This is an approximation of a movie review I heard on Ave Maria 990 Ypsilianti, MI:
broadcast either the afternoon of 1-15-2010 or 1-14-2010
Judging from other reviews, it seems to be a love-it or hate-it / divisive movie. With phrases like “absurd premise” or “preachy” appearing frequently; perhaps this may be challenging some people.
As to the violence, from the full explanation heard on the above station, rather than glorifying violence, the movie allegedly allows the audience to take in the full meaning of what was done. (thus de-glorifying it).
I am interested and hopeful to see how convincing/cogent the movies arguments come off. I pray this may be an effective tool for evangelization. All this aside we need more good examples of faith in practice. This movie pitting too “men of faith” helps us understand that to be a “man of faith” means more than being able to quote scripture.
I will need to watch the movie myself to provide recommendations as to a suitable audience.
Take heart, movies. media are tools. People in Hollywood (and at times and ways in my own life) have frequently made choices to reject God, and especially Christ. Learning to love fully and truthfully those that persecute us, the Church, and thus Jesus Christ… Is challenging.
Even so, let us rejoice in the way of the cross. For the sake of that Christian charity seek and present those premises which could make a movie such as this glorifying to God.
As we even learn in secular society, focusing on solutions vs blame solves problems.