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Apostle (2018)

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In 1905, a drifter on a dangerous mission to rescue his kidnapped sister tangles with a sinister religious cult on an isolated island.

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Gareth Evans

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Stevens ... Thomas Richardson
Richard Elfyn ... Charles
Paul Higgins ... Frank
Bill Milner ... Jeremy
Catrin Aaron Catrin Aaron ... Elaine
John Weldon ... Lonely Passenger
Ross O'Hennessy ... Suspicious Passenger
Gareth Pierce ... Man #1
Rhys Meredith ... Man #2
John Norton John Norton ... Man #3
Ioan Hefin ... Bell Ringer
Rhian Morgan Rhian Morgan ... Inn Keeper
Kristine Froseth ... Ffion
Mark Lewis Jones ... Quinn
Owain Gwynn ... Townsman
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The year is 1905. Thomas Richardson travels to a remote island to rescue his sister after she's kidnapped by a mysterious religious cult demanding a ransom for her safe return. It soon becomes clear that the cult will regret the day it baited this man, as he digs deeper and deeper into the secrets and lies upon which the commune is built. Written by ahmetkozan

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12 October 2018 (USA) See more »

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This is Gareth Evans's first English language film since his feature film debut, Footsteps (2006). See more »

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When they catch Jeremy to punish him, camera view from bottom shows modern soles under his boots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Elaine: [in her letter] My dearest father... I pray that you have not been consumed with worry in the time that has passed since I was taken. I write to you in the hope that you will put an end to my suffering on this wretched island. My captors inform me that if I am to survive, you must travel here alone with the means to purchase my freedom. That should a man of lawbe sent in your stead, it would seal my fate. Father, I grow weary.
Charles: [now reading it out loud] I fear our Lord no longer hears...
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Good Horror
12 October 2018 | by PairicSee all my reviews

Apostle: A truly savage Horror Film which only falls down on it's excessive running time. Thomas (Dan Stevens) goes to an isolated island to track down his sister who has been abducted by a strange religious cult, they worship She, the Goddess of the Island. The religion was founded by three men who claim to be escaped felons, imprisoned for treason. The leader (and Prophet) of the Cult is Malcolm (Michael Sheen), he preaches a gospel of sharing and equality, the island is presented as a refuge for the down trodden. It soon becomes obvious that Malcolm has a group of enforcers who see that his orders are carried out and who seek out dissent and blasphemy.

Thomas saves Malcolm from an assassins dagger and gains his trust. Wounded in the attack, thomas is nursed by Malcolm's daughter Andrea (Lucy Boynton) who is independent minded. As Malcolm and his deputy Quinn (Mark Lewis Jones) discover the conveyor of the ransom is on the island and seek him out. Getting crazier and crazier, going from mere repressive Theocrats to mad Prophets.

Apostle is reminiscent of The Wicker Man at times with the need to appease a Deity to secure the harvest and also has Lovecraftian influences involving the worship of a Sea Goddess; it even made me think of the recent Cold Skin. Torture, murder and ritual execution abound and this is not a film for the squeamish. The tension builds but at times Thomas (an ex-priest) goes into asides regarding his lack of belief. But he does become a one-man army determined to rescue his sister and vanquish the Cult leaders and their thugs.

A good Horror Film rather than a great one is delivered by director and screenwriter Garth Evans. Apostle might well benefit from a cut of perhaps 20 minutes in the 130 minutes running time. 7.5/10. On Netflix.


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