End of the Spear

I would be remiss if I did not recommend you get out and see this film. The movie has generally not faired well with reviewers, although based on what I’ve read they have been more offended by the clear religious message than by any error in the film making. The only legitimate complaint I have read is that the film is somewhat marred by it’s musical score. This I will grant. Particularly at the beginning of the film, the dramatic moments are undermined by melodramatic, over the top music. However, the story is so compelling, the visuals so stunning, that problems with the music are infinitely forgiveable. For me, the music faded into the background after the first 10 minutes anyway, and only rarely jarred me after that.

If you’re not familiar with the story of the Waodani Indians, you owe it to yourself to see this film, and if you are familiar with the story, it has never been as real to you as it will be after seeing this film. If you’ve looked at the film and thought it’s too violent or it looks too depressing, I have to tell you it is neither. The violence of the Indians is indeed present, but it is presented in a realistic but not gruesome fashion. You see worse violence watching nature shows on PBS. While the story is certainly heart wrenching, it is also filled with hope and redemption. The movie opened to about 1100 theaters nationwide, 4 weeks ago. It’s not winning any prizes at the box office and is unlikely to linger. Get out and see it. You won’t regret it.

BTW, as a point of interest — and to tell you how biased I am — if you stay for the credits you will note the name Evan Derrick as Production Assistant to the Second Unit. He was my film school room mate. Go Evan!

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