Release Date: January 20th, 2006 by Every Tribe Entertainment.
The Cast: Louis Leonardo, Chad Allen, Jack Guzman, Christina Souza, Chase Ellison, Sean McGowan, Sara Kathryn Bakker, Cara Stoner.
Directed by Jim Hanon.
In English, Spanish and Waodani with subtitles.
BASIC PREMISE: Nate (Ellison) searches through the Equadorian jungles for the Waodani tribe that killed his father Steve (Allen) as well as four other missionaries. Based on a true story.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Every now and then comes a film that transports you into a different place in world, as if you were breathing in the same air as the characters and seeing the same sights. End of the Spear manages to do just that. From first frame to last, the beautiful cinematography brings out the wonder of the bright, colorful jungles of Ecuador. The plot begins when Steve and his small team of missionaries fly out on an expedition to find the Waodani tribe. Just before her leaves, Steve’s young son Nate (Ellison) tells him an important Waodani word that becomes even more important later on. When they land, the Waodani confront them and incorrectly decide that they had something to do with the disappearance of Dayumae (Souza), one of their own tribal members. Soon enough, they spear all five missionaries to death. This first act sets up a very suspenseful second act where Nate risks his life to look for his father’s body and confront the Waodani. Little does he know how violent and cruel the Waodani culture is. Some of the violent scenes are uncomfortable to watch, yet are necessary to enhance the realism. The acting is superb all across the board from Chase Ellison as adorable, young Nate to Chad Allen as his father and older version of Nate.Jack. Also, Jack Guzman gives a great performance as Kimo, a Waodani who has a crucial, surprising role in the third act.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: End of the Spear emphasizes the importance of non-violence. The most efficient way of solving one’s problems is by opening discussing them rather than resorting to violent means. Ultimately, there’s hope out there for everyone as long as they control their animal instincts. People can change—it just take the proper guidance. The way the plot unfolds in the third act will really touch your heart and make you cherish every peaceful moment that life brings you.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
IN A NUTSHELL: Visually breathtaking! A profoundly moving and powerful film!
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)
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