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I just finished watching this movie. It wasn't ridiculously bad, but
I'm really disappointed with it. I'm not really sure why someone would
make a movie like this. It was marginally entertaining, but I feel like
the people making it had a lot of disagreements on what they were
making. Monday, the writer was in charge; Tuesday, the director;
Wednesday, the guy who gets the coffee; etc. It almost seems like they
really wanted to make a couple different movies, but only had the time
and money to make one.
Someone else commented that the acting was really good, but I'd have to disagree. Then again, if the actors were able to keep a straight face during the filming, perhaps they're better actors than I give them credit for.
The back of the DVD gives the impression that the movie would be a mystery... something along the lines of a historical Law and Order or National Treasure. It starts off like that, but then, out of nowhere it takes a turn towards a bad episode of the Twilight Zone, or... what was that other show that wasn't as good... A bad episode of The Outer Limits.
My main complaint about the movie is that it is just so played out. There's the evil guy with spiked white hair. There's the love interest, who, when she first appears, the wind actually blows through her hair. Seriously. Once you realize it's a Christian movie, the end is also pretty easy to spot.
The cinematography was poorly done, especially in the opening scenes - way to put your best foot forward. It wasn't atrocious for most of the movie, but there was the occasional ridiculously bad shot of an old lady, praying, arms up in a dark room while lightening is striking - the sort of thing that just makes you a little bit embarrassed to be watching the movie.
How sad there is no option to post a mark lower than 1. I watched this piece of nonsense and could barely believe what i was watching. Every single part of the film was awful. Music, acting, direction, story, everything, simply everything. I actually found myself laughing out loud at various points in the film. I particularly loved the bit where our hero is dashing through the hospital in soft focus slow motion, and knocks the clipboard out of the nurses hand, because, .............well. Just because. Product placement? Crucifix's (crucifi?) everywhere. If you are of a Christian persuasion and very easily satisfied, you may like this movie. If you do like this movie, you really need to get out more.
The IMDb plot summary in no way describes the essence of this film. It
should have read 'Be prepared to be catapulted back to the prison of
the 3rd pew from the back of your family's church at 8 years old,
listening to the preacher drone on about God's will while all you can
think of is getting back home to your Lego'.
It starts off well intentioned, building intrigue by planting some real and surreal clues such as Renny's 'how did the cut on my thumb heal so fast?' moment. It then slowly morphs into a Christian jamboree, sacrificing its plot completely in a wash of evangelistic-induced babble. I believe I counted the use of the word 'pray' about 53 times in a five minute span near the end. After the 31st, I tried to twist the context of the word to its synonym, 'prey'. Sadly, this little mind game of mine made the film at least bearable for the last 20 minutes. Plus it made me laugh whenever a character would say 'prayer' ('preyer' to me) as it became totally zany. Indeed, even my Catholic wife sunk in her chair from boredom, almost to the point of ending up on the floor.
For all the salivating Christians who ranked this film 8-10 stars, I suggest sticking with your theology-reinforcing safety standards like Circle Square, The Ten Commandments, anything from Narnia, Jesus Christ Superstar and the like. Stay away from more cerebrally challenging subject matter in films such as Jesus Camp, The God Who Wasn't There, What Would Jesus Buy, or the soon-to-be released Religulous.
Maybe Robert Whitlow's book is better.
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didn't know anything about the film or that it was based on a best selling book.Tried guessing from the opening scenes what it would be about,best guess,buried treasure and a death list.That lasted about 15 minutes when i got the sneaky suspicion that the film was crap.I'll not bore you with how bad the plot and acting were but anyone who gave it more than two stars must work for the film makers.I watched until the hero jumped into his corvette to rush to the hospital.He had his on his suit,shirt and tie arrived at the hospital in jeans and a t/shirt.Couldn't even get the continuity right. I got the Christian theme,hard to miss it .
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I believe in keeping religion out of government and out of the movies.
