Apostle (2018)
October 25, 2018 1:24 PM - Subscribe

In 1905, a man travels to a remote island in search of his missing sister who has been kidnapped by a mysterious religious cult. Stars Dan Stevens (Legion) and Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex). Written and directed by Gareth Evans (The Raid: Redemption). A Netflix original.
posted by DirtyOldTown (5 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
I will have more fully formed thoughts on this later, but for now...

"I belong to an insane death cult that worships an ageless blood eater."
"You can't scare me. I've met ... [Dramatic pause] THE CHINESE!"
posted by DirtyOldTown at 2:26 PM on October 26, 2018 [1 favorite]


I really liked parts of this, but don't think it quite worked as a whole. Plus it was too long.

I wanted more of the (spoiler alert) blood goddess. I was hoping we'd get her bloody vengeance instead of the ending they provided.

Also, what was the story with her basket-head acolyte dude?
posted by Fence at 3:14 PM on October 27, 2018 [2 favorites]


I agree with Fence.

Also I think...the structure was off. The movie seems about to climax and then veers off with the young lovers and then the insurrection plot AND THEN we get the climax. It seemed awkward.

But overall, it really worked for me. I think this has more to do with the strength of the cast than the strength of the script. But I also like the mystery about it. I hope they won't do sequels and just let the movie stand alone.
posted by miss-lapin at 4:02 AM on October 28, 2018


Dan Stevens has definitely got the crazed-out-of-his-mind antihero thing down to a science now.

The Raid movies are really high on my personal great films list and I watched this because of Evans. He's one of the current best directors out there as far as scene creation/atmosphere and just overall technique but he needs a good story editor or something because his films tend to peak and valley a lot.

I kind of thought basket-head was probably a human child born during the curse and why Quinn went off the rails about his daughter.

At first I was a little disappointed it went into the "gods are real" realm instead of just "humans are awful" realm but I think that was the point. My takeaway was it doesn't matter how pure your faith is, or how benevolent your god, some man will usurp everything and the kids will suffer for it.
posted by M Edward at 6:25 AM on October 28, 2018


I don't think everything entirely came together here, but I like Dan Stevens and I like how freakin' crazy he looks the entire time.
posted by graventy at 4:03 PM on November 5, 2018


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