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THE LAST SERMON

"Powerful Topic Meets Flawed Execution"

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

THE LAST SERMON is a documentary movie made by and featuring two filmmakers and independent journalists. They survived a 2003 suicide bombing attack in Tel Aviv, Israel. Fourteen years later, the two travel across Europe and the Middle East to understand the roots of Islamic extremism and the current Muslim refugee crisis. As their documentary continues, the Muslim terror attack in Manchester, England in 2017 happens, and the two men are reinvigorated to end terrorism.

THE LAST SERMON tries to explore the tensions caused by Muslim radicals around the world. The movie contains some honest and human interviews. The two filmmakers approach people with compassion and understanding. The movie provides an inside look at the Middle East and the refugee crisis most don’t see. It also promotes peace and biblical care for refugees. However, the documentary ultimately fails to communicate much that is of value. In the end, the filmmakers falsely equate the God of the Quran with the God of the Bible. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.

Content:

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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong mixed pagan worldview in documentary trying to understand Islamic terrorism and the Muslim refugee crisis in Israel and the Middle, with some strong false theology such as filmmakers eventually equate the God of the Quran with the God of the Bible, combined with some moral elements such as promoting peace and biblical care for refugees and some references to one filmmaker’s conversion to Christianity and some truths are shared through street evangelism, but the one filmmaker’s religious faith ultimately doesn’t play much of a role in the movie otherwise

Foul Language:
No obscenities and one muffled use of a strong GD profanity

Violence:
The documentary is centered around terrorism, many mentions of suicide bombings and terrorist attacks, with some archival footage of the aftermath of a terrorist attack

Sex:
No sex

Nudity:
No nudity Alcohol Use/Abuse: No alcohol

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
Men are seen smoking throughout, but no drug content or references; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Nothing else objectionable.

More Detail:

THE LAST SERMON is a documentary that follows two filmmakers, survivors of a Muslim terror attack, who travel across Europe to uncover the truth about Islam and terrorism. Visiting refugee camps and mosques, they encounter dynamic characters and healing music, while an unexpected tragedy invigorates their quest.

THE LAST SERMON opens with news reports and imagery on the suicide bombers attack on Mike’s Place music bar on April 30, 2003 in Tel Aviv, Israel. At the time of the attack, Jack Baxter and Joshua Faudem are working on a movie. Jack is seriously injured in the attack but survives and maintains that Islam isn’t violent but that radical Muslim’s should be brought to justice.

Fourteen years later, Baxter and Joshua set out on a journey to uncover the truth about the refugee crisis, Islam and terrorism, which plagues our world today. In a brief vignette, the movie covers Baxter’s conversion to Christianity and spirituality. The two filmmakers begin an investigation to find family members of one of the suicide bombers who survived the bar’s attack in 2003.

Baxter, a musician, visits various refugee camps across Europe and speaks to many musicians along the way. He’s gifted a harmonica by a Palestinian musician who’s famous among the refugees. He tells Baxter to take it with him on his journey.

After visiting several refugee camps and relief organizations in Paris, Hungary and Germany, Baxter and his team receive news of a new terrorist attack in Manchester, which kills 22 people. This motivates the team even more, and Baxter questions his own faith in the face of tragedy, hope and music. The movie is informative in many ways and hearing from the refugees and various religious leaders is genuinely interesting, but the movie fails to capitalize significantly on Baxter’s own Christian faith.

THE LAST SERMON makes an effort to explore the tensions caused by radical Muslims around the world. The movie contains some honest and human interviews. For the most part, the two filmmakers approach people with compassion and understanding. The movie provides an inside look at the Middle East and the refugee crisis most people don’t see, which is admirable. It also promotes peace and biblical care for refugees. However, the documentary ultimately lacks substance and fails to communicate much of value in the end. Eventually, the filmmakers falsely equate the God of the Quran with the God of the Bible. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.