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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

THE MISSION [1986]

Director Roland Joffé's historical drama The Mission tells of the 1750 Spanish–Portuguese Treaty of Madrid when when Spain handed over part of South America to Portugal.
Here we follow a small group of Spanish Jesuits who attempt to protect a remote native tribe from being abducted into slavery.
All sorts of controversial themes are explored within the richly woven storytelling, some which will be seen from a vastly different sort of minds and ideals that existed when the film first came out.  Amidst all it's gorgeous photography and a particularly beautiful score, courtesy of Ennio Morricone, is a very cold-hearted exploration of Christianity and how helpful and/or damaging it is.  Wherever you sit with the ideals, one can't deny the power of the film and what it sets out to do.

4 heavy loads out of 5

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