Update Thingie

So, my initial plan was to do a few movies, then jump back into a longer book, then do my usual War-on-Christmas holiday book (and possibly, this year, another movie, as Saving Christmas is coming out on November 14th!).

But now that Pamela’s Freaking Prayer has gotten us into October, I’m thinking that a better plan would be to do another couple of movies, then my War on Christmas stuff, then start a new novel after the holidays.  (I’ll poll you guys to see what you want!)

And I’m pretty excited, because I have a comparatively-new, Baldwin-brothered film!  With an actual budget!

Oh, and you might see a couple of familiar faces

 

 

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Posted on October 11, 2014, in Books, Christmas, Movies. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. “The truth is, the proof of God’s existence is written in the hearts of everyone in this room.”

    Since this movie is going for the violent prison flick genre, I guess he’s going to prove God’s existence by ripping some guy’s heart out and asking everyone to read it.

    “You know, it’s a lot easier to think that the Leader is a Messiah, than to believe that some poor carpenter that died over 2000 years ago can save my life.”

    More than the Bible quotes, it’s lines like this that betray what subculture these movies are intended for. Non-believers do not spend their time wondering whether some political leader might be a messiah or not. The question simply never occurs to them. And people do not doubt Jesus because he was a “poor carpenter”. His carpentry, or lack thereof, is irrelevant here and bringing it up just sounds odd. “You know how those makers of wooden furniture are like: incapable of saving anyone. So why should I believe some carpenter can save my life?”

    “The Christians are so annoying. The whole time that you are torturing them, they’re forgiving you.”

    Wow. Are the makers of this movie seriously suggesting that if they should ever get tortured, they could just annoy their torturers by constantly forgiving them? That’s some pretty impressive confidence in your ability to withstand torture coming from someone who (presumably) has never been tortured.

    I’m holding on to the hope that the torturer is just mocking his victims over their inability to actually forgive and thereby their failure to carry out the requirements of their faith. I mean that’s a really low blow to make against someone who’s already being tortured, but hey, the guy is clearly meant to be a villain.

    • Headless Unicorn Guy

      More than the Bible quotes, it’s lines like this that betray what subculture these movies are intended for. Non-believers do not spend their time wondering whether some political leader might be a messiah or not. The question simply never occurs to them. And people do not doubt Jesus because he was a “poor carpenter”. His carpentry, or lack thereof, is irrelevant here and bringing it up just sounds odd.

      Remember that in Christian(TM) fiction and movies, the Heathen speak and think in fluent Christianese.

      Though Slacktivist once pointed out that a lot of it DOES fall neatly into place if you picture The Antichrist as a foaming End Time Prophecy fanboy.

  2. Headless Unicorn Guy

    Wikipedia article on the flick:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six:_The_Mark_Unleashed

    Note the Critical Reception section:
    Got Zero Stars on a scale of one to four.

    Except for Evangelical Christian reviewers:
    * Christian Ted Baehr of MOVIEGUIDE described it as “An entertaining movie and a useful tool for leading people to consider the claims of the Gospel.”
    * Christian author John Hagee said of the film: “The power of the gospel to transform the lives of the characters is shown with deeply moving reality. So real is the presentation of the plan of salvation in this movie, the viewer will be left without excuse.”
    * Evangelist Jack Van Impe was quoted as saying: “Both Rexella and I believe this to be the greatest religious release we have ever watched. I know you will be tremendously moved as never before when viewing this Holy Spirit led production.

    And that’s the whole problem right there.

    • There are several possible explanations for this.

      * They genuinely think that the salvational message is more important than anything else.
      * They are very stupid.
      * They are boosting their friends.
      * They are reinforcing tribal divisions.

      Given that Hagee and Van Impe are involved, I suspect the latter two.

      I’ve seen Stephen Baldwin in Shark in Venice. That seemed like a pretty good match for his talent.

    • I saw the same thing on Metacritic. The Critic reviews are devestating, but there were user reviews with 10/10 scores that attributed the profesional critic’s scores due to hating the message and gloating on how they will all burn in hell.

  3. Jeffrey Dean Morgan?! Why?

    I’ll give the film this; a prison as the setting for a post-Rapture movie is kind of a stroke of genius. They can represent the tyranny and over-whelming power of the Anti-Christ and the world as a soul-crushing Hell without actually having to justify it or world-build at all.

    • Kinda what Apocalypse: Revelation did, with setting 80% of the movie in 4 different hideouts. But admittedly, this is even more effective. Also, it gives them a reason to put even more Christian persecution and martyr-fetish-fuel in their movie.

  4. I remember watching this movie…. I thought it was dumb even as a Chritian.

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