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|Soldier of God|
Director: WD Hogan
There is a vastness to this film that is strangely intimate. Religion, love, and faith are all put to the test here and found wanting. With stark echoes of today's entrenched beliefs and the violence they engender, "Soldi... more »
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Texian Guesser | ellis county | 01/19/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Good story elements to this movie but it lacks balance. It is about the Left's favorite subject when it comes to religion - the Crusades. It continues with the same old twisted view of history - that Christians were THE aggressors. The Christian in the movie is naturally ignorant of history and can't intelligently discuss charges made by Muslims. The Muslims are the civilized group just defending their families (on land they conqured from other families, but of course that's not important). No mention is made of Muslim invasions into Europe before the crusades ever began.
Religious fundamentalism in general is under attack here. Christianity is just the safer target since Christians don't tend to track critics down and behead them. I would never defend crimes committed in the name of Christ, but this movie focuses too much on that aspect of the debate."
Despite the socio-religious views, it's a good film.
Kenneth R. Rasner | Riverside, CA | 02/24/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Disclaimer: I worked on this film as a stunt man, but that doesn't mean I'm giving it a good review because of that.
The first reviewer is very right... they do make the Christians out to be bad guys, and also the Jews. It's a little off-putting but the story line is very solid and entertaining. I was at the world premiere in Los Angeles and I would say 8 or 9 out of 10 people reacted favorably. I think it's worth seeing at least once."
D. Chaltry | Florida, United States | 03/23/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a superb movie that may disturb some people with narrow minds. If you are looking for a movie that elevates one faith above another, look elsewhere. This movie is about the respect and camaraderie that develops between two soldiers of differing religions, who come to the realization of how similar their beliefs truly are.
The writers of this movie have obviously done their homework when it comes to the historical background of the story. In fact, it may help if the viewer also has some knowledge of the historical and political situation amongst which this story is set. Specifically, knowledge of the history of the Knights Templar, as well as the Ismaili sect of Islam would be beneficial. I have not spoken with anyone who has seen this movie but lacks the historical knowledge, so I don't know if this movie would be enjoyable to those who are historically uneducated.
This is a thinking movie, not an action-packed thrill ride. Scenes of battle and carnage are few, and not very graphic. It seems that the intent of the movie was to make viewers evaluate their notions of right and wrong, in particular as it relates to possession of the holy land in the middle ages (and by extension, even today). It also touches on human nature, and how difficult it is to accept who you truly are. I highly recommend this movie to all students of medieval history, and those interested in comparative religious studies."
Not Kingdom of Heaven - thankfully
L. Karnay | Fairfax, VA | 07/11/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's not Kingdom of Heaven and thankfully so, but this movie is not perfect(really is a 3.5 star movie). As usual in this day and age when the West continues to be attacked by Muslim fanatics, the Christians and Jews are the bad guys. As for the DVD, good picture, but I found the dialogue difficult to hear at times - audio recording not the best considering the environment being filmed in? I found the scene with the Jew attacking the camp confusing - why? what was the explanation? It just seemed like a forced scene to cause the Knight to lose it. Anyway, the actor who played the Knight should have played Orlando Bloom's character in KoH - better looking, more rugged and saltier than Orlando."