The Apostle Reviews
The story of a minister in a evangelical Christian church who starts a new life after committing a crime. Interesting and engaging story as we see the man's life destroyed and then see him rebuild it, and see the effect he has on others.
Superb performance by Robert Duvall in the lead role (though we have come to expect that from him). Very believable as the preacher, with mannerisms, doctrine etc very well researched.
While having an interesting plot (written by Duvall) and also being well-directed (by Duvall), the movie isn't too profound, which is disappointing. I was waiting for that moment of clarity, but it never came.
It is all about the journey, not the destination, in this case.
Maybe this is due to Duvall's script or the kind of direction that a seasoned actor brings to the director's chair. Duvall allows his performers plenty of time and longer takes to really delve into their characters. He doesn't rush any scene or rush the story, in general, it takes its time. Often meandering in and out of a coherent plot, but that doesn't really matter. What matters is the story of "Sonny", and his own personal redemption. Duvall knows how to tell that story, and he does.
It's not a perfect film, but it was such a refreshing look at religion from Hollywood that I couldn't help but enjoy it.
P.S. Billy Bob Thornton is really great in this film.
Although he has flees he hasn't sorted his stuff out & it all just resurfaces. Although Duvall has created a unique cinematic character he isn't really likeable.
It's a film that will leave you with mixed emotions & not sure how you feel. It's an interesting film about a subject rarely explored in Mainstream Hollywood.