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Pretty much, a fallen minister, Travis Jordan, is at the end of his rope, not caring too much about what else happens in the little town around him. But then miracles start happening, people are being healed, and a mysterious stranger has come to town proclaiming love and peace to the people. Travis Jordan, a local veterinarian, and Kyle Sherman, a preacher, are all feeling very uneasy about the goings on, and when they start looking deeper into the situation, they start to find something they never wished they had stumbled onto...
The story does deviate slightly from the book, but the major plot points are intact, and the ending gives the viewer a somewhat disturbing feeling after film's end. The cinematography is amazing, finding perfectly wonderful angles to film, and the cutting is just right to give an intense creepy feel to the film. The acting actually was pretty good, featuring Martin Donovan (Saved!) Randy Travis, Edward Furlong (Terminator 2), and Hilary Tuck (Honey I Shrunk The Kids the Television Series).
As far as CONTENT goes: There is a little bit of cleavage during one scene in the film, there are some very disturbing situations, but nothing incredibly graphic is shown. Blood is about the worst of the gore. There is no language in the film, which is a nice change for movies today.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed THE VISITATION, and I would encourage viewers to remember that movies and books are different entities. (Even parts of LORD OF THE RINGS were altered (or left out completely) from the books...)
Having said that, the story is well told, though there are moments where it leaps ahead unexpectedly. The movie's opening scene introduces three mysterious men who proclaim "He is coming." Through the rest of the movie they lurk in the background, creating an uneasy sense of expectancy.
Martin Donovan and Kelly Lynch are very likable as the main characters and Donovan is convincing in the role of reluctant hero. Randy Travis shows he is actually a good actor and provides most of the comic relief, which is a bit surprising.
Edward Furlong as "The Visitor" is a bit melodramatic, but does a good job of keeping you guessing to the end. The rest of the characters could use a little more development in the movie.
One thing I did find irritating about the movie is a device the screenplay writer (not Peretti) uses during the frightening scenes. It is pretty much a rip-off of "The Ring".
Overall, the movie is somewhat frightening. It's not scary in a horror movie fashion, but more in a Hitchcock kind of way. It's more of a disturbing feeling than a desire to scream. Kind of like "The Secret Window".
While Perreti is recognized as a Christian author the movie is not preachy.Read more ›
Well, if you've read the novel, you probably aren't going to like this movie. It bears little resemblance to that story, though many of the characters have the right names from the book. Edward Furlong was an odd choice for Brandon, since the character was so vital to the story and supposed to be a caring leader with charisma and love. Furlong shows a lot of road wear from his days of drug and alcohol abuse, making him a hard man to want to follow, but this hardness ends up coming in helpful as Brandon slides into the evil side.
The ending (and most of the picture) is a major deviation from the book. And things go a little too "Green Mile" at a couple of points, but if you're just wanting to watch a good movie, this is a better choice than many. The story is good on its own merit, and spooky in a lot of places it should be. Familiar faces like Kelly Lynch, Randy Travis, and even Priscilla Barnes (from Three's Company) are sprinkled throughout the cast, keeping it from being completely anonymous.
Not the worst picture ever made, but a horrible adaptation of Peretti's excellent story. I understand budget contraints, but there had to be a way to make it a little closer to the novel. As for "Special Features", the only thing is a movie trailer for "The End of the Spear".
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Best suggestion is to do what my son did & go digital. no more worries about scratched or broken disc. go to someplace like www.vudu.comPublished 9 months ago by Cathy S. Tachera
Unfortunately the movie really deviated from the book, but did keep a few of the plot markers. If you are looking for a visual representation of the book, you will be... Read morePublished 14 months ago by JohnP
good movie, kind of scary, i do question the rating because of it's content but it was interesting to watchPublished 17 months ago by anonymous
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