Review: Retribution


Retribution is an English film made by director Christine Edwards. On iTunes you can find the following description; “After her parents die suddenly just as she is about to go to music college, Naomi is drawn to Raphael, a quiet and enigmatic stranger. However, Raphael is not what he seems – he is a fallen angel. Their friendship draws the attention of a gang of fallen angels that Raphael abandoned, including his brother Demeteri who is intent on finishing what he started 800 years ago – destroying Raphael! Meanwhile, the other angels are working on infiltrating the biggest gang in London so that they can rule the city and bring destruction to a world they hate. ‘Retribution’ is a fantastic adventure where not all angels are good.”

Edwards has made several other films and won the Best Film award at the Portobello film festival in 2008 for her film Cash and Curry. This film, however, is her first as a director.

The Good

The film includes a cast full of actors who almost all look like they have had a career in modeling at some point. They are all very photogenic. The topic is also one that is not addressed often enough in the Christian film industry, spiritual warfare. There are spots where the acting is decent and the effects and camera work help to make the appropriate mood for a spiritual warfare film.

The Bad

I wish I didn’t have to say bad things about films and I wish I could say more good but I have to be honest. So, despite having what seems like a good looking and even somewhat experienced cast, the film feels and looks like a very small independent film. The story is very hard to follow and the sound doesn’t quite seem right like it’s all ADR (recorded after the fact.)   The story and dialogue really aren’t up to par.

Spiritual Content

The movie is full of spiritual content and addresses the fact that yes there are fallen angels as well as good angels. However, much of what is addressed is not theologically correct as far as what the Bible says about angels and demons.

Take Away

It’s a film to make you think about the reality of spiritual warfare that the Bible talks about in Ephesians 6:12

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

The film is hard to watch at times and hard to follow. I hope the director matures as a filmmaker and goes on to bring more films on this topic.

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