“ It's intense and, at times, surprisingly violent and impactful.
“ Are they putting on propaganda?
“ As befits a one-dimensional propaganda film, the performances are mostly flat and cartoonish.
“ Sincere, But Slow And Scattered .
“ It's intense and, at times, surprisingly violent and impact full.
“The most interesting character portrayed by Garcia provided a point of hope for the movie, but was quashed by the all-too-predictable "conversion of an atheist" storyline that tends to be flogged by similar movies and books in order to convey a moral lesson, even if the so- called "atheist" was not even an atheist.
“This movie, if it can even be called one, is actually a two hour plus piece of propaganda from the religious right (yes, we have one in Mexico) to try to justify the actions of a group of people who started refusing state provided secular education and was handled very poorly by the government.
“ Sinarquist propaganda.
“ The producers could have taken a page from how religious historical matter regarding say, religious persecution of the Jews in Europe, has been presented by sympathetic directors, who've treated the difficult history as a tale of human conflicts and interests rather than just a badly-directed, drawn out martyrdom, which this movie seems to be.
“ It was a riveting story that I knew nothing about.
“ The story of young Jose Luis Sanchez (Mauricio Kuri) is particularly compelling because of the boy's age (about twelve) and his deep faith in God.
“Worth watching if you want to understand how horrible it can be without a Christian Moral position within a country.
“ Andy Garcia is excellent - he even shows intense emotions.
“ The only thing i had a problem with was the long drawn out talking and planning with the characters.
“ It unfolds at a pretty slow pace, and there are a number of scenes that could have been eliminated.
“ Worth watching.
“ Something intriguing for a debate...
“ Part History, Part Propaganda, Partly Good .
“ In fact, it pounds that message into the ground with the force of a jackhammer (as well as poor direction, sub-par acting, often banal dialogue and amateur camera work that is both irritating and seizure-inducing).
“ Run to the nearest movie place and enjoy a fascinating movie!
“" As someone who dislikes religion, I did not feel that this was a film that aims to proselytize, but rather one that reveals a period of Mexican history that few people know about within the context of a riveting drama.
“ What's even more stunning are some of the parallels one can draw from the scenarios offered in the film contrasted with the way people of faith in this country are constantly put on the defensive for their traditions in the name of political correctness.
“ I will start by saying that this is a very good movie and entertaining to watch.
“The film is entertaining, the cast mostly up to the task, and the director brings it all off with a few rough edges, tho' they aren't enough to get in the way of enjoying the film.
“The slow and erratic pace of land distribution under Carranza, Obregón and Calles confirmed to the peasantry the military government's timidity in confronting the large and powerful landowners.
“ This movie is very worth watching.
“ However, what I didn't like much was the direction of the movie, which alternated standard western-style action with relatively slow-moving and predictable dialogs.
“ And this actor, Mauricio Kuri, that plays Jose is also good especially during his intense final scenes.
“ The movie trailer made it look as boring as mess, and the reviews on here made me not even want to go to the theater let alone park in the parking lot.
“ His slow transformation from non-believer to believer is interesting to watch.
“ The movie was a little long and some of the camera work was a little jumpy but overall it presented a compelling story.
“ A compelling true story, an excellent cast, & high quality sets and costumes Perhaps if you are not religious then this movie will not move you the way it did me.
“For viewers going in with the idea that this will be all action/adventure and rousing gun battles, be prepared for a good dose of human interest scenarios that offer conflicted characters attempting to balance the line between good citizenship and deeply held religious conviction.
“ Billed as an action epic, the powerfully riveting faith-based drama reconstructs factual events surrounding the 20th century Mexican revolt led by devout Catholics against the federal government for freedom of religion, known as the Cristeros War.
“ It is disturbing how these known American actors were willing to be part of this extreme right wing Sinarquist propaganda movie.
“ Becomes Christian propaganda especially in end credits.
“Overall the movie was a waste of time and resources.