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The Mission is a well-meaning epic given delicate heft by its sumptuous visuals and a standout score by Ennio Morricone, but its staid presentation never stirs an emotional investment in its characters. Read critic reviews

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Jesuit priest Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons) enters the Guarani lands in South America with the purpose of converting the natives to Christianity. He soon builds a mission, where he is joined by Rodrigo Mendoza (Robert De Niro), a reformed slave trader seeking redemption. When a treaty transfers the land from Spain to Portugal, the Portuguese government wants to capture the natives for slave labor. Mendoza and Gabriel resolve to defend the mission, but disagree on how to accomplish the task.

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  • Dec 27, 2013
    The Mission is a wonderfully weird tale of Europeans completely out of their fishbowl in the midst of the South American jungle. A battle of good and evil intentions..neither doing much for the natives who were unfortunate enough to be "discovered" by the Spanish. One of the most compelling characters for DeNiro is hidden here.
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  • Aug 11, 2013
    A remarkable and profoundly moving drama about redemption and the transforming power of love, not only visually stunning and boasting a wonderful Ennio Morricone score but also with Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons carrying the film in two outstanding performances.
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  • Jul 29, 2012
    Moving and beautiful. The Mission, with a great direction and majestic score of the master Morricone, make this film an unforgettable powerful piece of work in seventh art.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2011
    The Mission features absolute superb cinematography, and a moving fact-based story at its' heart. Jeremy Irons and Robert De Ne Niro both display good work, but aren't given much to say in a film with sparse dialogue. The pacing is what really keeps the film back, sometimes bordering on boring. The themes are also a little overdone and preachy. Still, it's effective as an atmospheric historical drama.
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