is the go-to spooky sleuth for the Vatican, with extensive knowledge of supernatural phenomena in the church. He is told to bring novitiate, Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga), because of her knowledge of the area. She's never been to Romania, but whatever, she has some physic abilities anyway so it works. Lastly, they recruit reluctant delivery boy to the abbey, Frenchie (Jonas Bloquet), to actually assist them with navigating the grounds after he found the nun hanged smack dab above the front steps.

The acting from these few alone carries the movie well enough, even without common sense. Bichir is wonderfully cast and has a smooth, svelte voice as he speaks of his character's experience and knowledge more as the mystery unfolds. Against the dark and grimy abbey, Farmiga strongly plays an innocent little thing in bright white and looks really great doing it, even while facing demonic nightmares galore. Bloquet is a nice comedic relief to compliment the post jump scare giggles and kind of rounds the characters out.

That all being said, we really don't have all that much plot here, or at least a logical one. It's all very forgettable and silly, but the camera work is decent and the sound effects are thrilling. I would recommend this movie as a date or girls night in the theater once and that'll do.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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