"Where Sin Abounds"
ADAM’S APPLES opens by discussing the war between good and evil. ADAM’S APPLES is set at a church in the country in Denmark that takes in prisoners after they have been released to help them adjust to life on the outside. The movie is a very strong supernatural allegory that focuses mostly on sin, but gives the audience only one way out, and that is God’s grace.
The movie opens with Adam, a skinhead Neo-Nazi getting off the bus. As the bus drives off, he takes a knife to scrape the whole side of the bus. This man is bad. When Pastor Ivan meets him, Adam is confronted by Ivan’s grace, joy, compassion, and seemingly oblivious attitude toward anything bad. Ivan seems to be a character straight out of Voltaire, who portrayed Christians as being hopelessly in denial and optimistic. Ivan asks Adam what he would like his project to be at the church, where they all live. Adam cynically decides he’s going to bake an apple pie. Ivan is delighted and gives him charge over the apple tree, which is soon attacked by crows and worms. As the tree rots, Adam makes it a point of trying to destroy Ivan.
Another prisoner at the church is a Pakistani who has been robbing state oil gas stations to attack the West. The Pakistani takes pleasure in shooting crows and other animals. When a group of Neo-Nazis show up, the Pakistani maniacally starts shooting the Neo-Nazis and keeps saying things like, “Your shoulder stresses me, your back stresses me, the crows stress me.” Another obese criminal is a glutton and an alcoholic who eventually rapes off-screen a bedraggled homeless woman pregnant out of wedlock. The doctor tells Adam that Ivan’s father used to rape him raw when he was little until the father was hauled away. Ivan’s wife committed suicide after she gave birth a severely handicapped child with multiple sclerosis who is a vegetable for all practical purposes. Ivan also has a gigantic brain tumor and is dying of cancer. Ivan says that these things are all tests from the Devil. He seems to see a spiritual reality beyond the facts.
As Adam prepares to destroy Ivan, the Bible keeps falling open at the book of Job. The doctor tells Adam that he can kill Ivan by making him accept the truth. Adam’s goal is to get Ivan to deny God and to say that it’s not the Devil but the evil God that is attacking him. Just when all seems to be lost, miraculous supernatural grace starts to abound.
ADAM’S APPLES is a lesson in sin. It is a metaphor for a society that has rejected Jesus Christ. It inexorably shows the evil of each one of the Non-Christian philosophies shown in the story that represent the philosophies of our age. Just when it looks like evil has triumphed, God shows up. Ivan of course is a Holy Fool, a Christ figure.
The problem is that, although this movie points to the truth to refute evil, it is full of so many vile acts of obscenity and cruelty that it is almost unwatchable in places. It is a vision of Hell on earth where it becomes clear that we are sinners in the hands of an angry God.
The music in ADAM’S APPLES is superb. The acting is very realistic. The pacing is European and not American. Ultimately, the movie seems like a desperate cry for contemporary society. It cannot be recommended without extreme caution for people with faith and values, but we pray that the people who are lost who will see this movie would come away understanding its conclusion that the only answer for the world’s problems is Jesus Christ.
(CC, B, So, Ab, H, FR, Pa, LLL, VVV, SS, N, AA, DD, MM) Strong portrait of a violent, cruel, evil world that has rejected God with a strong miraculous redemptive ending, strong Christian images, allegorical images of sin throughout, plus various sinful philosophies and religions are portrayed, including an evil neo-Nazi who removes cross and erects picture of Hitler and beats up a pastor, a humanist doctor, a crazy Muslim, and a glutinous existentialist; at least 45 obscenities, most of which are the F word; extreme violence building from shooting a cat, beating a pastor and breaking his nose, beating another criminal who has sanctuary at a church, head butting a pastor, causing a pastor to bleed through the ears and for all practical purposes die, shooting several men at close range in the torso, shooting pastor through his left eye with head exploding; suggested but not shown sex, graphic discussions of sex, discussions of boy and sister being raped by father, and vile sexual images articulated by doctor; upper male nudity, Neo-Nazi man walks around in bikini underwear; drinking to get drunk; drug mentioned but not shown, smoking consistently rebuked once; and, lying, denial, stealing, strong Nazi beliefs expressed, and picture of Hitler venerated.
ADAM'S APPLES is a Danish movie about Adam, a Neo-Nazi skinhead coming out of prison who's forced to do community service for a church. When Pastor Ivan meets him, Adam is confronted by Ivan's grace, joy, compassion, and oblivious attitude toward evil. Adam is clearly a cruel man. He makes it a point of trying to destroy Ivan, who is dying of cancer and whose wife committed suicide when they had a severely handicapped child. Adam's goal is to get Ivan to deny God and to say that it's not the Devil but the evil God that is attacking him. Just when all seems to be lost, miraculous supernatural grace starts to abound.
ADAM'S APPLES is a lesson in sin. It is a Christian metaphor for a society that has rejected Jesus Christ. Just when it looks like evil has triumphed, God shows up. Ivan of course is a Holy Fool, a Christ figure. The problem is that, although this movie points to the truth to refute evil, it is full of so many vile acts of obscenity and cruelty that it is almost unwatchable in places. Therefore, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.