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Movie Review: Black Death

Posted on the 28 February 2012 by Polycarp55 @polycarp55

Movie Review: Black Death

In an age of darkness one man will face the ultimate battle against evil.

But what is Hope? Nothing but the paint on the face of existence, the least touch of truth rubs, it off and when we what a hallow-cheeked harlot we have got hold of.- Lord Byron




RatedR:Strong brutal violence, and some language

Age AppropriateParents should be careful as this movie is brutal and questions a number of Christian Ideas. It is important that you have a discussion with your child after viewing this movie.

I found this movie listed on Netflix, in their new releasesection, and felt it was a tremendous movie.  Black Death illustrates the terrible effects of the bubonicplague.  Superstition filled the time.  The church ran everything.  And anyone outsideof the norm could be branded and burned a heretic.   This moviecould easily be missed, as it was produced by Europe, Germany and England, andwas released in Ireland, so the "American Media" did not advertiseit.  But if you were to miss it, that would be shame. 
Why spendthe time on a movie set in a far past? This movie embraces a time of uncertainty.  This movie illustrates a historical periodwhere the elite grasped control over its citizens. The movie looks at woman who dare survive a time that they are made the enemy.    The movie then looks at death.   Death is a very difficult thing to look at truthfully.   We often avoid the topic because death is painful. The movie explores necromancy, and answers why one may desire to raise the dead from an untimely end.
Stephen King said in an interview with the Paris Review that horror explains the cult of fear and confusion in an uncertain time.
"In every life you get a point where you have to deal with something that's inexplicable to you,"
  The message is a warning against a nation or a people allowing fear to rule them.  

DirectorChristopher Smith

Prodcued ByEgoli Tossell Film (presents) HanWay Films (presents) Zephyr Films (in association with) Ecosse Films Post Republic, The (in association with)

ReleasedUK 26 May 2010

Special Awards or Noted Whereaired in the BBC FILM 4 Fright Fest

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