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I throughly enjoyed this film and it makes a good companion to "God Is Dead," (also an excellent faith-based movie in this genre-type). The acting is well done as is the writing. The storyline is believable (it is from a true story) and flows smoothly while raising and answering questions about Christianity and Jesus Christ. In addition, "The Investigator" shows how a life change can work to the good in ones life if one only has faith. If you enjoyed "God Is Dead," then you most certainly will like this film. It's good to see more Christian-themed films entering the market. God knows we need them, especially at this time of world trials and tribulations. Linda's review, above, is excellent and I can't improve on her review with mine, but it's my two cents worth...
Just viewed this tonight and thought it was really an excellent
commentary on the difficulty of forgiveness, the helplessness of
letting go, and, of course, how hate and regret can meet and be
resolved (many times with misgivings and myopic single mindedness). It
is said that forgiveness (whether of oneself or another) is the hardest
endeavor a human being can face. This film brilliantly portrays the
anguish of two men, one who hates and can't forgive another, and one
who regrets and can't forgive himself. The brevity of the film (121
minutes) and the abrupt ending belies the volumes of emotion that
permeate almost every scene. The movie is both compelling and enjoyable
while also being very disturbing.
A part not to be overlooked is played by Anamaria Marinca (Vika), a 'gopher' for the film crew. Her character added quite a bit of depth to the film. Neeson and Nesbitt should both be recognized for their riveting performances.
In most films today the focus is on revenge, blood, and murder. "Five Minutes.." includes these vices but, contrary to the blood and gore in many movies today, this film's focal points are, indeed, letting go, finding your life and living it, focusing on what means most to you, demolishing the demons that haunt you, and, most importantly, discovering that elusive human effort which leads to forgiveness. It's hard...very hard, and most of us can't bring ourselves to that end because forgiveness is many times viewed by society as weakness when it is, in actuality, strength.
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"Henry Poole Is Here" (and the accompanying soundtrack) is absolutely brilliant! The best work Luke Wilson has done thus far in his career. The story itself is beautifully woven throughout with comedy, anger, and pathos, all accentuated with wonderfully chosen music (from indie artists, appropriate since the movie is an indie, itself). While I can't agree with the Catholic-slant of idolic figure worship, being an evangelical Christian, and don't much like the use of the name "Jesus" in the derogatory sense, I can get by those parts since the imagery/usage is rather ironic considering the premise of the story. I don't believe the writer and director truly could, themselves, see the parallels between what they had written/directed since it goes much deeper than just a story of Christ's "picture" on a stucco wall: Henry's (false) belief he is dying equates to "everyman," who is, indeed, dying one way or another everyday, but doesn't realize he is truly alive if he would but see the truth (evidenced by Henry's crying scene when he is trying to see the image the way others do; he just can let himself go and surrender to faith); Millie's lack of speech (due to trauma from a loss) is indicative of ourselves, in many ways, since we, too, can become "speechless" (depression) when confronted with one loss after another, but "regain" that speech (and be filled with joy) after we see the truth and understand it. Those are just two symbolisms I found; more are evident. It's the only movie I've watched several times in many a year and has quickly become a movie from which I can acquire both comedy relief and spiritual enlightenment at the same time. And the music...fantastic.
This is touching vintage short that usually appears between movies on TCM during the Christmas season. Now you can get it with the new DVD release of "Christmas In Connecticut" with Barbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan. It's included as a short on the DVD. Now I don't have to try and catch it with my TiVo this holiday season. "Star" is a wonderful Christmas featurette and is highly recommended. Will really get you into the Christmas spirit, guaranteed! The mysterious hitchhiker, Donald Woods, is really interesting. He seems to be guiding each individual through a process of recognizing the real spirit of Christmas. You may remember him from "True Grit" and many other movies. He made no less than 5 features and this featurette in 1945 (although his scenes in "God Is My Co-Pilot" were left on the cutting-room floor).
The series is ridiculous! It's disjointed, over-acted, and has
absolutely nothing to do with what's in the Book of Revelation (that's
"Revelation" with no "s").
As an example, Isaiah 47:13 was used by Sister Josepha Montefiore to Massey during a plane flight (does it seem they're always on a plane going somewhere; their mileage credits must be enormous!), somehow relating this verse to Massey's mission (as a stargazer, i.e. an astrologer). If you look at the context of the Isaiah verse you plainly see that God was chastising the "stargazer's" and "astrologers" for their "predictions" and warning them that (in v.14) "Surely they are like stubble (NIV)." The way it was positioned in the dialog, Massey was being told he was the stargazer and that Isaiah (and God) favored these types. If Isaiah had condoned them, God would have struck him down straight away. If there is no context, there is only pretext.
The series is full of Biblical misquotes and misuse to add "suspense" to a rather mundane project. In particular, the Biblical quotes during the shows are both misplaced, lack contextual meaning, and delude those that take them to be justifiable. The whole reason I disliked "The Passion of the Christ" was there was no background (history) so that the non-Christian would put a man getting the crap beat out of him in a context of "why." "Revelations" is Satan's work through David Selzer, the producer. It is his (Satan's) way to bring those spiritually divided people over to the side that has already lost: Satan and his cohorts.
I only watch this series to see what non-believer's might come in contact with so I can intelligently and factually point out that the series is spiritual "fluff" with no substance but just a lot of misinformation. Sort of like watching the "History Channel" (a notoriously anti-Christian outfit). At least "History International Channel" did a good critique of Dan Brown's blasphemous "Da Vinci Code" as did PAX recently.
"Revelations" is dark, delusional, and would have made a lousy B-movie, which it will when it comes out on DVD and thousands buy into it and waste their money.