"Powerful Topic Meets Flawed Execution"
What You Need To Know:
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.
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.