Deep in Appalachia, Pastor Lemuel Childs (Walton Goggins) presides over an isolated community of serpent handlers, an obscure sect of Pentecostals who willingly take up venomous snakes to prove themselves before God. As his devoted daughter, Mara (Alice Englert) prepares for her wedding day, under the watchful eye of Hope Slaughter (Olivia Colman), a dangerous secret is unearthed and she is forced to confront the deadly tradition of her father's church.
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This film talks about 'Belief' system or should I say the extreme scale of it. It tells us the story about a small group of Religious people who just believe too much on regressive cultural traditions. Having faith isn't a bad thing but when that faith crosses a certain line; things could go awry! Although the film takes some amount of time before it begins to show its true characteristics but the wait was worthwhile indeed.
Filled with picturesque locations, beautifully crafted cinematography with Haunting sound score it just fits so well all over. The performances are captivating. Each one of the ensembled cast did a fantastic job portraying Underlying emotions with never going over the top. Although the plotline isn't poured with too much thrill but still it does a commendable job in terms of Tension Build up.
And the most strong thing about this movie should be the middle approach. It never talks you out of Religious beliefs nor our cultures. It just shows us where a Line must be drawn. It never forces us to take their own opinions or Ideologies on us but showcases where we should decide ourselves on what is wrong and what is right! When the extreme circumstances do occur, we have to take matters into our hands and never let them be. Otherwise these regressive thoughts might create chaos in the society that might turn into unrest.
I just loved what they did with the subtle lessons here. They just wanted us to decide where should we draw our line in terms of having faith. As I said earlier, Having faith isn't bad but having a 'Blind' Faith always result in dire consequences.
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