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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Faith-based "what if" thriller is boring, violent.

Movie PG-13 2014 91 minutes
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age 10+

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age 10+

Definitely Not Why I Go to Movies...

I saw this with my youth group, and I would consider myself a "good christian", but that definitely doesn't mean that I am one of those Christians that loves every Christian movie just because it's Christian. The storyline will be liked by some people, and I actually think it's plausible, but it's pretty dang boring in my opinion. I don't go to movies to hear a sermon, that's what church is for... I go for entertainment, and in this one I was actually looking forward to the ending. I know Christians get bashed, but I hear about it all the time from my grandpa and I don't wanna hear it in a two hour movie with very little action. If you're an older Christian adult who enjoys little action in a movie that's supposed to be a thriller, you may like it, but if you watch movies and you wanna be entertained , I don't recommend it.

Is It Any Good?

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Persecuted starts on the wrong foot and never recovers. The movie's entire concept is fatally flawed, from the refusal to explain what the "Faith & Fairness" act actually is or does to the idea that the people behind it would commit murder to ensure its passage. The evangelist's vehement refusal to support the bill makes even less sense, given that, based on its cursory description, it sounds pretty good. Hence, nothing makes any logical sense.

From there, the movie descends into a "wrongly accused" plot, which Alfred Hitchcock and Fritz Lang could do well, but which director Daniel Lusko is entirely unequipped to handle. The characters (even trained pros) make dozens of rookie mistakes -- for example, Luther steals a surveillance camera to get the footage inside, though the footage would more likely be on a hard drive in another room. Plot threads, such as a painstakingly passed secret note, are forgotten. It's possible the target Christian fan base may enjoy the movie, but for most viewers, it won't be worth the effort.

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