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Film Review: ‘The Masked Saint’

12 January 2016 10:27 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As might be expected from a movie set in the intersecting worlds of evangelical Christianity and pro wrestling, every dramatic beat lands as subtly as a blow to the head in “The Masked Saint.” Adapted from Chris Whaley’s novel partly inspired by his own experiences at the pulpit and in the ring, this gracelessly written and played drama from director Warren P. Sonoda centers around a pugilist pastor who learns too late that pride goeth before a fall, as does playing God with all the pimps and robbers who abound in his community. Veering from broad small-town comedy to heavy-handed vigilante dramatics, and marbled with the sort of spiritual epiphanies typically mastered in Sunday school rather than seminary, this Canadian indie seems unlikely to galvanize the faithful, let alone the unconverted, following its dim opening-weekend performance.

Brett Granstaff plays the fresh-faced, able-bodied Chris Samuels, a Christian husband and father »

- Justin Chang

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