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      The Mission

      PG-13 Released Oct 13, 2023 1h 43m Documentary List
      94% Tomatometer 51 Reviews 66% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings In 2018, a shocking event made headlines around the world: a young American missionary, John Chau, was killed by arrows while attempting to contact one of the world’s most isolated Indigenous peoples on remote North Sentinel Island. THE MISSION uncovers the gripping story beyond the headlines. Through exclusive interviews and with unprecedented access to Chau’s secret plans, personal diaries, and video archives, THE MISSION examines the mythology of exploration that inspired him, the evangelical community that supported his quest, and reveals his own father’s heartbreak as Chau’s youthful thirst for adventure became a fatal obsession. Read More Read Less Watch on Disney+ Stream Now

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      The Mission's compassionate and nuanced approach to retelling a real-life tragedy makes this an engrossing exploration of the intersection between delusion and faith.

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      Randy Myers San Jose Mercury News In Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moore’s thorough, thought-provoking documentary, questions arise about the role that Chau’s unwavering resolve to introduce the teachings of Christ to Indigenous people living off the North Sentinel Island played in his demise. Rated: 3.5/4 Nov 8, 2023 Full Review Amy Nicholson FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) This is a marvelous documentary. Absolutely marvelous. Nov 1, 2023 Full Review Mark Jenkins Washington Post The film expands into a debate on the ethics of missionary Christianity. Rated: 3/4 Oct 24, 2023 Full Review Rachel Wagner Rachel's Reviews (YouTube) A documentary that doesn't tell the viewer how to feel just tells the story and let's us decide Jan 8, 2024 Full Review Sarah Boslaugh TheArtsStl ...takes you into the strange world that led up to [Chau's] fateful encounter, including a a bro-tastic evangelical culture that frames such missions as righteous adventures. Rated: 7/10 Jan 4, 2024 Full Review Farah Cheded A Good Movie To Watch Providing equal weighting to both sides is an unusually hands-off approach [...] Ultimately, though, anyone watching this with an open mind will still come to the same moral conclusion — you’ll just be better informed about it. Dec 30, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Excellent look at the insanity of fundamentalist fanatics and the consequences of “missionary” work. Leave people alone! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 04/07/24 Full Review Alec B Its less of a pop psychological examination than it is an indictment of a particular worldview, which is fair given that the death of this young man was so utterly pointless. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/04/24 Full Review Dan R 2023's 'The Mission's is a troubling look at what happens when the lines between faith and delusion are severely blurred. SYNOPSIS: '26-year-old American missionary John Chau was killed as he attempted to make contact with an Indigenous group off the coast of India, one of the last communities on the planet still living in isolation.' This is an exceptional documentary which asks so many questions on what's right and wrong, what's morally correct and whether religion can ultimately lead to brain washing and the ultimate sacrifice. Chau's unwavering resolve to introduce the teachings of Christ to the indigenous people of Sentinel Island in the end costs him his life. But was he really there by choice? The film becomes a larger debate on the ethics of the missionary work of parts of the Christian church, and diverts too much away from Chau's story. In reality, this story could've been told in 60 minutes but the directors decide to add a lot of historical waffle. For me it's a story of obsession, devotion and delusion. But it's also about the loss suffered by Chau's family and their grieving may never be allowed to end. 8/10 Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/03/24 Full Review David A Such a disappointment. This agendacumentary paints John as an unwitting victim of a "radical" or "extreme " evangelism movement, when in fact John had a full blown messia complex, even the mission trainers were concerned about it. It's obvious by simply observing his comments about personally being the man to save them... and a friend, a minister, and his own father explicitly mention "messiah complex". NOBODY but himself was championing this, and he knew the risks, telling people "I might never see you again", and avoiding the law at every chance to live his purely self-inflicted fantasy. Even his last words indicated he was probably going to his death, just that after having a hostile first interaction wherein his Bible was shot with an arrow ...by a kid, and then he went back anyway! There's non-stupid evangelism, and there's stupid evangelism. This was the later. His friend at the beginning nailed it "he was stupid". Jesus didn't say go get yourself killed. He said spread the gospel to he "who has ears to hear". Everyone knew the Sentinelese did NOT want to hear his message. Zero stars for an agendacumentary posing as an objective presentation of the facts. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/24 Full Review Audience Member Excellent film about radical faith and the sometimes arrogance that comes with it. The world would be so much more peaceful if we allowed everyone to live their own way and with their own beliefs versus forcing ours onto them. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/17/24 Full Review Rachel A This was one of the most well-rounded documentaries I've seen in a very long time, if not ever. Very well done! 👍🏻 Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/08/24 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In 2018, a shocking event made headlines around the world: a young American missionary, John Chau, was killed by arrows while attempting to contact one of the world’s most isolated Indigenous peoples on remote North Sentinel Island. THE MISSION uncovers the gripping story beyond the headlines. Through exclusive interviews and with unprecedented access to Chau’s secret plans, personal diaries, and video archives, THE MISSION examines the mythology of exploration that inspired him, the evangelical community that supported his quest, and reveals his own father’s heartbreak as Chau’s youthful thirst for adventure became a fatal obsession.
      Director
      Amanda McBaine, Jesse Moss
      Producer
      Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn
      Distributor
      National Geographic Documentary Films
      Production Co
      Lightbox, Mile End Films
      Rating
      PG-13 (Some Violent Content|Sexual References|Full Nudity|Thematic Elements)
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 13, 2023, Limited
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $57.0K
      Runtime
      1h 43m
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