With the exception of the strong ending that has a moment of shock before it goes off the deep end, Atticus Institute is mostly forgettable. We are dealing with a very neo-popular storyline involving the scientific exploration of possession and exorcism but this time we have the added bonus of telekinesis and psychic exploration all based around a “true story” and of course set in an institute. The obvious nod to the found footage shooting style (by using scientific interviews in place of meaningful dialogue) plays out like a bad Discovery channel TV show. It gets old and tired quickly. This is the perfect example of a movie that could have easily remained a short picture, but was fleshed out in an effort to build up the antagonist to Regan like proportions (from the Exorcist) only failing to deliver any of the strong dialogue, effects or performance (ambiance or music) that made the great E such a success.
From Anchor Bay
Dr. Henry West founded The Atticus Institute in the early 1970s to test individuals expressing supernatural abilities – E.S.P., clairvoyance, psychokinesis, etc. Despite witnessing several noteworthy cases, nothing could have prepared Dr. West and his colleagues for Judith Winstead. She outperformed every subject they had ever studied – soon gaining the attention of the U.S. Department of Defense, who subsequently took control of the research facility. The more experiments they conducted on Judith, the clearer it became that her abilities were the manifestation of evil forces within her, prompting the government to take measures to weaponize this force. But they soon discovered there are powers that exist in this world that simply cannot be controlled. Now the details of the inexplicable events that occurred within The Atticus Institute are being made public after remaining classified for nearly forty years.