“ But as a rationalist, I have to say this movie is just propaganda.
“ This is a well made propaganda LDS Film .
“ The characters seem real, the situations mostly non-contrived, and the writing is good.
“ I'm willing to forgive the cliche, as it seems to serve a purpose here, emphasizing that just as missionaries aren't perfect, good missionaries don't necessarily persist in "doing good".
“ More propaganda than film, don't worry about any touchy social issues coming up at the dinner table after this one.
“ God's Army gives a fairly accurate and entertaining view of life as an LDS missionary.
“ The film is slow and boring, and the shooting and screenplay look like a college student project.
“ I know what happened to him, the same thing that happened to all my friends who are recovering Mormons - he felt a huge weight lifted from his shoulders when he left the church, then he went on to enjoy life, and wondered how he could ever have deluded himself so much as to waste so many years of his life in the church.
“ A little known fact is that Mormons have always made exceptionally fine propaganda films.
“ Sure, it was raw and real, and even a titch cheesy, but I think the world has been fed sugar-coated views of the church for far too long and to show members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (and missionaries, to boot!
“ Writer/Director/Actor/Producer Richard Dutcher tells a story he really beliefs in with honesty and passion, and although the acting and production value of the film are not up to par with his subsequent effort, Brigham City, the integrity of the film makes it far more enjoyable and far more appealing.
“ While this might be enough to alienate anyone but the most devoted Mormon, director Richard Ductcher's ineptitude as a filmmaker and his juvenile approach to storytelling are sufficient grounds to judge "God's Army" unwatchable by almost any standard.
“ This is too formulaic, this is something Hollywood would have done if it made a film about Missionaries.
“ Riveting portrayal of real-life missionary work .
“ He said that he made the film for the LDS community so they could see a bit of themselves on screen in an entertaining way.
“ They are universal, and therefore fascinating.
“ I really enjoyed it and I am looking forward to Dutcher's next effort, The Prophet, the story of the mormon prophet Joseph Smith.
“ I can guarantee you that every LDS propaganda film made has always shown missionaries and LDS leaders as stalwarts without a hint of doubt about their work.
“ If you are a member of the LDS church, then this will be a pretty enjoyable movie.
“ For the most part, it is generally accurate in its depictions of the Mormon missionaries, but some of it is a bit drawn out for the dramatic interest.
“ If you don't mind learning about other religions or just want to watch something different, anything different, then it's not a bad one to check out; but while the movie wasn't produced or sanctioned by the LDS Church, it does have quite a bit of that propaganda feel to it, so consider yourselves warned.
“There are a few scenes where we see the two missionaries attempting to share their religion with other, usually with the cliché reaction.
“This was truly an entertaining and informative movie.
“If you're not Mormon, you may also react strongly to this film-- an attempt to prosyletize, an attempt at marketing LDS-ism-- or you may be bored.
“ However, I've spent many years being annoyed by bland and colorless depictions of a faith I can barely recognize as my own, or irritated by videos and songs that seem designed to manufacture an emotional response rather than simply allowing the Spirit to touch those who are open.
“ It took a lot of guts for writer, director, and star Richard Dutcher to make this mainstream religious feature that, on the whole, is both inspiring and entertaining.
“ A dull stroll through the banalities of Mormon prosthelatizing.
“ A somewhat interesting and marginally entertaining watch for anyone who ever wondered what's up with those annoying my-religion-is-better-than-your-religion LDS door knockers.