Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Pizza & A Movie

I was telling you in this post about missing out on grocery shopping because we realized that we had a movie out that needed to get back. That movie was this one:


This movie did not make the movie theatres here in Canada, well, at least not the ones in my city. And what a shame. It's an incredible story of love, understanding and walking in total forgiveness to the point it changes a peoples and turns around to become a blessing in your life, too. It's the true story of the 5 missionaries who had such a heart for people who had never been contacted that they didn't let the violent history of the tribe deter them from trying to reach these people for God. And when they landed on the sandstrip of the river in the tribes territory they lost their lives. But the miracle of the story comes in the form of what their families did after their deaths. I won't tell you the rest of the story. A lot of you probably know it already. It's well known in Christian circles. But to see it walked out before your eyes on screen is very profound. A lot of the movie is shown from the eyes of the main Wadouni tribesman whom the story is about. It is a violent movie, not so much absolute gore, but violent as they deal with exactly how violent these tribes as a people were. I let my teens watch the movie. It was great for them to see the love of God in action. But for younger children, you might want to preview the show for yourself first. And you might have to explain to younger ones too about the dress of these tribes, or the lack of it.

End of the Spear is not a "preachy" movie but does clearly tell the gospel story in a way the tribe could understand. And it does have a lot of subtitles. When the tribespeople are conversing they are speaking in the Wadouni language. And if you have a widescreen T.V. that can zoom in so that the widescreen format fills your screen a little more, you might want to just leave zoom off. That way you will not spend 3/4 of the movie going "What'd they say?", "I'm confused!" , "What's happening?", & "I don't get it". And thinking to yourself , "Geez, they sure are using a lot of Wadouni words to say the 3 words that are printed in the subtitles." Ya, just giving you a "head's up" about that. Umm, not that that happened to us. No, I'm just thinking, like maybe that could possibly happen you know, half the subtitles cut off 'cause the zoom is on. Ya, just thinking. And out of the goodness of my heart, I just thought I'd pass that on. Ya, ahem.

15 comments:

gail said...

Good review! We rented & watched this one this summer and I blogged about it then....thought it was very good. We are wanting to watch the other one about that same story titled, "Beyond the Gates of Splendor" but haven't gotten it from our church library yet. Not sure it's in our video store.

Kili @ Live Each Moment said...

great review. I loved it as well. I went to church with the guy who produced it and have seen the WAdoni guy, (now I forgot his name) in person. Mincai, that's the one. Anyway, I have met him in person two times!

The "Beyond the Gates of Spleandor" gail referred to is also good and it is actually a documentary. Not sure if she knows.

Both movies are based of a book by Elisabeth Elliot called "Beyond the Gates of SPlendor" in case you are interested in reading about it! Plus it would be from a little different persepective. It would be from one of the OTHER families perspectives.

lrlwreath said...

A girlfriend and I went and saw this movie. I think I was still crying after I got home. It touched me deeply, and made me proud to be a Christian.

Katrina said...

Thanks for this review, Susanne! A friend of mine also recommended this as a must-see movie. It's on my list of movies to rent.

PastorMac's Ann said...

Thanks for the review. I really really like the book, so I'm a little afraid to watch the movie.

Susie said...

I really enjoyed this movie too. I watched it with my twelve year old daughter and she liked it as well.

Shalee said...

I have yet to see this movie, but I know it's on my "to watch" list.

Heather Smith said...

I loved this movie. It's so beautiful to see what God can do in the hearts of others when we allow His love to shine through us.

Linda said...

Are you aware of the big controversy in the states about the lead actor being a homosexual? The hub-bub almost overshadowed the chance of the general public seeing it. Sigh.

Susanne said...

I had read of it before the movie was released and also read a quote from Stephen Saint saying they didn't know until after they had hired the actor and they felt as a team that they would rather be a positive influence in the man's life and pray that the gospel would touch him as he made the film rather than make it the reason they fire him after they had given him the job.

Personally I think it is very sad that the issue became bigger than the film. I agree with Linda: Sigh. The film was powerful. I totally forgot about that issue as I watched and the powerful message of the film was what I walked away with. I would pray too, that any general public who saw it would also walk away with the gospel message rather the debate of whether Mr. Saint made the correct decision in keeping the actor on.

Anonymous said...

What a great review Susanne, I've seen this movie a couple of times and I always pick it up and then put it back down because I don't know if I would enjoy it.

Guess what I'm getting next time I'm at the library...this movie, thanks to you :)

Thanks Susanne :)

Melanie said...

Missed it in the movies. Looking forward to the rental. I am so glad so good movies are coming out these days. Isn't it wonderful?

MommaB said...

Hah! Thanks for the hint! My hubby is notorious for using the zoom! I surely would miss the translation for sure. Great review... you've prompted me to want to go and rent it now!

Kathleen Marie said...

I have wanted to see this movie so must rent it this weekend. I have heard from others it is good as well. Thanks for the reminder and review!

Christine said...

Hi! I just loved this movie. It is so touching to see others who laid down their lives so that others might live eternally. Blessings!