“There are two types of evil in this life, Officer Sarchie.Secondary evil, the evil that men do. And primary evil, which is something else entirely.” – Father Joe Mendoza.
An Iraqi desert palm grove in the year 2010. Three combat hardened U.S. Marines descend into an eerie subterranean chamber, oblivious that something awaits them even more terrifying than the battlefield above. Four years later, in New York City, a mother, as if hypnotized, suddenly hurls her little boy into a lion’s den at the zoo, while a strange, hooded figure looms nearby.Strange noises from the basement and other strange phenomena frighten a family in the middle of a dense urban landscape.Archaic Latin writing and strange symbols are discovered in several different locations, opening a mystery which is perhaps too frightening to discover.
What is coincidence? What is imagined? And what is linked together in a sinister chain which stretches from one end of the world to another ?
Sergeant Ralph Sarchie (ERIC BANA) of the NYPD has seen his share of darkness on the mean streets of the South Bronx. Assigned to the 46th Precinct in one of the toughest neighbourhoods of the country, Sarchie has witnessed behaviour on the outer edges of inhumanity, and it has begun to darken his soul, to the point of affecting his relationship with his wife, Jen (OLIVIA MUNN), and their young daughter, Christina (LULU WILSON).
But when the increasingly troubled Sarchie and his police partner Butler (JOEL McHALE), a sardonic ex-Army Ranger always ready for a fight, are summoned to investigate a bizarre incident, the events which follow will test the pragmatic Sarchie’s beliefs and understanding. He finds himself in a tenuous alliance with Joe Mendoza (EDGAR RAMÍREZ), a renegade priest whose own faith has been tested more than once, and who tries to convince a sceptical Sarchie that the increasingly horrifying occurrences are nothing less than an encounter with several cases of demonic possession.
Together, the policeman and the priest uncover layer after layer of evidence that what Mendoza describes as primary evil has taken root, and Sarchie is forced to question his entire belief system as they attempt to do battle with the malignant forces threatening the city, and even those he loves the most…his family.
Screen Gems’ and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Deliver Us From Evil is a supernatural thriller that brings together the dynamic talents of director Scott Derrickson, whose most recent film was the smash hit Sinister, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, responsible for some of the biggest blockbusters in motion picture history. The screenplay is by Scott Derrickson & Paul Harris Boardman, based upon the book by Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool.