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This stroy story tells how he was found out about what he did. ALthough the movie cannot even begin to explain what all he really did (and still hold the R rating as well as being viewable in most nations) it does show mostly how he manipulated his wives especially when they all claimed to love him.
The reason this story is so sad and disturbing is the fact that it actually happened, and to many degrees still happens not just in Canada, or BRitian, or any other nation, but also here in the United States. This harsh tale of Physical, Mental, and Sexual abuse may test to some degree of what you thought you knew about Society, and of people as well.
I thoroughly enjoyed Savage Messiah. The acting is superb along with the dialogue. Why am I among the very few who thinks so? I cannot begin to understand why this gem of a film is so ignored. It is truly a four and a half to five star film. Please make a point of seeing it. I'm sure you will agree with me.
Flares into Darkness
I enjoy true stories, and all of this movie was true, and, amazingly, so many more horrible facts were left out.
I had never heard of this man. After seeing the movie, I looked him up on Wikipedia and Google and Murderpedia and I was shocked at how many graphic details the movie left out. This man's unbelievably torturous crimes, according to Wikipedia and Murderpedia, were so much worse than shown in the movie. You all can look it up for yourselves, and be prepared to be more shocked than you were when you watched the movie.
I think that the movie should have gone into more detail of why these people chose to be in this cult, more "backstory" of the wives, and the movie should have told about what happened to all of those children afterward. The movie should have mentioned his death and about how he died, even if it was just printed at the end, and again, you all can read about it all on Murderpedia and Wikipedia and other websites. I am shocked that he got "only one" life sentence, because I have heard of other people getting several consecutive life sentences for much less, and I am shocked that he was eligible for parole after only ten years, which he was actually denied, and he actually was murdered in jail.
I am most of all shocked that all of this movie is true and that much more of the facts that were left out of the movie are true.
SPOILER....The movie left out so many details regarding the woman getting her arm chopped off, most of all, that after her arm was cut off, she actually went back to Rock again. The movie left out facts about the murder of his wife and about so many other tortures that are just so shocking and horrible that it is unbelievable that it is all true and that these people still chose to stay with him.
Here's the scoop. Taken from a true story, this Ontario set film revolves around a Manson-ish cult leader who is very charismatic and keeps a harem of women and their offspring to do his bidding. A local social worker thinks things might not be so rosy and mounts a campaign to get the children and women out of there. It's not as easy as she'd hoped.
This is a decent, low budget, independent type flick. There are very few sets and no frou-frou. The focus is on the characters and the script and both are good enough to see this through. Polly Walker, as the social worker, was herself an abused wife, so she has a keen eye for this situation, along with a personal desire to see that no harm comes to these "church" members. Luc Picard as the leader of said church also does a fine job. Though not handsome, he still has an arresting presence. He can be charming when needed but, underneath, he's a snake who just wants to have his cake and eat it too. He dishes out punishment and death with little remorse of conscience. You want Polly to succeed and get all these folk safe and make certain Picard pays for his cruelty.
The director, Mario Azzopardi, has a ton of credits, mostly TV, under his belt. To his credit he made this story believable. What could have been a heavy handed effort is told with a quiet authority that allows the story to speak for itself.
This is probably more three and half stars than the four I gave it but it's more than a worthwhile watch.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
well acted true story .... the strength of one woman triumphsPublished 11 months ago by Bold Beauty
It was everything they said it would be. Arrived on time, no damages.Published 13 months ago by charmaine
A chilling sick man who is portrayed by an amazingly talented actor.The supporting actors were superb as well.The story is suppose to be based on true events in Canada. Read morePublished 15 months ago by M. George
disk didnt work was scratched up!! wrote to the person i got it from never heard back!Published 16 months ago by J Steele
This is a real eye opener to the horrors of cults..intence and keeps you watchingPublished 19 months ago by saryn
"Dark" movie, but I am into cult history and this was one cult I had never heard about. In general I enjoyed it.Published 22 months ago by badstress
This movie is alright it's was needed to be in my collection of DVDs that's all.. kind sad with the abuse of children and women..Published on October 8, 2013 by Amazon Customer