Come Sunday, to me, is an amazing film. It is a look inside the belief system of fundamentalist Christians. This is not the belief system to which I have ever belonged. So watching Carlton Pearson's transformation and how he was ostracized for his revelations, moved me greatly and kept me riveted. They assembled some truly great actors for this film, from Chiwetel Ejiofor, to Martin Sheen. Based on a true story. It was apparently difficult to have this film made due to the subject matter and fears of protest. I'm personally very glad they were able to get it done. Not to put down <more>
those who sought to punish Rev. Pearson for abandoning their tribe, but because it was so uplifting how he found his true path and offered hope for others. I look for transformation in characters as I watch serious films. This film and it's actors transformed as few films do. I highly recommend this.
Highly recommended!! When God speaks everything changes. Beautiful heart warming, heart wrenching and heartbreaking story. Excellent acting and directing. The scene where they sing "Yes Jesus Loves Me" forever changed how I feel about that song. Chitiwel Edifor and Lakeith Stanfield were excellent!!
Good movie. (by martinez_jacquie-00441)
Enjoyed movie. Great casting. A must see for everyone. Thank you netwfilx for making this moving. Kept my attention the entire time. Again a must see movie for everyone.
Like THE HURT LOCKER, a war movie that makes me want to watch it over and over, COME SUNDAY is a RELIGION film, that I want to watch over and over (by vesil_vesalier)
And then, the non-religious film lover watched COME SUNDAY, and he was struck by the light of amazement. For he had seen a film about belief and faith that did NOT overwhelm him with cheesy imagery, flat dialogue, or flip-flopping character arcs that made no sense as the players struggled with the deciphering of the Lord's word... No, THIS was a film that impressed him.No, really. I mean that in every word.COME SUNDAY stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, an actor with a name that I have to copy and paste every single time I write it. He first impressed me when I saw him play the ruthless assassin in <more>
SERENITY, and ever since then, he's consistently been amazing in every role I've seen him play. Going into this film, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect.As I said in my mostly joking opening, I am not a religious man. It's a topic I've struggled with for most of my life, and for the most part, I'm on the side of the atheists, believing that there's no proof, so there must be no "God". But I have to say. This film has me wondering.Having girlfriends that have been very religious seems to be a theme with me, and so far every one that I've been really serious about has loved "the Lord" in constant vigil. And, what you can expect goes along with that territory, for a man who's either on the fence or on the opposite side of the fence, there've been more than a few heated arguments over the years. None of which I've successfully won, because let's face it, even when you win a fight with your lover, you seem to lose. It is here that I have witnessed some very poor cinema, with regards to the Almighty.More on that in a bit, though.COME SUNDAY is about a preacher who has a moment of... divine intervention, it seems, when he watches the massacres of Rwanda on the television of 1998. It is here that his faith is most questioned, the simple argument being that those that are not saved must go to Hell, in this case being the 400,000 children that were murdered without question. How could children who had no chance in life be sent to Hell, simply because they were born in the wrong place? And thus, the preacher's dilemma begins. Because as he shrieks in pain witnessing such horrors, the voice of "God" speaks to him.Smartly, the director Joshua Marsden, whom I regret to say I've never seen any other movies of--YET chooses not to attempt to simulate the Lord's voice, instead simply showing our preacher the real person, Carlton Pearson simply struck by a thought in his head, without verbal acceptance or bolts of lightning. Instead, it ends up being more of a moment of enlightenment. A vision, if you will. A shift in his perspective. And when all is said and done, he declares to a church full of believers, that he no longer believes in Hell.This of course sits very poorly with his miraculous band of white and black worshippers, who cannot accept what comes from his lips, with even Martin Sheen FINALLY given the chops that this fantastic actor is due, instead of just sliding him in for face value playing the real Oral Roberts, telling our preacher that it is most likely the Devil that is doing the speaking in Carlton's head, not the Lord. And thus, the movie unfolds.This is not a Lifetime movie, where you get useless platitudes and patched-together stories fixed by quick writing adjustments, to stand in for real deliverance and destiny--this is challenging, believable fare, and wonderfully done at that.It's not perfect... There are moments when the pacing of the film slows things down a bit, but the absolutely BEAUTIFUL shots that pull the pieces together do a wonderful job of trying to keep things moving, and there are no actors who do not deliver one hundred percent in every scene they are in.When all was said and done, I was more than happy that I was able to watch, for the first time, a movie about faith and religion that made me want to believe that such things were real, and such people were possible. This is a true event tale, supported strongly by what I'm still trying to accept which is now a FILM STUDIO based off of the really incredible radio show and briefly done television show on pay cable that I used to watch, created by Ira Glass, THIS AMERICAN LIFE, which is about as close to real, HARD truth as you're ever going to get. It is as wonderful as it is painful to absorb, but certainly one of the greatest things that has ever been attempted or created.I will watch this again, and I did love this film tremendously. I recommend that everybody watch it, and make your arguments one way or the other, even if what you see shocks and/or offends you. This, after all, is the purpose of great art.And of great cinema.
Well acted, well paced biopic, good music. What happens when an established pastor's thinking takes a radical turn? Balanced portrayal of sincere religious people grappling with different interpretations of what defines faith.
The truth will.... (by CarlinaHoratio)
A well crafted film, I was interested how they were going to approach the controversial topic of religion and its doctrine Hell. I was excited to see this film because, I don't believe in hell or the trinity. The low rating must be from those who believe in hell, but a good film should make you think about your core beliefs and maybe make you a little mad. Then the actors did their job, the bishop was believable and outstanding, the calm of the movie was real. Growing up in bible study I can see this happening this way. I've learned something interesting about Isaac Newton who is <more>
considered one of the smartest man who ever lived he didn't believe in the trinity but kept his findings in his journals because he said the leaders weren't ready for a change, I wonder what he would say about hell? This movie didn't offend me because through research I've already known hell is a made up teaching, you can find things in the Bible to support hell and the trinity but were these teachings come from would amaze some if they diged for the truth. This movie is an awakening for those who question the status quo.
Come Sunday is a powerful film delivering an even powerful message 'What if GOD allowed you, now, to understand a meaning of the Message that was contradictory to what others as well as yourself previously believed?' This is not a crisis of faith, but that of interpretation and understanding. Come Sunday will resonate with Believers and will really hit home who have discovered the true understanding of the Word years after it's first reading. If you believe that GOD will only allow you to see when GOD feels that you are ready, you will find Come Sunday a most wonderful film.