Sunday, September 4, 2011

Of Gods and Men

Serenity and I watched this movie last night. It was very powerful. If you are looking for a Transformers-type blockbuster, this isn't it, but it is very well done, extremely suspenseful, and is quietly powerful. It was one of the best movies Serenity and I have seen for a while, and we watch a lot of movies.

Much of the movie follows the daily prayers, meals and simple tasks of the monks, and is starkly contrasted from scene to scene by showing other characters in the film, such as military officials and Islamic extremists. The simplicity of the monk's daily lives is possibly the most powerful aspect of the film. From watering their vegetable gardens to the meditative prayers throughout the day, the simplicity of their lives is appealing.

There are some very profound scenes throughout the film dealing with missiology, community, peace and reconciliation.