When I want a sermon, I'll go to church, but I don't want one from a
movie. I don't mind some supernatural themes, (after all, religion is
about as supernatural as you can get!) but this movie had so much
preaching in it that I was really annoyed. The landlady reminded me of
witches that of seen in other movies. The bad guy even looked like he
And what a silly ending: the hero went into the meeting and yelled at all of those old men, and that broke the spell. If only life were that simple. I think that when movies are that stupid, they ought to be distributed with a warning: DANGER! PREACHING CONTAINED HEREIN!
...then they will have a proper place to file this crap. Sorry, not a
"mystery" as claimed, it is religious mumbo-jumbo. I kept waiting for
the "unimaginable evil" that was promised me, but the "evil" in this
flick would only be unimaginable by a five year old with learning
I can't believe that they actually managed to find some bigger name actors willing to be involved in this embarrassment. Unfortunately it has forevermore changed my opinion of them, and I will likely avoid anything they do in the future. I'm also a little cheesed off that I now have a writer's name and director's name to memorize as I'll be avoiding anything they do like the plague from now on too.
It's really unfortunate that all the religious fanatics posting on here and saying that this movie is 10 out of 10, etc. will get their reviews posted first. This could lead to more people getting tricked, as I was, into believing this movie was something other than religious preaching.
Well, it's off to the video store to get my money back for false advertising. Too bad they can't give me back the 105 minutes I wasted watching this thinking that it was actually a Hollywood horror/supernatural film.
The deceptive cover, title and very small hidden print of Power of
Prayer tricked me into renting this movie.
It started out really well and pulled me in. I REALLY liked it. Between 1/3 and 3/4's of it, the film started throwing in things that were not set up and made no sense. My first thought was, "This is not written by someone who knows how to tell a story." I ended up re-watching parts of the movie, thinking I had missed something.
By the time I reached the last 1/5 of the movie, it was all BORING, ANNOYING, RELIGION THUMPING DIALOG that made no sense, said nothing, and was annoying to listen to; I turned off the sound and did a fast forward to the end.
Don't waste your time with this flick.
Beware of DVDs labeled Whitlow Films and Level Path Productions.
And I'm a practicing Catholic.
This movie was a disappointment. VERY bad acting on the part of most
all the actors, especially the lead male young character. McDonald
wasn't that good either. Very boring most of the way through. Although
I liked the spiritual aspect, I figured out the plot ending about half
way through; being that prayer was the answer. That scene in the church
when he was talking about his great, great, great grandfather gave that
Overall, a waste of time except for the spiritual message which I'd always support. I'd just rather see it in a different venue than a low-budget drama.
I have nothing against religious movies. Religious people need
something to watch on a Saturday night, I guess. But what really ticks
me off is when the write-up on the DVD box does not indicate this fact
to the potential viewer. Passing off religious propaganda as
entertainment is NOT cool, bro.
And even if I was a religious person, I would have to agree with most of the other posters here, this movie was a mess. Poorly directed, poorly acted, poorly edited, and the attempt at a soundtrack was hilarious. The fake accents were terrible, the characters were mainly stereotypes, and continuity was out the window. The only reason we sat through this lame waste of time was that it was too late to watch another movie instead. Should have just gone to bed.
Absolutely no redeeming qualities to this movie, unless you are the religious type who will immediately endorse anything that will preach your beliefs to the unbelievers, even if it's a pile of garbage. If you aren't, avoid this at all costs. Do not be deceived by the box write-up.
I am a HUGE fan of the novel The List and was very apprehensive before
watching the film.
Would it be different than the novel? How much would they keep in? Well... it was a great film in it's own right. Different from the book but the same in a lot of ways. So much of the cast looked exactly like I imagined...
Gus, Renny, Larochette (don't get me started on how great Malcom Mcdowell was) and Mama A. Only Daisy Stokes and Jo were different than I imagined.
When the credits rolled I was glad to see that Robert Whitlow stayed involved in the adaptation. I wish more authors would too.
Can't wait for The Trial.
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