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What makes this film powerful its lack of explosions, special effects and gruesome looking demon monsters. It is set in ordinary normal life.
By David Bruce
Web Master HollywoodJesus.com
|Beware. Satan is at work!
John Hobbes: Denzel Washington,
Directed by Gregory Hoblit.
|What makes this film powerful is lack of explosions, special effects and gruesome looking demon monsters. It is set in ordinary normal life. Yet in the ordinary we become aware that something unseen is going on. Something satanic.
||The Bible represents the devil as a thief, destroyer and a murderer. And that is just how this film presents the Devil.
||The unseen spiritual forces of good and evil do battle with each other. We are aware of it without ever seeing it. Remarkable film.
|| BULLETIN BOARD
Hi, I found your site yesterday, and I think it is wonderful. I have a keen interest in how Hollywood can use its own theology in films, but make it appear as if it was Bibical. There is a danger in this as the general public will not know what the Bible really says. A good example is "End of Days," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. While very strong on the idea that one's salvation comes from faith in God, the film makes serious errors in the use of Revelation, especially in the filmmaker's use of the number of the beast, 666. (A priest says that, in dreams people see numbers upside down. He says John dreamed 666, so it is really 999 or 1999, and 1999 is the date for the 1000 years: "When the thousand years have ended, Satan will be loosed from his prison" (Rev 20:7). Of course, the writer has pulled this passage out of context and used it for the plot. As I said in my review of that film: "The premise of the film is based on a passage in Revelation which states, 'When the thousand years have ended, Satan will be released from his prison. . . ' (Rev 20:7).
The film has been called a theological disaster because two key elements of the plot do not relate to Christian theology. These are: first, that Satan will have to impregnate a female between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight on New Years Eve in order to bring about the apocalypse; and, secondly, that if Satan doesn't get the girl during this time, he will go back to hell. Nowhere in Revelation or the Bible are these two ideas mentioned. Also, according to the Bible, the 2nd coming has to happen before Satan is released from his prison."
I have also written a long analysis of the film "Fallen," starring Denzel Wahington. I look at the Bibical background of the film and the sources of the philosophy and the demon in the film. I found some very interesting information on the identity of the demon, Azazel. I have enclosed an attachment which has excerpts of my review. As you know, the narrator of "Fallen" is the demon. I have analyzed the film from that viewpoint. My review is rather long, (3500) words, as I also discuss the themes in the film which deal with the nature of evil. Would you be interested in seeing the review, and/or having me edit it? The review for "Fallen"was first posted on the Hollywood Bitchslap movie review site, and they require that any of the reviews written for them, if appearing on another site, have a link to Hollywood Bitchslap. Thank you for looking at my submission, Barry Shrapnel
Response: Bad theology? I am glad for the public conversation and opportunity these films present. Both affirm the great cosmic battle now going on. Send what you will. I'll be happy to look it over. -David
WON'T BE DISAPPIONTED
THE VARIOUS FACES OF EVIL
SATAN IS OUT TO DESTROY US
Fallen. © 1998 Warner Bros. All rights reserved.
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