The Message Reviews

  • Jan 13, 2020

    This film is amazing. Having reverted to Islam and then watched this movie it gave me a greater understanding of the message of peace the Quran teaches.

    This film is amazing. Having reverted to Islam and then watched this movie it gave me a greater understanding of the message of peace the Quran teaches.

  • Sep 26, 2018

    It was awesome!! Best True story ever told, please release this in 4K and HDR!

    It was awesome!! Best True story ever told, please release this in 4K and HDR!

  • Apr 24, 2018

    Well made and quite engaging, even for non-Muslims. A highly ambitious film, capturing the life of Muhammad. Due to the nature of the subject, director Moustapha Akkad had to thread his way between many restrictions. Not only did the film have to be accurate in its depiction of Muhammad, as anything short of this would be sacrilegious, but, in order to reach a wider audience, it had to appeal to non-Muslims too. Furthermore, his main character could not be shown at all! Despite these requirements and limitations, Akkad ultimately made a fine movie. Epic in scale, lavish in production and engaging in plot. It clocks in at a touch under three hours but doesn't feel like it, it moves along so smoothly. Akkad gets around the inability to show Muhammad through some clever devices, often concentrating on his senior aides rather than the man himself, and when he does have to have him present, doing it from a first person perspective. Not as engaging as if we actually had the main character visible, but I can't think of a better way he could have made the film, given that restriction. As a person who does not know much about the history of Muhammad and Islam, quite edifying. Good cinematography and battle scenes. Decent performances too.

    Well made and quite engaging, even for non-Muslims. A highly ambitious film, capturing the life of Muhammad. Due to the nature of the subject, director Moustapha Akkad had to thread his way between many restrictions. Not only did the film have to be accurate in its depiction of Muhammad, as anything short of this would be sacrilegious, but, in order to reach a wider audience, it had to appeal to non-Muslims too. Furthermore, his main character could not be shown at all! Despite these requirements and limitations, Akkad ultimately made a fine movie. Epic in scale, lavish in production and engaging in plot. It clocks in at a touch under three hours but doesn't feel like it, it moves along so smoothly. Akkad gets around the inability to show Muhammad through some clever devices, often concentrating on his senior aides rather than the man himself, and when he does have to have him present, doing it from a first person perspective. Not as engaging as if we actually had the main character visible, but I can't think of a better way he could have made the film, given that restriction. As a person who does not know much about the history of Muhammad and Islam, quite edifying. Good cinematography and battle scenes. Decent performances too.

  • May 28, 2017

    With a low budget and humble resources, this movie is epic in many ways! Whether you're a muslim or not, its a must see for those who love historical films. As a muslim, it makes me cry every time especially with its haunting soundtrack.

    With a low budget and humble resources, this movie is epic in many ways! Whether you're a muslim or not, its a must see for those who love historical films. As a muslim, it makes me cry every time especially with its haunting soundtrack.

  • Jan 21, 2017

    To my knowledge this is one of the first mainstream releases targeted at Western Audiences about the origin of Islam & the prophet Mohammed. Clearly lacking the production values & dialogue of Hollywood Films but it's interesting to see how this religion formed. The directors decision not to show Mohammed makes it hard as a viewer to connect with the film. May appeal to Muslims but I found as a film it was hard to invest in.

    To my knowledge this is one of the first mainstream releases targeted at Western Audiences about the origin of Islam & the prophet Mohammed. Clearly lacking the production values & dialogue of Hollywood Films but it's interesting to see how this religion formed. The directors decision not to show Mohammed makes it hard as a viewer to connect with the film. May appeal to Muslims but I found as a film it was hard to invest in.

  • May 24, 2016

    great movie from the great time

    great movie from the great time

  • Dec 10, 2015

    one of the best films I have ever seen.

    one of the best films I have ever seen.

  • Aug 27, 2015

    An epic movie written by the best of their decade Tewfik El-Hakim, Abdel Rahman El-Sharkawi, Abdel Hamid Gouda El-Sahhar, Mohammad Ali Maher and H.A.L. Craig.The movie is based on the first 22 years of Islam showing how Islam and its beliefs of one God and not Idols spreads in Makkah first in secret at night among poor and moderate people including women who seeks decision for living and not buried alive as people custom that time and also African slaves who seeks freedom and rights under the resilience of Islam. The resilience and common beliefs of Christianity are also resembled in the movie with the character of christian farmer who healed injured Mohammad in Taif and the Abyssinia Christian king (al-najashi) who give asylum to the muslim migrants. Moustapha Akkad with his brilliant directing work reflected in this movie. Authentic costumes and art direction of the Arab peninsula at the 7th century. Never filmed battles and towns as described in historical books. Oscars nominated Music by Maurice Jarre. Great performance by Anthony Quinn, Irene Papas, Michael Ansara, Earl Cameron, Martin Benson, Michael Forest and Rosalie Crutchley. Arabic version of great actors Abdallah Gheith, Hamdi Gheith, Mona Wassef, Ali Ahmed Salem and Sanna Gameel.

    An epic movie written by the best of their decade Tewfik El-Hakim, Abdel Rahman El-Sharkawi, Abdel Hamid Gouda El-Sahhar, Mohammad Ali Maher and H.A.L. Craig.The movie is based on the first 22 years of Islam showing how Islam and its beliefs of one God and not Idols spreads in Makkah first in secret at night among poor and moderate people including women who seeks decision for living and not buried alive as people custom that time and also African slaves who seeks freedom and rights under the resilience of Islam. The resilience and common beliefs of Christianity are also resembled in the movie with the character of christian farmer who healed injured Mohammad in Taif and the Abyssinia Christian king (al-najashi) who give asylum to the muslim migrants. Moustapha Akkad with his brilliant directing work reflected in this movie. Authentic costumes and art direction of the Arab peninsula at the 7th century. Never filmed battles and towns as described in historical books. Oscars nominated Music by Maurice Jarre. Great performance by Anthony Quinn, Irene Papas, Michael Ansara, Earl Cameron, Martin Benson, Michael Forest and Rosalie Crutchley. Arabic version of great actors Abdallah Gheith, Hamdi Gheith, Mona Wassef, Ali Ahmed Salem and Sanna Gameel.

  • Apr 18, 2015

    If you want to know the history of Mohammad

    If you want to know the history of Mohammad

  • Feb 26, 2015

    This is a classic and epic movie - the one and only movie that you can find that depicts the life of Muhammad - also a great historical portrayal of the rise of a religious and cultural empire.

    This is a classic and epic movie - the one and only movie that you can find that depicts the life of Muhammad - also a great historical portrayal of the rise of a religious and cultural empire.