Tuesday, January 24 th, 2017 at 00:01 am
HOLY WARS – MOVIE REVIEW
Take one Muslim advocate for global jihad and put him in a room with one conservative Christian on a mission to evangelize the world’s Muslims. Which man will be left standing? Touching down in four hotbeds of religious fundamentalism – Pakistan, Lebanon, UK, and heartland America – HolyWars goes behind the scenes of the 1400 year old conflict between Islam and Christianity. The film follows a danger-seeking Christian missionary and a radical Muslim Irish convert, both of whom believe in an apocalyptic battle, after which their religion will ultimately rule the world. Tracking their lives from the onset of the “War on Terror” to the election of Barack Obama, Holy Wars shows that even the most radical of believers can be transformed by our changing world.
This is a documentary that looks at fundamentalism from two different the view points of two different people. The first person is an American boy from the heartland who believes that Jesus has spoken to him and that he needs to go forth and convert the heathens. The heathens at this point in history, and in his mind are the Muslims. The person is an Irish Catholic boy who decides to convert to Islam. He decides to go live with the people he now feels are his brethren and they reject him. At one point, the documentarian, Stephen Marshall, brings the two of them together and what transpires is absolutely amazing. So this a documentary that will make you uncomfortable at the beginning because you feel like you’ve seen it all and both of them need to have their heads examined. But what transpires is really interesting, and I encourage you to see it because it does give some glimmer of hope on the one hand and some true reason for desperation and depression on the other. But, Holy Wars is a really thoughtful, interesting movie that is certainly of our time, so I’d give it three and a half stars.