Monday, January 2, 2017

Last Days in the Desert 2015

     This film is an imagined chapter of the forty days of fasting and praying of Jesus in the desert.  There are struggles with the elements and the Devil.  Jesus spends his days fasting praying, and asking for guidance.  He also meets a family living in the desert.  The father is a stone-cutter, his wife is sick and they have a teenage son. 
     I’m not sure of the point or purpose of this film since it’s not biblically or historically accurate?  As an imagined story, it could be anyone in the desert?  The scenery of the desert is very beautiful and formidable.  I’m also not sure why the story of the family in the desert concluded the way it did? 2 ½* (This movie is so-so)

98 min, Adventure directed by Rodrigo Garcia with Ewan McGregor, Ciaran Hinds, Tye Sheridan, Ayelet Zurer, Susan Gray.

Note:  Imdb 5.6 out of 10, 75% critic 47% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2 ½*, Amazon 2.8* out 5* with 76 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California.  Ciaran Hinds and Ayelet Zurer also acted together in the film Munich.  Ewan McGregor is Scottish born and he has blue eyes.  I’m sure this casting fits the picture of a Jewish man born in the Middle East?  Emmanuel Lubezki is the cinematographer for this filmand he has won three consecutive Oscars for Gravity, Birdman and The Revenant.

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