Nationally acclaimed evangelist John Luther is the last obstacle in the way of sweeping religious reform in the States. When a U.S. Senator and Luther's own supporters abduct and frame him in the murder of an innocent teenage girl, an unprecedented era of persecution is unleashed. Out on personal recognizance, Luther escapes police surveillance in search of the truth. And suddenly a once-normal life is targeted by a team of ex-military operatives who wage a relentless campaign to eliminate the incriminating evidence. As evangelist turned fugitive, Luther vows to expose anyone involved with, or profiting from, the girl's murder. It's a mission that brings him face-to-face with the coming storm of persecution that will threaten the entire American Christian community.Written by
Personally I'm unaware that Christians are being persecuted in the U.S., so if you are and this is an important issue to you, you'll probably see the film in a different light. It seems to me that most of the televangelists who have been exposed for sexual and financial mis-deeds (Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Baker) were actually guilty of these mis-deeds, but I'm also skeptical about the justice system and I like a good conspiracy film.
Putting aside the basic theme of the film, and looking at it only as a movie, the film is certainly not big screen worthy. The plot moves so slowly you'd think this was a French film. The actors are all first rate actors, but they must have been phoning it in for this film. James Remar is particularly disappointing, but perhaps I associate him too much with films like "The Warriors", "48 Hrs", and "Cotton Club". The plot is also a little silly, and there are so many plot flaws you keep asking yourself questions like "Why didn't he make a copy of the video?"
Daniel Lusko, the writer/director says he was inspired by the "Holy Spirit" and that seems evident. It's a film that speaks more of inspiration than aspiration or perspiration. Many of the people involved in the film are first timers, and for a first time production, the film is pretty good, but still not ready for prime time.
The film was originally screened at the National Religious Broadcasters convention and again at the Conservative Political Action conference. These seem to be appropriate venues for the film. But the big screen – no.
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