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This film follows a number of strongly religious MMA fighters that are
trying to either reconcile their faith and their fighting or flat out
make the two synergize by founding "fight churches". With the exception
of one guy that is obviously full of aggressiveness, misogyny,
contempt, etc., the people in the spotlight come off as very likable.
What makes this film so fascinating is not so much the fighting, but the close view into the state of mind of a certain kind of evangelical Christianism. And when one of the nice looking dads in the film starts talking about being prepared to strike the devil, his deltoids twitching with excitement, this feels like the beginning of a subtle horror movie.
It's a study into how religion and aggression can feed on each other and this makes this a really timely (and very well made) piece. Striking is made possible by the deep conviction in one's own righteousness. Always with a bible quote on their lips. In particular for European audiences, this also sheds light on the sometimes baffling coexistence of religiousness and violence in the US.
Deeply closeted gay men who are incapable of expressing their feelings
for each other due to their religion find ways to be oiled up and
handling one another.
It would be touching that they can finally express their desire for each other but that is destroyed by the constant expressions of homophobia and the desire to denigrate women or anything feminine as being negative.
I find this to be a true and valid representation of what it means to be Christian in America and am pleased that the filmmakers were able to show us the deep truths of this cult. It is time we started to work against their "christian laws" before this behavior becomes standard in our once great nation.
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