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      Last Days in the Desert

      2015, Drama, 1h 39m

      71 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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      Last Days in the Desert offers enough stately grandeur and spiritual exploration to offset an occasionally ambiguous narrative. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      As he wanders in the desert, Jesus Christ (Ewan McGregor) tangles with Satan (also McGregor) for the souls of a nomad (Ciarán Hinds) and his family.

      • Rating: PG-13 (Some Disturbing Images|Brief Partial Nudity)

      • Genre: Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Rodrigo Garcia

      • Producer: Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn, Wicks Walker

      • Writer: Rodrigo Garcia

      • Release Date (Theaters):  limited

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      • Distributor: Broad Green Pictures

      • Production Co: Mockingbird Pictures, Division Films

      Cast & Crew

      Susan Gray
      Rodrigo Garcia
      Nicolas Gonda
      Michael Macs
      Erik Lokkesmoe
      Corby Pons
      Paige Dunham
      Jason Durant Walker
      Abby Whitridge Berman
      Elizabeth Koch
      Kristina Kendall
      Emmanuel Lubezki
      Matt Maddox
      Danny Bensi
      Saunder Jurriaans
      Jeannine Oppewall
      John DeMeo

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      • Dec 22, 2016

        Last Days in the Desert was written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia and stars Ewan McGregor (Star Wars Prequels) as Yeshua (Jesus). The story is an original concept taking place during Jesus' 40 days of wandering through the desert to pray and reflect. When he comes across a small family trying to make a living in the wasteland and going through their own struggles, he is challenged by the Devil (also McGregor) to resolve the conflict so that all sides win. Ewan McGregor is no stranger to Indie films, but this was a very unique role for him to take on. Portraying Jesus on screen always comes with criticism, but having to also play the Devil appearing in Jesus' form adds a whole new layer of complicated. However, he does a great job of making each character distinguishable. I was very intrigued by what might be one of the most human interpretations of Jesus I've seen as we watch Yeshua struggle with temptation and anger. The thematic elements and parallels between Yeshua and the family are clear. A subtle yet beautiful film score helps tie the whole movie together. While all of these things work in theory, the story really isn't interesting. Once the theme of the film is identified, the rest becomes artsy, obvious, and sluggish. While the cinematography is truly breathtaking, it felt like The Revenant in that there were a few too many environmental camera pans. If you enjoy movies with religious aspects and themes, you'd probably get a lot out of Last Days in the Desert. However, impatience will get you nowhere here. Final grade: C+ -Ben

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      • Sep 22, 2016

        The cast is up for the game but writer /director Rodrigo Garcia's consideration of the Christ's battle in the desert with Satan ultimately underwhelms, the confrontation muted behind a imagined meeting with a family (it coulda happened) struggling with their own demons with Jesus as their Shane (like from the George Stevens film). On the whole the ideas needed more time in the kitchen.

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      • May 12, 2016

        If you can get past British accents from Caucasian, "first-century Semites", I would highly recommend what might be the least preachy depiction of Jesus next to "Life of Brian". While exploring themes that were much less subtly touched on in "The Last Temptation of Christ", "Last Days in the Desert" is a nuanced examination of Jesus' internal philosophy. What might be more interesting was Ewan McGregor's dual role as Jesus/Lucifer - their dialogues are the meat and potatoes of the film. As suggested by the title, the film is set after the worst of Jesus' temptations during his 40 day fast in the wilderness. His final trial is a distillation of the human condition embodied by a family that has resigned themselves to the desert. Many theological and philosophical hi-jinks ensue, and someone farts. It is a relatively innocuous film by moderate Christian standards, obviously since there weren't massive protests against it (probably much to it's marketers' chagrin). Anyone who enjoys grand cinematography and show-not-tell story-telling will definitely enjoy the film for what it is, and there's enough ambiguity and depth to justify a second if not third viewing. However, if you are looking for some miraculous, consummatory depiction of the life of the biblical Christ, stick to the torture porn that is "The Passion of the Christ".

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