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As always, if there’s a movie release I missed, I likely felt it not worth seeing…

Black Death (May 10)

I almost wrote an entire post on this movie because of one of the key questions that I think it poses: Where is the evil? I loved the tension of the pseudo Christians vs. the pagan village and how it’s all a façade. Is the evil in Christianity? Is the evil within the necromancer? Is the bubonic plague a punishment sent by God? Is evil as simple as an external force to be wiped out and defeated? This film makes it very clear from the beginning to the end: the evil is within. We chase necromancers and Satan and curse God for plagues while our hearts are fouler than anything we can imagine. I’d link to the trailer but I think it’s misleading – the battle scenes are not the most violent or darkest parts of this movie.

“None is righteous, no, not one;
no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.” (Romans 3:10-12 ESV)

This is a very violent and disturbing film. I’ve seen gorier movies but the sound of the violence nearly got to me in Black Death. The recant scene and climax is intense, almost spiritually intense. It’s a very difficult film to recommend. I didn’t take my wife to see this nor will I watch it with her when it comes out on DVD.

True Grit (June 7)

I still don’t know what to make of True Grit. I appreciated Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld. Damon surprised me, actually; I did not expect him to make his Texas Ranger so believable or likeable. Steinfeld is simply incredible. I’ll watch this film again just to watch her interactions with every other character. I take Jeff Bridges for granted because of how good he was playing a similar type of character in Crazy Heart. I appreciate the overarching theme of the sovereignty of God. However, I need to see it again to wrestle with what exactly the Coen brothers were intending to say to us. Stanley Fish has some extremely good thoughts in this NY Times article. I think it’s worth watching but don’t expect a clean or easy to decipher film.

Updated 6/22/11

Adjustment Bureau (June 21)

See my initial thoughts here: The Adjustment Bureau: Suffering & Sovereignty Not a great movie but provokes some interesting questions. The key point in them movie is that choice that always seems to be one before us: suffer & find peace or be “successful” but not have joy or peace. The gospel offers us suffering & joy & peace, Jesus succeeded for us & freed us to love him and walk in his grace without fear. The Adjustment Bureau reveals just how far we will go to avoid suffering until we absolutely have to. 

Unknown (June 21)

This movie looked intriguing but I have not had a chance to see it yet. The reviews are mixed but Liam Neeson tearing up Europe again? Sign me up!

Update 9/14/11

Finally got a chance to watch it and Unknown had a twist that completely caught me by surprise. I loved it. The trailers, the posters, all of them just set you up. I thought the previews looked intriguing but a little ridiculous with Neeson seeming to be the same man that tore up Paris in “Taken” and yet he was a doctor trying to “get his life back.” Let’s just say that it all makes sense by the end. Look for the “baptism” and the intervention of a grace that redeems in an unlikely form. Just a heads up: the quick shower scene is a bit unnecessary, feel free to fast forward.

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