Tuesday, April 8, 2014

My Name Is Paul

My Name is Paul (Quiet No More Films) is the story of Paul, a man blinded by hate and intent on destruction, determined to find and kill Peter, the enemy of his Leader. However, a terrible accident and a miraculous discovery take him off course and on a road of self-discovery where he learns to live and love the Way. (dvd cover description)

Starring Andrew Roth, Michael Joiner, Patrick Keenan, Cranston Johnson, Shannen Fields, Vanessa Ore, Karyn Elyse Abercrombie, Tim Ross, Abigail Cornell, Isaiah Stratton, Torry Martin, Gary Ray Moore, Davis Osborne, and Joe Coffey. Written by Tara Lynn Marcelle and Vanessa Ore, My Name Is Paul is directed by Trey Ore

An interesting modern twist on an old story. The action is set during a time when Christians, known as followers of The Way, are once again being hunted and persecuted. However, it also closely follows the Biblical account of Paul as told in the book of Acts. Since I am familiar with that story I followed the plot through that perspective. I admit that I am curious to know how this story would be viewed from someone who does not know about Saul of Tarsus/Paul.

In this telling, many of the names remain the same from Biblical accounts, but Paul's god is the government and he is their best agent. While many seek to incarcerate Way People, Paul will ruthlessly terminate any who fail to comply. Yet when he is blinded and is nursed back to help by those he once persecuted, he reaches out to the One they follow. The transformation from killer to protector of God's people is a clear demonstration of the forgiveness and new beginning offered to those who choose to repent.

I enjoyed the fresh look at a story I have known most of my life. The historical accuracy was preserved enough to recognize, yet the futurist look to the film gave one a greater grasp on the possibility that Christians may once again be persecuted for their faith, even in areas that proclaim religious freedom. It was understandably dark in many ways, but the viewer is still left with hope. There were comic touches sprinkled through the story, but the ability to laugh through fear and tragedy is in our nature. The soundtrack was excellent! Jurgen Beck (who is also one of the producers) is one of my favorite composers, and his music was the perfect touch for the film. There is no profanity, nudity, or graphic images, but some of the scenes are too intense for children, so 12+ should be okay to watch.

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this product from Edify Media at no cost to me for the purpose of writing a review. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.

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