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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Medved Gives God's Army 3-1/2 Stars
(God's Army (Review))
Medved Show 7Jun00 A4

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON -- Nationally known film reviewer Michael Medved gave LDS film God's Army three and one-half stars in his review published on his website. Medved said he found the movie, "fascinating, riveting, and emotionally satisfying."

Meved in particular praises the film for its realistic appraisal of the struggles that everyone, including missionaries have with faith. He says that he was imporessed by "the inclusion of one character who begins to doubt the whole Joseph Smith story which provides the cornerstone of Mormon truth. He struggles over leaving the church and the mission, and the movie never simplifies his problems nor wimps out on his sympathetic portrayal. Faith remains a choice for these idealistic characters."

Medved says the performances in the film are, "superior-some of them superb-with a level of acting that most mainstream releases could rightly envy," and praises the treatment of spiritual matters, saying that their portrayal "never seems cheap or manipulative." The review also says that the film, while making a case for the LDS faith, does it in "a surprisingly subtle, balanced, sophisticated way. Dutcher leaves unresolved questions, refusing to wrap up his gripping story in a neatly-tied, beribboned package. . . . The picture, in other words, displays some dramatic integrity."

"You leave the film feeling the same way I've always felt about the LDS members I know well in real life: whatever my doubts (and they are big ones) about their theology, you can't help liking these people," writes Medved.

He goes on to discourage children under 10 from seeing the film because of its "intense and serious content." But suggests that non-Mormons who have seen LDS missionaries on the street, can get an idea of what missionaries go through in "this amazingly accomplished effort." Medved concludes noting that the missionaries motto in the film is 'Let's Do Some Good Today.' "Whatever your faith, the picture has the odd impact of filling you with the same resolve."


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