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DESTINATION MARFA

"An Undeveloped Allegory About Our Final Destination"

Content: -2 Discretion advised for adults.
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What You Need To Know:

DESTINATION MARFA is a supernatural drama about four friends traveling home with a mysterious hitchhiker after a weekend trip. They stumble upon Marfa, a small and strange town. They begin to experience paranormal, spiritual events happening, from bodiless voices to gypsies appearing to tell them their fate. The four friends must unravel the mystery of Marfa while discussing what their future may hold.

DESTINATION MARFA is a beautifully-shot movie, yet the writing, plot and directing leaves much to be desired. Also, the story is sometimes confusing and stifled. DESTINATION MARFA has a light, slightly allegorical, but undeveloped, Christian worldview. For example, there are some Christian symbols in reference to a Day of the Dead celebration and references to judgment and to dead people “moving on” from Purgatory. However, the movie doesn’t develop any of these things into a consistent theology. DESTINATION MARFA also contains some occult elements, including references to witchcraft, fortune telling and Tarot card readings. It turns out, however, that the messages from a fortune telling toy in DESTINATION MARFA have been faked. Even so, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong or extreme caution.

Content:

(C, B, FR, OO, L, V, S, N, AA, D, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Light and slightly allegorical, but undeveloped, Christian worldview in supernatural drama includes some Christian symbolism in references to a Day of the Dead celebration (such as a man has a temporary Cross tattoo on his forehead), and some light positive elements such as loyalty and forgiveness, but some undeveloped references to Purgatory (considered a false doctrine by Protestants), plus multiple themes and references to occultism, including witchcraft, fortune telling and Tarot readings, but it turns out the fortune telling messages from a fortune telling toy have been faked to fool people or warn them

Foul Language:
Two obscenities and three profanities

Violence:
Brief blood shown after a car crash

Sex:
Brief innuendos and jokes about stripping

Nudity:
Brief upper male nudity

Alcohol Use:
Alcohol use and drinking and driving occurs, which is rebuked, but people suffer consequences for that

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
Brief smoking but no drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
A character in Purgatory afraid to “move on” and receive judgment wants to keep people in Purgatory.

More Detail:

DESTINATION MARFA is a supernatural drama about four people who drive to Marfa, Texas with a hitchhiker and encounter strange events in the town. The plot, writing and directing in DESTINATION MARFA don’t match the quality of the cinematography and natural sets, and the movie has a light, allegorical, but undeveloped, Christian worldview with references to Purgatory and the spirits of people trapped there, plus references to occult practices such as witchcraft, fortune telling and Tarot card readings.

The movie follows four friends traveling home from a long weekend at a Texas cookoff. They stop momentarily at a roadside gas station, where they encounter a mysterious man named Vincent. The gas station has a “fortune telling” toy that gives yes or no answers to questions. Allie, one of the four, takes a fortune, but becomes distracted and doesn’t open it.

The people take Vincent with them to Marfa, Texas. Upon arriving, they immediately notice the strange occurrences in the town. Despite their misgivings, the group decides to stay the night to visit the famous Marfa Lights, balls of yellow-orange, red, blue, and green lights that sometimes appear in the desert countryside. The group begins to experience paranormal and spiritual events happening, from bodiless voices to gypsies appearing to tell them their fate. They attribute the oddities to witchcraft and begin to look for a way out of Marfa. Will they be able to discover the secrets that Marfa holds?

DESTINATION MARFA is a beautifully shot movie that may dazzle viewers with its expertly lit shots and superb natural sets. Sadly, the plot, writing and directing don’t match the quality of the cinematography and sets. Also, the story is sometimes confusing and stifled.

DESTINATION MARFA has a light, slightly allegorical, but undeveloped Christian worldview. For example, there are some Christian symbols in reference to a Day of the Dead celebration and references to dead people “moving on” from Purgatory. There’s also a reference to final judgment. However, the movie doesn’t develop any of these things into a consistent theology. DESTINATION MARFA also contains brief off-color jokes and some occult elements, including references to witchcraft, fortune telling and Tarot card readings. It turns out, however, that the messages in the fortune telling toy in the beginning of DESTINATION MARFA have been faked. Even so, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong or extreme caution.