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The Shack Blu-ray Review

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While it will surely have a fanbase, “The Shack” is largely a syrupy and preachy film to say the least.

After growing up with an abusive father, Mack is living a pleasant happy life with a wife and 3 children. Unfortunately, his good fortune changes when one of his daughters is tragically murdered. Distraught and lost, Mack gets a strange letter inviting him to the shack where his daughter was killed. Not knowing what awaits him there, he is surprised to find that he is being led to a seemingly idyllic place where he meets 3 strangers. These 3 strangers happen to be Holy Trinity. As Mack struggles with faith, pain, and forgiveness, he is slowly but surely healed by the 3 in different ways during a sort of vision quest.

When I first saw the trailer for “The Shack,” I couldn’t believe this movie was real because it looked so laughably bad. It almost looked like a parody of faith based films from the trailer. I was even more baffled to discover that it was based on a popular best selling novel! Luckily, the movie is not as bad as the trailer. Unfortunately, it is still not a good movie. At all.

Like with all faith based films, “The Shack” contains a lot of positive themes, but that can only get you so far. When the ideas and subjects are presented in not so subtle and sometimes embarrassing ways, it’s hard to look past that. It’s even harder to get past a film like “The Shack” that is essentially religious hokum at its worst. Did I mention it’s also an unbearably long 132 minutes too?

As if all of that wasn’t enough, the movie is led by one of Hollywood’s worst actors in Sam Worthington. Under a more capable star, the movie would have been slightly easier to swallow. As is, you have to witness the entire thing with one of the blandest actors to ever grace the screen. Thankfully, Octavia Spencer is in this movie. Why she is in it, I have no idea, but it’s a good thing she is as she is easily the best part of the entire production.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? Despite how you may feel about the movie itself, there’s no denying that it’s an often picturesque looking film (especially on Blu-ray).

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The track is so good it can even capture Sam Worthington’s grumbling well!

Extras:
* DVD copy and Digital copy.
* A deleted scene.
* Lionsgate/Summit trailers.
* “Premiere Night: A Blessed Evening” contains interviews, film clips, a musical performance, discussions about the material and themes, etc.
* “Touched By God: A Writer’s Journey”- Author William Paul Young talks about his novel and others talk about the film adaptation.
* “God’s Heart For Humanity”- A featurette about the role of God in the film.
* “Heaven Knows: The Power Of Song With Hillsong United”- A behind-the-scenes look at the Christian rock band in the recording studio. Music is also performed here.
* “Something Bigger Than Ourselves: The Making of the Shack”- A standard making of that contains film clips, interviews, set footage, and story, concept and character discussions.
* A talkative and informative solo commentary by director Stuart Hazeldine.

Overall Thoughts: “The Shack” is pretty much aimed at fans of the novel and faith based films and that’s about it.

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May 29, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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