This is possibly the worst movie I have ever seen. This is not moral ambiguity, this is failed screen writing. The plot is basically a rambling excuse for torture porn, and it has NO GODDAMN POINT… or well I think maybe it’s supposed to be something about how intensity of belief leads to immorality or some nonsense, but it’s so ineffectual and filled with plot holes I’m not even remotely sure. You know what? The Room was a better movie than this piece of crap. You know why? Because The Room had a point (a deranged and megalomaniacal point) and it effectively conveyed that point (albeit in a painfully heavy handed manner). This movie? It has no point. This is a hundred and two minutes of disconnected nonsensical gibberish and flying viscera. If I wanted that I could go watch performance art. At least then I could touch the viscera.
It has decent acting, and rather beautiful visuals, and the script ruins ALL OF IT. I mean, completely ruins all of it. Car commercials have better dialogue than this piece of crap.
I think they were trying to make a point about human frailty and our moral weakness and susceptibility to manipulation and panic, but in order to get their gore quota in they made every character a batman villain type violent whacko, and so their point about human frailty turned into “Religion turns you into the joker.” That’s just… not how that works… not even a little.
Spoilers (not that you can spoil this movie, it spoils itself by existing):
I mean seriously, you are the worst scary cultists ever. ”Well to tempt you we’re going to put you in this hut with the woman you love who you assume we raised from the dead, while she’s still drugged up and wobbling around vomiting like she’s possessed by a demon with vertigo, and we’re going to do this without warning you that she’s still sick.”
No, shut up, you have failed at temptation.
Not to mention, not to mention that the hut you’re sending your potential enemy into is FILLED WITH KNIVES because that’s totally something anyone with even an ounce of sanity or common sense would do.
Yeah, you’re smart enough to drug up the girl (in 1348 mind you) so it looks like you brought her back from the dead, but you’re not smart enough to warn her goddamn boyfriend she’s wobbling around vomitting? Keeping in mind that her boyfriend is a monk who’ll assume everything is a sign of demonic possession?
Oh and then seriously you end with “and I like to think he still saw beauty in the world.” No, no he didn’t. He spent the rest of his life BURNING WOMEN ALIVE, and you say that over a shot of him… you guessed it, burning a woman alive. What the hell is wrong with you?
GODDAMN YOU, MOVIE
Also how did you get your torture cart over the marsh?