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Out of the Darkness (2016)

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Eli is a man in his twenties with a calling on his life from a young age, but he's been running from that calling - a modern day Jonah. After being fired by his father, arguing with his ... See full summary »


Shawn Justice


Shawn Justice, Matthew Merz (co-writer)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Elliott Davis Adam Elliott Davis ... Eli Isaacson
Graham Greene ... Gabe
John Lewis ... Ranger Haase
Michael Joiner ... Cooper Isaacson
Sherry Morris ... Meredith Issacson
Stephanie Landrum Stephanie Landrum ... Helen Isaacson
Sarah Ahmor Sarah Ahmor ... Ganeen
Dan Kyle ... Ray
Lindsay Lucas Lindsay Lucas ... Beth
Holden Goyette ... Young Eli
Lawrence Anthony ... Rodney
Sally Skelding Sally Skelding ... Grandmotherly Neighbor
Jaye Jibreel Wright II Jaye Jibreel Wright II ... Bar Patron
Shawn Justice ... Truck Driver
Jillian Skelding Jillian Skelding ... Grandchild #1


Eli is a man in his twenties with a calling on his life from a young age, but he's been running from that calling - a modern day Jonah. After being fired by his father, arguing with his girlfriend in front of their daughter, and then a visit to the local pub, Eli decides to get out of town. On a lonely mountain highway Eli misses a turn and careens over an embankment, landing deep in the forest. It is a place of mystery with no way out, but it is there where God works on his heart. Satan is not far behind of course, working to convince Eli to take a different path. In the end Eli is faced with a choice that will have repercussions on generations as his destiny is to be the Billy Graham of his time.

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Aside from Greene's involvement, almost completely pedestrian...
29 March 2017 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Low-budget, religious-themed drama, expanded from the short film "Redeeming Daniel", concerns obstinate, quick-tempered Eli, a young man returned home to his family after a stint in the service who immediately butts heads with his rancher father. Since he's also at odds with both his mother and his wife--who won't allow him to tuck their four-year old into bed anymore--Eli gets drunk and drives off into the mountains, where he has a religious epiphany following an accident in his truck. Writer-director Shawn Justice apparently had a need to make this film, and he does have a message of faith to get across if you wait him out, but he displays no visible talent handling his actors (his dialogue is negligible as well). As a grizzled, mellow fellow camping out in the woods with his dog, Graham Greene arrives an hour into the proceedings and manages to give the production a little polish, but lead actor Adam Elliott Davis is embarrassing standing in a leaf-storm howling up at the sky. A filmmaker with some cinematic savvy might have given us more sides to Eli instead of just this stubborn cuss who pushes everyone away, but Justice is too determined to point out the obvious--that giving ourselves to God strengthens us--and forgets that movies are meant to entertain as well as enlighten. *1/2 from ****

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Release Date:

1 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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Portland, Oregon, USA See more »


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$500,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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