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About the Movie
Director Joshua Overbay deftly leads audiences down a twisting path of passion and devotion, envy and manipulation in this sympathetic portrayal of a modern-day cult leader and his spiritual convictions. Devoted to a simple life of faith in unforgiving Kentucky backcountry, a small religious sect seeks spiritual awakening as their Prophet (John Lina) nears death and his son, Eamon (Luke Beavers), prepares to step forward as their new leader. But, in his last moments, the Prophet instead names newcomer David (Chris Nelson) as his spiritual successor. Tension mounts when David prophesies about the end of the world. Fighting doubt every step of the way, he must lead the group through the final days. As their lives hang in the balance, each person must decide who to believe — and how much they will sacrifice to be saved.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 12
- Fresh: 10
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 7.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: This low-budget debut by Joshua Overbay cooks a surprising amount of tension from the barest minimum of ingredients.
Rotten: Never as tense and gripping as it should be, the incidents and most of the performances too tamped-down to spark a much-needed sense of animating friction.
Fresh: Director Overbay, working from an effective screenplay by his wife Ginny Lee Overbay, slowly ratchets up the tension in quietly compelling fashion.
Fresh: Overbay's palette is carefully lyrical, at a benumbed Martha Marcy May Marlene pitch, he pays attention to the verdant landscape and keeps his cast at a pensive and watchful low boil.
What a fantastic directorial debut! Great acting, great cinematography. Tension builds slowly and deliciously. What a refreshing, open, honest, unbiased lens to look through. Everyone should see this movie.
Everyone should see
The gorgeous visuals and solid performances lend themselves to a masterpiece of a directorial debut by Joshua Overbay. This movie seeks truth at all costs and resounds with me after watching. Definitely worth the watch.
it’s pretty amazing what these guys pulled off in the middle of kentucky with just a few bucks