Thursday, January 8, 2015

Persecuted (2014)

After a few days struggling to get back into the groove, I found myself searching for something to watch. With nothing jumping out at me, I decided to venture into some conspiracy themed material. My selection for the evening is the 2014 religious thriller Persecuted.

Plot/ An evangelist finds himself framed for murder and on the run after he refuses to back a senator's proposition calling for sweeping religious reform.

While I expected this film to be a touch uneven considering the low budget, the premise appealed to me. Of course, the ideas involved may appear to be too faith based, intolerant, and possibly unbelievable, but, there is some truths inside that cannot be overlooked. No matter what religious denomination you may be, the truth is with the powerful and corrupt administration in office, overall religious intolerance is growing throughout our republic. The fact that these truths can be found on many alternative media outlets and not on mainstream (State Run) media should make things clear enough. As a movie, the pacing and performances are uneven, character development is lacking, and there are definitely some lighting and scripting issues, but those were expected. Unfortunately, they do bring the movie down from its solid beginning and hurt the overall feel. In the end, this one will not be for everyone and many will bash it. Honestly, a few years ago I would have been one of those, but with the lawlessness in Washington, the NSA spying on our every move, and the lack of regard for our rights under the Constitution, it would not be far fetched to see this type of event become reality.

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