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End of the Spear (2005)
A truly riveting depiction of the incredible power of redemption through Jesus Christ.
"End of the Spear" shows in tragic detail how God is truly able to use all things, even horrific death, for good and the betterment of our lives. The message of Jesus is told in such a manner that it doesn't come off as preachy or fake. It is real; as real as the details of this story. Rarely does Hollywood produce a film adequately capable of encompassing a story such as the one depicted in this stunning film.
A beautiful story from the get go, "End of the Spear" leaves audiences inexplicably changed. Detailing the legacy that Nate Saint and his teammates, Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian left through their tragic deaths, this story goes deeper into what redemption is all about. The film focuses on the lives of two young men, Nate Saint's son, Steve Saint (a boy during most of the film) and Nate's murderer, 20-something-year-old Waodani warrior Mincayani.
Powerful elements grip you from the moment you begin watching. Suspense, unbelief, heart-break, hope, fulfillment, and joy will all take turns playing your heart strings as you view this film. Be it the awful brutality in which the Waodani live or the incredible scene of reconciliation between Steve Saint and Mincayni, you will be moved.
The musical score is incredibly powerful and greatly affects the tone of the film. It has a way of making your blood pump and heart pound, yet pull your heart to your throat and make you blink back tears.
Louie Leonardo portrays the character of Mincayani so amazingly. The conflict raging within him, between the savagery of his lifestyle and the yearning for something better, is vividly shown. Leonardo gives depth and feeling to what could have been a stereotypical brute. Chase Ellison did a stand up job representing the character of Steve Saint. In fact he was nominated in the Young Artists Awards due to his performance. Your heart will ache for Steve as Ellison shows an unbelievable innocence and love. The film representative of not only Nate Saint, but the older Steve Saint is actor Chad Allen. He is a very agreeable actor that gives both Saints a lovable quality.
While the film does add a grain of poetic license, the real-life Steve Saint condoned this for a better cinematic experience.
All in all, this movie is a masterpiece. It captures the incredible power of God and the amazing hope in His Son, Christ Jesus. I can not recommend it enough. An entire way of life rewritten through redemption and the love of Christ Jesus. What a fabulous message!