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As filled with good intentions as it clearly is, Hellbound? feels painfully earnest throughout as well as cluttered and only occasionally illuminating.
An engaging, accessible documentary that explores the (truly) eternal questions, "Does hell exist? If so, who ends up there, and why?"
Hellbound will probably find favor mostly with a Christian-film audience when, if [director Kevin Miller] had cast a wider net, it might have had broader appeal.
[It gives] the little-served Christian market a thought-provoking alternative to smarmy features like "Fireproof."
First, one man's dogma is another's heresy. Second, some people are inclined to offer the final word on matters of which they have no firsthand knowledge.
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Note: This is the first time in my life I was EVER in a theatre all by myself. Lol, it was funny.... and kinda creepy.
So, what this documentary sought out to do is to try to explore the idea of Hell. It's done well enough, although I think that it's not as even-handed as it could be. There are 3 main Christian ideas about Hell: Eternal Conscious Torment, Annihilationism, and Universalism. This movie portrays Universalism quite well: in regards to the logic behind it. Annihiliationism is superficially mentioned... I'd wish there would have been more delving behind the logic to it. And Eternal Conscious Torment isn't portrayed in a good light at all. I could see the logic behind doing this, though: Universalism is usually the thought that's given the least credence... some Christians even view it as heresy. So, if we're going by "let's give a voice to the most voiceless opinion," the fact that Universalism reigns supreme here makes sense.... although, Annihilationism could use some support too, ya know.
It's a good documentary in the fact that'll it get you thinking, though. And that's what documentaries should do. It's interesting the whole way through, and this was definitely a good use of my time. The portrayal of Hope in the end almost got to me, too. I can't help that, though... the hope of God always gets to me.
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