After the death of his wife, police psychiatrist Cal Jamison moves to New York. There he has to help in the investigation of the murder of two youths, who seem to have been immolated during a cult ritual. Jamison believes it's been Voodoo and, ignoring the warnings of his housekeeper, enters the scenery and soon gets under their influence. They try to get him to sacrifice his own son.Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
When Cal is at the hardware store trying to find the author to the Santeria book, the guy that refuses to talk to him turns off the lights and immediately disappears, despite the fact that there is still enough light that you should have seen him there or at least walking out of frame. See more »
[Arriving at the airport]
Open this please?
Just personal items... no need to look in there
[Palo stares deep into the man's eyes]
[Now in a trance like state]
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The Believers can be viewed as an exposition of believers of anything. The primary object of the movie is the religion Santeria and the practitioners of that religion but, the underlying thread is that any fanatical and misguided believers in any religion are the same.
The black magic brand of Santeria practitioners weren't the only Santerians in the movie. There were others who were far less dangerous, even if their customs and ceremonies were strange. The understanding though is that in every religion there are probably messages or passages that are misunderstood by the fanatics and they end up doing extreme actions in the name of said religion.
The Believers goes deep into the black magic aspect of Santeria. By pure happenstance Cal Jamison (Martin Sheen) and his family get wrapped into that world. The movie is eerie and suspenseful as we are navigated through this strange religious world.
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