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War Room (2015)
Love Covers A Multitude Of (Cinematic) Sins
Indie films are hard to do well. Christian movies are even harder to do well.
"War Room" does them both well, and without resorting to the tired politics of polarization.
There's little here to separate us, and much to remind us of how connected we all are: We all have families; we all fail those we love; we all stray from the good old paths and we all struggle to find the right way home. An old-fashioned, earnest movie that is not cinematically perfect but that gives people hope....and makes them cheer.
Title Is Entirely Accurate
I saw this film at its Los Angeles premiere at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. If the action sequence that opens BRUTAL doesn't get your attention, you're dead. From moment one, the audience is drawn into the hellishly surreal world into which a mysterious force has dropped Trevor (Morgan Benoit) and Derrick (Jeff Hatch.)
BRUTAL combines some of the most balls-to-the-wall fight choreography you've ever seen (Benoit and Hatch's bone-crunching fights are so realistic that they are simultaneously hard to watch and hard to turn away from,) a sci-fi undercurrent and a nuanced lead performance that should, by all rights, make Morgan Benoit a star.
BRUTAL cuts across the genres, and Donald Flaherty's mix of Twilight Zone-esque mystery and raw brutality makes for a fascinating ride.