It’s an overhyped situation that provides us with the answer to what might happen if you give a small group of people the wrong idea of what it means to serve God.
A local, militant church group starts rumors about a party to convince three teens into serving as results of “Satan’s handiwork” in this world.
Abin Cooper (Michael Parks) is the preacher of this small congregation whose messages reflect that of hatred towards homosexuals.
Kevin Smith builds on the fear of individuals using one of the most respected books in the world to justify violence against others and then he kicks it up a few hundred notches. Abin Cooper and his congregation not only believe that it is their duty to rid this world of those whom “God hates”, but they have made it their lifelong commitment. To help them, they have enough weapons for a small militia, which has kept them within eye-level with local government agents.
To this film’s demise, there are too many assumptions made regarding law enforcement. In order to undergo certain actions, all law enforcement — regardless of rank — must have certain procedures in place to ensure the safety of all people. If there are confirmed hostages within an area, specific protocol must be followed. Although the film’s climax provide the audience with a glorifying “fire fight”, the final decision in how to handle the situation seems too convenient even for the government agents making the call.
This straight-to-DVD film is a shocking, yet entertaining experience. Parks stands out as the defiant, abhorrent preacher whose terrifying teachings are enough to start a small war.
Jim’s Rating: 5/10