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The Shack (2017)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy | 3 March 2017 (USA)
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A grieving man receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called "The Shack."

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Willie
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Nan Phillips
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Kate Phillips
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Josh Phillips
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Missy Phillips (as Amelie Eve)
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Sarayu (as Sumire)
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After the abduction and presumed death of Mackenzie Allen Phillips' youngest daughter, Missy, Mack receives a letter and suspects it is from God, asking him to return to The Shack where Missy may have been murdered. After contemplating it, he leaves his home to go to The Shack for the first time since Missy's abduction and an encounter that will change his life forever.

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You're never as alone as you think.

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Drama | Fantasy

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material including some violence | See all certifications »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$16,172,119 (USA) (3 March 2017)

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$57,330,873 (USA) (12 May 2017)
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The large, roadside duck-sign marking the entrance to the Oregon state park is the actual entrance sign for Cultus Lake Provincial Park in British Columbia, Canada with the state park name superimposed. See more »

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The entire movie, God is portrayed from a Christian point of view (Jesus, etc...). The prayers at Missie's funeral toward the end that can be heard in the background are the ones recited at Jewish funerals and have no connection to Christianity whatsoever. See more »

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Papa: Love always leaves a mark.
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As a movie, pretty dull. Still, the teachings are very good and wise
9 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

The Shack is a Christian film based on a novel by the same name. I really was not expecting much when entering this film, I expected the classical Christian film with terrible characters and plot.

First, let me talk about the film-making aspect of this movie. As a film, this does not hold up. The directing and cinematography are pretty basic. The acting is pretty wooden and not interesting (except for Octavia Spencer which I found kind of hilarious). Actually, I laughed at some WTF parts of the film.

Most of the backstory of the protagonist is explained through flashbacks that are placed in pretty odd places and it seems that the character just remembers things when it seems convenient.

The plot is pretty predictable in the beginning and in the end, when I exactly knew what was going to happen. I kept looking at my clock for the majority of the run-time of the movie.

You might be wondering why I am giving this movie a 4/10 if it seems everything is mostly negative. That is because the main purpose of this film or rather the reason of its existence is to give a message to its viewers.

The whole middle part of this movie is full of teachings by God to the protagonist. Most of it shown trough a sh*t ton of dialogue (show, not tell). But I do believe that the teachings are very well explained and easy to follow. I am a Christian and believe that the teachings should be heard by people, maybe you can watch this film instead of going to mass one Sunday.

It is not a good movie, but it is a good sermon. Certainly more entertaining than most of the sermons given at churches.


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