Molokai: The Story of Father Damien Reviews

  • Oct 12, 2016

    Enlightening movie with some solid performances from some of the film industry's best known actors

    Enlightening movie with some solid performances from some of the film industry's best known actors

  • Dec 05, 2014

    An interesting movie, if not a particularly entertaining one.

    An interesting movie, if not a particularly entertaining one.

  • Jan 02, 2014

    A very accurate and affecting biopic that raised my ire because the government and Church officials who should have supported Father Damian didn't even give him the donations given just for him and colony residents. It doesn't seem possible that the secular and sacred authorities could be jealous of the reputation and recognition of a man serving lepers and then dying of it himself, but such is the character of some who call themselves human. A stellar cast of supporting actors, but the film lacked a hard to define something to make it great. It's good, but not outstanding. Still worth watching.

    A very accurate and affecting biopic that raised my ire because the government and Church officials who should have supported Father Damian didn't even give him the donations given just for him and colony residents. It doesn't seem possible that the secular and sacred authorities could be jealous of the reputation and recognition of a man serving lepers and then dying of it himself, but such is the character of some who call themselves human. A stellar cast of supporting actors, but the film lacked a hard to define something to make it great. It's good, but not outstanding. Still worth watching.

  • Dec 12, 2012

    David Wenham shines here in his role as Father Damien, the priest who risked his own life to help the lepers quarantined on the island of Molokai. The movie is stunningly filmed by Paul Cox.

    David Wenham shines here in his role as Father Damien, the priest who risked his own life to help the lepers quarantined on the island of Molokai. The movie is stunningly filmed by Paul Cox.

  • Jun 28, 2012

    Largely true to the facts. A slow burning but engrossing movie. Actors excel especially David Wenham in the lead role. A film that will leave you happy - the main characters, and frustrated - the church management and government characters. History has correctly judged all leading to recognition of Father Damien's and his staffs' humanity. A lesson relevant today.

    Largely true to the facts. A slow burning but engrossing movie. Actors excel especially David Wenham in the lead role. A film that will leave you happy - the main characters, and frustrated - the church management and government characters. History has correctly judged all leading to recognition of Father Damien's and his staffs' humanity. A lesson relevant today.

  • Apr 25, 2012

    What an eternally awsome film. The views are worth seeing this picture for, the acting was superb, Peter O'tool especially. David Wenham is one actor I will be looking for. Loved his accent. A must see!!

    What an eternally awsome film. The views are worth seeing this picture for, the acting was superb, Peter O'tool especially. David Wenham is one actor I will be looking for. Loved his accent. A must see!!

  • Feb 23, 2012

    Just for the sheer daring and authenticity to use real lepers of Molokai who acted out of respect for their hero- Saint Father Damien this gets 100% from me. The setting and the pace and the acting are top notch. Before anyone casts any comments try to put yourself in Father Damien's shoes. Such strength against everything going against him. Strongly recommended. A hero! A great movie. Unpretentious.

    Just for the sheer daring and authenticity to use real lepers of Molokai who acted out of respect for their hero- Saint Father Damien this gets 100% from me. The setting and the pace and the acting are top notch. Before anyone casts any comments try to put yourself in Father Damien's shoes. Such strength against everything going against him. Strongly recommended. A hero! A great movie. Unpretentious.

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    John B Super Reviewer
    Jan 27, 2012

    Stunning cinema and a story that deserves to be captured on film. Truly memorable.

    Stunning cinema and a story that deserves to be captured on film. Truly memorable.

  • Oct 31, 2011

    A truly inspirational Catholic film, but it falls short of greatness due to inconsistent pacing and forced Catholic messages.

    A truly inspirational Catholic film, but it falls short of greatness due to inconsistent pacing and forced Catholic messages.

  • Jul 03, 2011

    My first introduction to this wonderful Saint. The way the leper colony is shown is apt for a movie. Very real and soul wrenching. Amidst the brutal reality of life, the beauty of the island is well captured too. A beautiful movie where every artist has done total justice to the character. David Wenham is simply suberb.

    My first introduction to this wonderful Saint. The way the leper colony is shown is apt for a movie. Very real and soul wrenching. Amidst the brutal reality of life, the beauty of the island is well captured too. A beautiful movie where every artist has done total justice to the character. David Wenham is simply suberb.