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Katherine is a struggling mother trying to create a better life for her and her son. She meets Elder Brock, a handsome Mormon missionary with a troubled past and they begin an incendiary love affair. But when Katherine reunites with her estranged husband, Elder Brock can't accept that things are over - and he will stop at nothing to prove to her that they are meant to be together forever!Written by
He's on a mission from... well, not God that's for sure
Since he made his writing and directing debut with "Dread", a nasty little adaptation of a Clive Barker piece, five years ago, Anthony DiBlasi has dipped his toes into a number of horror bloodbaths in varying genres.
"Missionary" seems almost like a response to a dare from a drinking buddy: "Make a low-budget homage to Fatal Attraction and make the stalker a fanatical Mormon elder." And I'll be damned if the guy hasn't pulled it off.
I do kind of question the taste of using ANY religion so prominently in such a movie. If you can get by that detail (and maybe DiBlasi chose Mormonism precisely because it would be so uncharacteristic to expect anything like this from an LDS elder), the film is relentless in building a pretty unbearable level of suspense over it's short run time.
Credit not only DiBlasi's (as usual) driving pacing and crack storytelling but his cast as well --- they supply the glue that keeps your interest in this shop-worn plot. Dawn Olivieri anchors the film firmly as no-nonsense mom Katherine, who finds herself sucked into an affair with Elder Kevin Brock (an earnestly frightening Mitch Ryan), during a trial separation from husband Ian (Kip Pardue). None of the actors have any false-sounding dialog and the exchanges between Katherine and her son Kelsey (an impressive Connor Christie) ring especially sincere.
"Missionary" is really pretty astonishing if you think about it. It's proof that you don't really need an original idea to make an absorbing film --- as long as you have a talented cast and writer/director at the helm to both keep you engaged and caring about the action on the screen.
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