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To the film's credit is its willingness to dip into the deep end of dark matters instead of shying away from harsh truths and hard-earned faithlessness. Still, The Shack plods toward the Almighty - even when its characters are walking on water.
The constant reminders that everything is going to be alright, and that we should not worry our pretty little heads about why evil is allowed to exist, has a distinctly condescending tone that for all the noble speeches leaves a sour aftertaste.
An understandably angry man taking on God and company should have been dramatically powerful, captivating and moving. But as presented here, it's anything but that. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, Family Loss, etc. - also Available)
Most of its running time is taken with mollifying conversations between Mack and the movie's New Age-meets-Bible Belt oversimplifications of the Holy Trinity. It fits right into a long tradition of quasi-mystical pseudo-parables.