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The Shack
天堂小屋

Opening Date
06 Apr 2017
Rating
PG13 Some Mature Content
内容只宜十三岁及以上
Runtime
133 mins
Language
English with no subtitles
Genre
Adventure, Drama
Director
Stuart Hazeldine
Cast
Sam Worthington, Radha Mitchell, Octavia Spencer
Synopsis
Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, The Shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips [Sam Worthington] spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa [Octavia Spencer]. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.
Reviews
By Hoai  06 Apr 2017
Despite the several shortcomings, The Shack remains a spiritually uplifting movie about forgiveness and redemption. While it certainly targets a Christian audience, it does raise some interesting questions about the universal value of love that will appeal to anyone regardless of their position on God and religion.
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Adapted from the novel by William P. Young, The Shack is a part fantasy, part family drama movie that revolves around Mack (Sam Worthington) and his family. After a tragedy happening to one of his children, Mack spends his days in anger and grief, neglecting his responsibility as a husband and a father. One day, he receives a mysterious letter in his mailbox, which leads him to a life-changing encounter with three strangers, who turn out to be the Holy Trinity.
 
The Shack is a faith-based film that caters primarily to a Christian audience. It deals with questions of faith and spirituality through Mack’s evolving relationship with God, whom he believes has failed him time and time again through the many tragedies in his life.
 
One of the biggest challenges the film faced is with the depiction of Mack’s experiences during his stay with Papa, Jesus and Sarayu. These experiences are meant to represent Mack’s journey towards spiritual awakening, but the visual portrayal of these scenes lack the subtlety needed for a viewer to suspend its disbelief. Perhaps these scenes will work better in the book, but on screen, they sometimes come off as absurd or even comical. There were certainly a few chuckles in the audience during some of Mack and Jesus’s interactions, but some things are just best left to the imagination.
 
Acting-wise, Octavia Spencer is reliably great in her role as “Papa”. The film’s portrayal of God in the form of an African American woman is a bold, and even a controversial move, but one that I liked a lot. Israeli actor Avraham Aviv Alush, charming in his role as Jesus, proves to be another refreshing addition to the cast. However, unlike the supporting cast, the main character played by Sam Worthington is somewhat of a disappointment. The audience is often told verbally how he suffers from pain and grief rather than being shown these emotions. In a script driven mainly by Mack’s emotional development, this failure to engage the audience emotionally becomes particularly problematic.
 
Despite the several shortcomings, The Shack remains a spiritually uplifting movie about forgiveness and redemption. While it certainly targets a Christian audience, it does raise some interesting questions about the universal value of love that will appeal to anyone regardless of their position on God and religion.
 
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