Virgil Films // 2009 // 100 Minutes // Rated PG-13
Reviewed by Judge Brett Cullum // June 5th, 2010
Faith meet Culture, Culture meet Faith.
I'm not sure just who Lord, Save Us From Your Followers should be aimed at, since it can play almost the same in front of a liberal doubting audience as it can staunch pious conservatives. The film is a smart meditation on how religion has put off many people with the hardcore lines drawn over hot-button topics such as gay rights and how to approach nonbelievers. Dan Merchant made a film that warns fundamentalist Christians putting fear-based theology out front and center into the culture has done more harm than good. He even goes so far as to use clips from such heathens as Jon Stewart, Al Franken, and Bill Maher to illustrate his point by telling viewers they are right in their analysis. To back this up, Merchant includes footage from BattleCry's anti-gay-marriage rallies, and interviews protesters from both sides of the battle lines. Perhaps most effectively, Merchant dresses up in a white jumpsuit and slaps religious bumper stickers and Jesus fish on himself to ask men and women on the street what they think. He interviews theologians and even a cross dressing nun from San Francisco.
Verdict was sent a screener copy of this film, so I can't tell you much about extras or the quality of the transfer. It all looked fine for a documentary feature, and the quality of film changes with the clips from various sources. Lord, Save Us From Your Followers doesn't have the punch of the films from the likes of Michael Moore or even Morgan Spurlock. It simply gives the gentle message that people don't have to agree on everything in order to work together for the common good. Seems simple enough, but no small feat considering how far the culture war has come in this country. It's a great documentary for those seeking a balance between the gospel of love and the hellfire and swagger of today's evangelicals. It's talking heads talking about some very heady topics.
Not guilty of unchristian like behavior, the film taught love and compassion.
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Studio: Virgil Films
* 1.85:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 100 Minutes
Release Year: 2009
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13