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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Judaism, God, and persecution are major themes.
Positive Role Models
The women are strong but not perfect.
Violence & Scariness
The Sicarii are committed to assassinating Romans. Bloody fistfights, knife and sword attacks visible. Rape and suicide are themes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Adultery and illicit sexual encounters. Men and women partially undressed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Dovekeepers, which is based on a novel of the same name, offers a dramatic interpretation of a period in ancient Jewish history, the siege of the Masada. The power of God, Jewish law, and persecution are major themes in this epic miniseries, which contains lots of violent, bloody battle and murder scenes using swords, daggers, and other weapons. There's a partial reenactment of a rape, and suicide, adultery, and bearing children out of wedlock are discussed. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
If you're a fan of ancient Judaica or faith-based historical dramas, The Dovekeepers has enough to keep you interested, if not wholly entertained. The series, produced by The Bible creators Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, offers a dramatic interpretation of the historical events surrounding the siege of Masada in 73 C.E., during which time the Sicariis (a Jewish sect committed to systematically and violently fighting Romans until the death) fled to a remote Judean desert mountain citadel a thousand feet high to avoid the Empire's persecution. The story is told as a series of personal flashbacks, which incorporate narratives of romantic entanglements, the trials of motherhood, and unfulfilled dreams while living under the shadow of probable annihilation.
It's long, theatrical, and hyperstylized to reinforce the mythic nature of the tale, which has become controversial thanks to the alternative interpretations of events offered by historians and religious scholars. As a result, those who are familiar with the story may take issue with the way the outcome is presented. Folks unfamiliar with it may find themselves struggling to understand the events that unfold.
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