Movie review: 'The Nun'

Kenae Frazier | Contributing Writer

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This review might contain spoilers from 'The Nun'

If you haven’t already seen “The Nun” yet, don’t even bother wasting your money. Just wait until it comes out on Netflix or On Demand.

The Nun has grossed over $54 million its opening weekend at the box office. This movie could be labelled more as thriller than horror film. The audience was thrilled to watch it, and even more thrilled with it was over.

The movie starts off by explaining “The Nun” and her presence in the other "Conjuring" movies. Then we move on to the origin story during the 1950's in Romania where two nuns encounter the demonic spirit of Valek in the Carta Monastery. Valek (Bonnie Aarons) manages to kill one nun and the other nun hangs herself.

The nun who hung herself is then discovered by Frenchie (Jonas Bloquet), a local villager who delivers supplies to the abbey.

The Vatican orders Father Burke (Demián Bichir) to investigate the order where a nun has committed suicide with the help of Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga). She's a nun in her novitiate, citing that she will be a key factor in his findings.

Father Burke and Sister Irene then go meet Frenchie where he takes them to the Cârța Monastery. They discover the nun is still hanging. Her blood on the ground is fresh despite being discovered weeks ago and her body decomposing at a rapid pace. Father Burke retrieves a key from her hand. They enter the abbey where they are greeted by Valek.

Valek appears as an Abbess and tells them that they can investigate after all the nuns finish their period of silence. Valek offers them lodging for the night. Frenchie returns back to his village, but not before being attacked by Valek. He survives the ordeal when he lands in a graveyard full of crosses. He takes one with him to ensure Valek can’t get to him again.

Father Burke is also attacked that night when he has flashbacks of a failed exorcism he performed. Valek attacks him and buries him alive. Somehow, Sister Irene has a premonition like vision and is able to find him and dig him up.

The next day, Father Burke and Sister Irene are separated by Valek, and start to conduct their own individual investigations about the mysterious order.

Sister Irene begins having conversations with the other nuns in the order, specifically Sister Victoria (Charlotte Hope), about how the order is being haunted by a demonic spirit and that the nuns are all scared of. They feel the presence of Valek and begin praying.

Father Burke discovers a book with the history of the abbey and the origin story of Valek. He realizes that the abbess he has been talking to has been Valek all along. Valek appears and attacks Father Burke, who is then saved by Frenchie.

They both find Sister Irene praying. She discovers that all her conversations with the nuns and the praying she was doing was by herself and the nun who hung herself, who turns out to be Sister Victoria, was not suicide, but a sacrifice to stop Valek from possessing her body and unleashing a deadly evil. She remembers that the key from Sister Victoria was what Valek was after all along.

The group finds that the key to stopping Valek is with a drop of Jesus blood. They find the vial with the key that Sister Victoria had. Sister Irene then asks Father Burke to elevate her status to a professional nun. He performs the ritual and swipes the blood of Jesus across her forehead to cast out all the demons she may encounter.

The group goes looking for Valek.

Sister Irene is captured by Valek and possessed by her. Father Burke is injured by the boy he performed the failed exorcism on. Then Frenchie is attacked by Valek, but smears some of the blood on Valek’s face. Sister Irene is then attacked and drowned by Valek, she defeats Valek by spitting the remaining blood in Valek’s face, destroying the demonic spirit. Or so they thought they did.

When Valek attacked Frenchie, the spirit had partially possessed him. Leaving him to need an exorcism conducted by Ed and Lorraine, where Valek shows Lorraine a premonition of her husband’s death.

Now that you have all the spoilers, you can see why this film would have benefitted better on Netflix.

It’s not the worst horror movie you will see, but it isn’t the best, considering all the films in the franchise.

Farmiga doesn’t really give a convincing performance as a nun and neither does Bloquet character as Frenchie. As many origin stories as we got in the first 15 minutes of the film, they could have given some more character development.

This film lacks depth, scare tactics, development and delivers a sloppy ending. This is what is irritating about doing horror films in this fashion of prequels, because the story itself starts to suffer. There was more explaining needed about why Sister Irene was so important.

Hopefully, this will be the end of the series, they started strong, but this is just an all-around disappointing ending.