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A bargain-bin biblical epic that delivers the requisite mass-murder-by-ass-jaw as a cheapjack approximation of Zack Snyder-esque pomp, but is for the most part clinically dull.
The movie's most interesting clashes aren't between Samson and the Philistine royals, but between Pure Flix's intent to create "clean" entertainment and the obvious bloodthirstiness of the source material.
While it cannot be faulted for its sincerity, it can be faulted for its sluggish pacing, inconsistent performances and lack of cinematic style that gives the proceedings a tacky feel throughout.
A sluggish biblical epic that might have been more bearable if it had a much higher campiness quotient.
Aimed squarely at Christian audiences looking for inspirational family entertainment, Samson is a preachy and plodding drama that's light on excitement, action or any real sense of spirituality.
The story of the biblical strong man from the Book of Judges is drably retold without a trace of style or showmanship, making Cecil B. DeMille's 1949 Samson and Delilah (which was pretty good already) look like a masterpiece of great art by comparison.
'Samson' is a Biblical epic worth watching.
The result is a film that tries hard but feels like a casual shrug of the shoulders.
Bible-based tale has bloody beatings, eye-gougings, more.
Exciting Non-stop Drama & Biblical Epic
Perhaps...I am being too hard on a pretty okay movie that will make a lot of viewers happy.
Could have used a more charismatic Samson and more beguiling Delilah
From Pure Films comes Samson, a rather lackluster biblical epic. The story follows Samson, a man of destiny called to lead the Hebrews from slavery, but when his wife is killed by a ruthless Philistine prince Samson becomes consumed by vengeance. The cast is pretty weak and gives fairly band and unimpressive performances. And the film's low-budget is painfully obvious in the cheap costuming, makeup, and sets. Samson might pass for a made-for-TV movie, but it's just not up to the standards of a theatrical film.
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