Review of ‘The Firing Squad’ Film – Not for the Luke-Warm Christian Who Likes Teaspoons of Jesus

If you’re skimming through your post-dinner plans, wondering if “The Firing Squad” is worth your precious popcorn time, I’m here to break it down for you. This isn’t your average flick—it’s a rollercoaster of emotions, a visual feast, and possibly the best way to use up 1.5 hours. Let’s dive into why this film is creating waves and why it should be next on your watch list for August 2, 2024.

Not for the Luke-Warm

First things first, “The Firing Squad” isn’t just a film; it’s an experience. It’s like the director decided to take every cool film technique, stir in some intense characters, and then sprinkle it all with a plot that keeps you guessing. The hype isn’t just fluff either. Imagine the buzz when a new phone drops—that’s this movie, but with actors and storytelling.

The film has probably been flooding your social media feed with good reason. It’s got drama, it’s got suspense, and it’s got a narrative that could make a grown man cry into his cereal. It’s the kind of movie that sticks with you like that catchy song from last summer.

It’s not for the luke-warm Christian who likes teaspoons of Jesus or no Jesus (as in ‘Unsung Hero’). It’s not for the Christian critic who is embarrassed there’s too much Jesus in this film. It’s not for the Christian who wants a family film (complete with a dog) that is not offensive and does not warn people about a Christ-less eternity (read ‘Crazy Love’ that shockingly says you will not see a luke-warm Christian in heaven based on Revelation 3:15).

‘The Firing Squad’ Unwrapped

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Okay, so what’s the big deal about the plot? Without spoiling too much, the true story revolves around a group of Christian prisoners who face execution in a third world prison. There’s no spoiler to say: They win the entire prison camp to Christ.

As the plot unfolds, alliances are tested, and betrayals are as common as plot twists in a soap opera. The narrative structure is a masterpiece, with layers peeling away to reveal truths and lies, keeping you on the edge of your seat. It’s not just about the action; it’s about the human condition, the choices we make under pressure, and the consequences that follow.

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‘The Firing Squad’ is the best movie of 2024 – but again only if you’re a true Believer of Jesus Christ. Why do I say this? Because no one else will understand it. They forget the Apostle Paul who wrote he did not come in eloquence to share the Gospel. Not that it’s not a real film. It is. It’s better than 99% of the garbage out there in Hollywood – secular or not.

Cinematic Brilliance

Let’s talk about visuals. The cinematography in “The Firing Squad” is nothing short of stellar. Think of that golden hour light that makes everyone look good—now imagine that, but with the Gospel. Every frame is a painting, each shot meticulously crafted to not just tell a story but to make you feel it. The prison camp is majestic and the acting is stellar especially Cuba Gooding Jr., who recommitted his life to Christ on the set (why is the media silent on that?)

The director plays with shadows and light like a pro, turning ordinary scenes into visual poetry. It’s not just a movie; it’s a 93 minute long poem to the Lord filled with epic shots.

Character Chaos

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Now, onto the characters. These aren’t your cookie-cutter heroes and villains. Each character is layered including Captain Tanu, like onions or a really complex cake. They have motivations that make you nod in understanding, even when they’re doing something borderline crazy.

You’ve got the leader who’s seen too much, the newbie who’s got too much to prove, and the wildcard who could either save the day by escaping or find Christ. Their interactions are like watching a chess game where every move could lead to a checkmate in Christ.

Emotional Rollercoaster

Yes, ‘The Firing Squad’ will tug at your heartstrings and possibly tie them into knots. It’s an emotional rollercoaster—imagine the thrill of the drop and the screams of excitement. One moment you’re teary-eyed at a tender moment, and the next, you’re biting your nails as tension builds.

The emotional depth of “The Firing Squad” makes it more than just an action-packed thriller; it’s a saga of love, loss, redemption, and resilience. It’s like going through your entire range of emotions with someone controlling the speed dial.

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A Soundtrack to Remember

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Let’s not forget the music. The soundtrack of “The Firing Squad” is epic. It’s the kind of score from Lisa Bloom that you find yourself humming days after, wondering why it sounds so familiar. It complements the film perfectly, enhancing scenes with its rhythmic beats and haunting melodies, turning even the simplest scenes into memorable ones.

Lisa Bloom is a maestro of a composer – her music is incredible and will leave you in tears.

Behind the Scenes Magic

It’s not just the on-screen talent that makes “The Firing Squad” a must-watch; it’s the wizardry happening behind the camera. The director, known for their sharp eye and even sharper storytelling instincts, manages to weave complex narratives seamlessly. This isn’t a director who shies away from difficult shots or complex sequences. Instead, they embrace these challenges, turning potential pitfalls into the most talked-about scenes.

But it’s not all about the director – a guy who’s directed 16 movies from what I understand. The film’s screenplay is a tight, well-oiled machine. Every dialogue, every scene, every twist feels intentional and impactful. The scriptwriters deserve a shoutout for not just delivering lines, but crafting conversations that feel real and resonant. It’s like they’ve distilled the essence of human conflict and camaraderie into every exchange.

The Acting Ensemble

You’ve heard about the main characters, but let’s talk about the ensemble cast. This isn’t a film where secondary characters fade into the background. Each supporting actor brings their A-game, providing depth and diversity to the tapestry of the narrative. From the stoic sidekick to the comic relief, every performer adds a unique flavor, enriching the overall story.

The chemistry among the actors is palpable. It’s clear they’re not just going through the motions; they’re living their roles, especially James Barrington. This commitment translates into performances that are not only believable but also deeply moving. It’s the kind of acting that earns standing ovations and tears from the audience, not just for the protagonists but for every character that graces the screen.

A Reflection of Society

the firing squad prison scene

One of the most compelling aspects of “The Firing Squad” is its ability to mirror real-world issues. The film doesn’t just entertain; it makes you think. It delves into themes of Jesus vs. morality, the ethics of redemption, and the impacts of the death penalty, both on a personal and a societal level. It’s a reflection on what it means to make decisions that have life-or-death consequences, and how those decisions ripple through the world.

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This layer of social commentary sets “The Firing Squad” apart from other films. It’s not content to be a mere escape from reality – even if it’s 100% Jesus; it challenges viewers to confront uncomfortable truths about the world and their roles within it. The film becomes a conversation starter, a catalyst for debate and reflection, making it a perfect fit for viewers who like their entertainment served with a side of intellectual stimulation.

Final Verdict: Worth Every Minute

To sum it all up, “The Firing Squad” is more than just a film; it’s a masterpiece of modern cinema. Forget what you’ve heard and the live reactions (a bit too much) from NYC, LA, Orlando and the moon – everyone says they ‘cried’ – I get it. But there’s so much more.

‘The Firing Squad’ combines the best of storytelling, technical excellence, and profound themes of Jesus the Son of God, wrapped up in a package that’s both entertaining and God-centered. Whether you’re a cinephile or a casual viewer, this film delivers on all fronts. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions, a visual delight, and a thoughtful reflection on the human experience.

Watching “The Firing Squad” isn’t just killing time; it’s investing it wisely. So, clear your schedule, turn down the lights, and prepare to be transported into a world that’s as thought-provoking as it is thrilling. This isn’t just another movie—it’s a cinematic event that you can’t afford to miss. Grab your ticket to this journey, because “The Firing Squad” is one film that promises—and delivers—on a film that will make you decide one thing: If I had two months to live – cancer, cardiac arrest, firing squad – what is my final testament to Jesus Christ?

A sour, bitter, vengeful, competitive, political American Christian who hates every tribe but his own?

Or a kind, gentle, compassionate, forgiving, patient, loving follower of Christ?

I’ll let you decide.