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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Stigmata (1999)



After watching a few different horror and Sci-Fi movies while the rest of the family was watching an Illuminati ceremony at the Taylor Swift concert, I decided my night would not be complete without something with religious overtones. My selection for the evening was the 1999 entry Stigmata.


Plot/ A priest from the Vatican is sent to Sao Paulo, Brazil to investigate the appearance of the face of the Virgin Mary on the side of a building. While there, he hears of a statue of the Virgin Mary bleeding tears in a small town outside of the city. Meanwhile, a young woman in the U.S. begins to show signs of stigmata, the wounds of Christ.


I have always enjoyed this movie and thought that the layered storyline echoes something many people believe, the organized church is in some ways out of control. While some may see this as an attempt to be anti-religious, but it is not, it is anti-church politics. There is no secret that the Vatican Vaults hold many scrolls and writings that could influence the way people view religion as a whole, and it is not out of the realm of possibility that a story like this could in some way exist. The cast was solid and the acting was perfect for the scripting, the effects were outstanding and the cinematography was top notch. Yes, there were some head scratching moments, but overall, this is an entertaining and thought provoking movie and one that must be seen.  


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