Samson (2018): Review

Synopsis:

The 2018 Samson movie, produced by Pure Flix Productions and Boomtown films, portrays the life of a young Israel man with incredible strength that comes from GOD. He unwillingly surrenders to fighting against the Philistines. A relationship with the tempting Delilah, a Philistine, leads to Samson losing the strength and being placed into captivity. Samson prays for GOD’s strength one final time, as Samson uses the strength to destroy the temple of the Philistine’s. The movie ends hinting to a future Israel leader, David.

Where the film succeeds

The 2018 Samson movie is filled with action throughout, portraying several of Samson’s fights. This action keeps the action and storyline flowing throughout the film. I enjoyed how effortlessly the film showed Samson defeating the army with only the jawbone of a donkey.

Secondly, the film does a good job showing the wicked oppression that the Israel nation suffered from the Philistines during this time period.

Thirdly, the film successfully points out several times that Samson was chosen by GOD for the role.

Considering that only 36 verses in the Bible (KJV) mention Samson, the film does a great job taking this Biblical story to a nearly 2 hour experience on the screen.

Where it didn’t

  • Samson’s parents (Manoah and wife) and their faith. Judges chapter 13 tells of how when an angel visited Manoah’s wife, then Manoah, to tell them of the coming child, their concern was in doing what GOD would have for them. They wanted to honor GOD for the gift of this child.
  • Samson’s commitment to his calling. Judges 13:24 -25 states that The LORD blessed Samson as he grew and that the Spirit of The LORD began to move upon Samson. Often throughout the new movie, Samson seems to thumb his nose at his calling from GOD and blatantly breaks all of the vows associated with the Nazarite vow.
  • Samson’s own Faith. The movie reflects Samson calling on GOD during the few fights, but does not delve into the fact that Samson’s devotion and faith in GOD was the true strength Samson had- the cutting of his hair was simply a physical way of showing that Samson was willingly disobeying what GOD asked of him

Conclusion

Over all, I give Samson a 3.5 out 5 stars based on the lack of showing the faith component and on how the film seemed to portray Samson as a lustfilled bully than a warrior of the Faith. There is quite a bit of violence shown, which leads me to state that children under the age of 12 should be with an adult when going to see the film.

It is good to see more faith-based films filling the theaters. As Christ-followers, we need to be supporting family friendly films and certainly supporting Christian-based films. We should also use these as spring boards for discussions with our friends and family.

{I did not receive any type of compensation for my review, and the opinions expressed are mine alone}

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How it Started, & Where it is Going

7 years ago, I began to blog here. At first, it was a scattering of memories and a few reviews. It wasn’t ever created with a clear enough purpose.

I’ve rolled that thought around a lot lately. I’ve wondered at times if I should delete those original posts, or even stop the blog altogether.

I’ve fought with comparing myself too much to other bloggers. And I have been facing a lot of life adjustments these last few months.

And I’ve come to a conclusion: I will continue to write, and probably more so. Those original posts will remain, too, since they are a part of my journey.

I will continue to write about faith in Christ Jesus, about doubts and fears, about mistakes I have made and new mistakes I am certain to make along the way. I will write about these things, and just continue to do what I do best: be simply me.

What today isn’t 

When the alarm clock wakes hours after you

When the weather and road conditions aren’t clear

When the closest parking spot is 50 yards from the store

When the insurance didn’t cover it..and the bill is twice your take home pay

When what was suppose to be your 20th wedding anniversary is your 3rd yr alone.

There will be days like these. Or maybe, like me, you’ve had an abundance of days like these.

But these days aren’t..

These days aren’t the way life always has to be. These days do not define you. Or me.

I thought they did. Eight years ago, I was going through a divorce. A divorce wasn’t suppose to happen to me, right? Preacher’s kids don’t get divorced…but there I was, trying to wade through the muck, relocating and also finding a new job. I remember laying face down on the floor, crying until the tears scorched my face. I thought.. this is it. I will never have a normal life again.

How funny… “normal”. I’ve always been proud of the fact that I am not your normal girl. And yet, I was mourning what I thought normal was suppose to be. I honestly thought the pain, shame, and rejection I felt was my new norm.

It wasn’t. Not every day. I admit, there have still been many a day since that I’ve laid face down in tears over things I’ve done or things I’ve had done to me.

Through each of those moments since, one passage of scripture has been my reminder:

Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.

~Joshua 1:2

Moses had been Israel’s leader for many years. Many had followed him all oftheir life. They trusted him. They depended on him to lead. And now, he had died.

Israel was mourning. And probably feeling clueless as to what the future would hold.

Perhaps Israel felt afraid. I imagine some were. Moses had led them their ancestors out of Egypt. Moses had brought the 10 commandments down from the mountain. Moses had been a part of all they had known.

And better still, now after years and years and years, they were suppose to follow Joshua into a land they really knew nothing about.

8 years ago, I knew nothing about being a single mom. I knew nothing about trying to date as a divorcee… and I certainly was terrified at the thoughts of trying to do life without my husband.

Joshua 1:2 picks up as Israel has been in mourning for Moses. Joshua, too, was mourning. And God tells Joshua a few things here:

1) what has happened has happened

GOD doesn’t skirt the facts. Moses, Israel’s leader and Joshua’s mentor had died. It was a hard reality. But Israel and Joshua both had to come to terms with the fact that Moses was dead and he wasn’t coming back.

I had to get myself out of denial. I was now divorced, and no matter how much it hurt and I regretted it, that was the reality. And nothing could undo it.

2) it’s time to move forward

God told Joshua to get up and go. They had mourned long enough.

It’s easy to sulk in our losses or failures.

I had mourned the loss of my marriage daily, sometimes hourly. I beat myself up constantly for my part in the marriage failing. I knew I had to get up and go.

Was it easy? No. Was it a one and done? No. I printed Joshua 1:2 on index cards and hung them in every door of my apartment. I made the routine of reading it outloud every time I left for work and again when I got home. And gratually, I began to stop mourning.

3) Remember HIM and HIS promises

God had for years promised the people of Israel two things: Land and His Presence

The vows my husband and I had made to each other years ago had been broken. But tge vows, the promises of GOD, are sure. They will never be broken.

My journey these 8 years hasn’t always been easy, just as Joshua’s journey from Joshua 1:2 to Joshua 24:29 wasnt alwats easy for him. Just like Joshua, though, I have found found God always good, always sufficent, and always, always faithful to His promises.