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Blast and Whisper (2010)

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When his commitment to refrain from revenge is tested to its bloody limits by a short-fused pagan queen, the middle eastern chieftain Elijah receives in reward a commitment from God: to carry out sentence on the chieftain's enemy in accord with the mere mortal's request, a drought. Written by Anonymous

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This film was given an unprecedented second screening at the Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival, September 30 - October 2, 2011. See more »

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When Ahab checks a soldier's sword for blood, after a massacre, the script called for Ahab to throw the sword down. If this was filmed, it didn't make the final cut, so, one moment Ahab is holding the sword, and the next, it has simply disappeared. See more »

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Prince of Omri: I am wronged, as my liver is wronged!
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In the final credits, "Special Thanks" are given to Freckles the Horse, and to Buddy and Bonnie, presumably the horse Ahab rode, and the dogs Jezebel had set upon Elijah. See more »

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11 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

REVIEW OF 'BLAST AND WHISPER' by Nigel Pellegrino Birmingham, United Kingdom

I have never been much of a fan of bible movies. With the exception of The Passion of the Christ, most bible movies dispense altogether with the rules of sound cinematography and story-telling in exchange for a half-baked alternation between wooden acting and contrived moments of soaring strings and gaping awe whenever something as stupendously thrilling as, oh yes! ... (drum roll please) ... the announcement of a baby's first name gets decided! (Yes, the latter, that very thing, happens even in one of the best ever of bible movies, Franco Zeferelli's Jesus of Nazareth, when John the Baptist is held up in the Temple.) That was not my experience at all with Blast and Whisper.

Certainly Blast and Whisper is a bible movie. Its characters, its plot, and its story arc all are adapted directly from the pages of the Old Testament. Despite the long list of parallels, the movie feels from the beginning as though it were unfolding before one's eyes today, during which time one's mindset to draw the connections to scripture (or flag its distortions) become increasingly pointless-seeming as the scenes fly past. Paradoxically, it feels very modern yet also very much "at home" in a biblical sense. It is only after the closing credits roll past that the realization sinks in, if you know the books of the Bible at all, that what you have just witnessed was certainly, unquestionably, a Bible story.

How can this be? The Director, Mark Moran, has slipped the bible in clandestinely under the table as it were, through such devices as names that play with the received biblical names. Instead of Jezebel we hear of Jazz. Instead of Elijah we hear something like El-aye-yeah. Instead of God we hear Half-Remembered. What's going on? What's that all about? In each case, during the movie the story looks more and more like an "alternate universe" to the bible story. But when all is said and done, we realize that, well, Elijah in Aramaic or whatever was the ancient form of Hebrew of that era might well have sounded like El-aye- yeah. We also realize that the Half-Remembered represents a veiled commentary, integrated into the texture of the movie, that cries out for today's society to remember God! In both cases, over the journey it has only seemed that we were in a far distant alternate universe to the Bible. If we were in an alternate universe at all, it was quite close to the Bible all along.

I wish I could figure out the significance of the name "Jazz" in place of Jezebel!

I am astounded by the ingenuity that went into the movie Blast and Whisper. None of the weaknesses of other microbudget bible movies plagues this movie, with the exception of limited resources. My only wish, of course, is that the cast and crew of Blast and Whisper had had the luxury of a decent Studio budget. What a movie that would have been!


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