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4.0 out of 5 stars Church does not equal religion., 22 Jan. 2002
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This review is from: The Body [2001] [DVD] (DVD)
In this entertaining thriller, a skeleton is discovered when a shop-owner decides to build a basement. An archeologist is called in and thinks she might have discovered something that could profoundly affect Christianity as we know it.
The plot itself is an interesting one, and the execution is quite skillfull. For me, what this story really means to bring out is that the foundations on which the Vatican has built its sphere of influence are fragile. Those who do not wish to see another side to the Church and its interpretation of faith and religion should not watch this movie, for it hints that in order to protect its position, the Church would be willing to destroy that very thing it claims to protect. Sometimes, the sacrifice does not justify the result.
The really impressive thing about this film is the way in which the underlying tensions are made clear when findings of religious importance turn up in an area that is at the very heart of many faiths. The different conclusions drawn by the various groups and the way in which they go about protecting their interests offers an insight into why world peace is still a long way off.
All in all, I found this film thought-provoking and entertaining and I would recommend watching it, especially because it offers a good basis for an evening of philosophical debate.
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