I wasn’t going to see it because it’s rated R, but then I saw the ad for it on Crosswalk.com and I changed my mind. It’s rated R for violence. It’s a war movie there’s a lot of action, shooting and yes, killing. But it’s worth it.
Mexico, 1926-29 – President Plutarco Elias Calles, played by Ruben Blades, an atheist, basically persecuted Catholics. Foreign priests were deported, some were killed and churches were closed. This led to a grassroots counter-revolution led by the faithful called “Cristeros.”
I wrote about the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire and I’m aware of the current persecution of Christian around the world, but I didn’t know about the Cristero War also known as “La Cristiada.” The tough part of persecution and religious revolution are the martyrs.
Would you die for your faith?
Back in the Roman Empire, a Christian would be spared if they renounced Jesus Christ and sacrificed, prayed to or burned incense to one of the gods or the emperor. But a true believer would never do that. They would die for their faith.
The cry of the Cristeros was “Vive Cristo Rey!” “Jesus, the King, Lives!” One faithful, little boy, Jose, played brilliantly by young newcomer Mauricio Kuri, when captured, all he had to do was say, “Death to Jesus” and his life would have been spared.
Andy Garcia plays General Enrique Gorostieta Velarde, a veteran of the Mexican Revolution, a professed atheist married to faithful Tulita (Eva Longoria). Because of his military skills, he’s asked to lead the Cristeros and unite the efforts. His wife asks him how he could fight for something he didn’t believe in and he answered — it’s about freedom.
Young Jose leaves home to join the cause after witnessing the his friend Father Christopher (Peter O’Toole) be martyred by a firing sqad, and becomes an inspiration to the general.
Imagine having your freedom to worship taken away by a tyrannical president. I’m glad this story has been brought to the forefront because Christian persecution is happening right now in the Middle East and other countries.
Again, it is a war movie with some disturbing scenes, but I give it 5-stars. Good acting – I’m sure there’ll be some Oscar nominations here. A dramatic, passionate story of great faith at all costs.
Soli Deo Gloria!
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