Three Magi Priests from different regions of the world journey through the unforgiving desert in hopes of finding proof of an age-old prophecy. But Kings of men and fallen angels will stop at nothing to destroy the Magi and the baby boy they hold dear. These evils force the Magi to confront and make peace with old demons to prepare for the arrival of the new born King.
Very well written and shot, definitely a lot of work going into post as well, great transitions and color grading throughout...definitely none of that "B" look and feel from which this genre seems to universally suffer from. Screenplay takes into account the great variance of belief systems in the ancient world, which enriches the plot and depth of the characters. Great to good acting, with believable portrayals for the most part, good casting with no blonde & blue-eyed people playing middle-eastern roles. The only negatives I see is that the plot at times is overly reliant on flashbacks, there's little to no depiction of the brutality of the ancient world, and a stronger score would have been more emotive. But overall, very good!
Well, Let me first state that there is a great deal of Theatrical License given to this film. I have study these Magi and many of the Theories of who the Magi are, and, were, continue to be debated by scholars. However, what we do know is that these Magi are part of the beautiful story of Christmas. Now, please do not waste your time viewing this film. It is difficult to follow due to flashbacks, poor lighting and has very little in common with the story of Christmas. Basically this story, CHASING THE STAR is based on very little Biblical content, further, the story, Chasing The Star does not hold to the Tradition(s) or the Historical accounts and knowledge of the Christian Church. We have Historical records and Tradition which this specific story does not address with accuracy when considering the Magi.
Chasing the Star. Once again DJ Perry has shown his mastery in getting inside of the minds of his characters, producing dialogue with a focus on Historical Biblical facts, and making the viewer become the fly on the wall. Chasing the Star is a refreshing approach using all 4 Gospels to tell the old-old story as if seen thru a microscope with greater detail. By injecting youth where tradition leads us to believe there were three old men, the author gives the younger viewer a believable and good role model in the character Gasper played by Bello Pissimenti. You will step inside the minds of the characters, and experience a personal relationship with flash backs from their past. You will feel the love and passion in the wisdom of a mother’s advice. You will witness the power of prayer as one pursues their life’s calling.
Sin can be presented in a move without using nudity or extreme violence to tell a story. The full evil of King Herod is felt and alive in each scene. Without using any special effects, just great acting, Taymour Ghazi and Rance Howard make Satan one scary fellow. Night time and dark scene dominate and masterfully impress on the viewer of how dark these times really were. The heavy percussive sound track is very special, emotional effective, and complements very well. The music becomes one with the emotions of the story. You will have to watch this film more than once to pick up on all the symbolism presented using, 3 dimensional shots, clever camera angles, and great directing by Bret Miller.
Chasing the Star is a solid performance delivered by all with every expertly written line of the screenplay by DJ Perry. Using his personal knowledge of scripture, and great use of dialogue, makes the language of the time understandable for today. Attention Sunday school teachers, this film is class-room ready. Family viewing at its best. Biblical accurate and spiritually inspiring. A must see for all young Christians.
As CHASING THE STAR follows the Three Magi (Wisemen) on their predestined quest, instead of the epic Biblical story we're familiar with, it provides wonderfully intimate portraits of humanity caught up in larger cosmic themes of power, pride, status and duty weighed against individual choice. Though the breathtaking scenery and some very nice effects capture an arduous journey, the focus is on small moments of personal struggle, often done in poignant flashback, as each of the very different trio comes to terms with the surrender of his own dreams (and demons) to embrace the sacrifice their faith demands. From main cast to brief cameos, the acting is top notch, earnest and emotional, with refreshing hints of humor. The decisions are heartrending and real. My personal favorites: The appearance of warrior angels (no wings or halos for these all business fellows!) and the slickly seductive tempter weaving in and out of the story offering dreams like forbidden fruit. A thoroughly entertaining and enlightening film I would recommend to all viewers.
Patient but not without reward. Seems low budget, yet without the shortcomings that plague this genre. Beautifully shot, decent performances and a story that doesn't pander and answer all of it's own questions.
Great movie to highlight the lives of the”Three Wise Men”, and their story of how they came to look for the messiah and become priests. Their part in the hunt for the Measiah is one of great challenge and sacrifice.