A family-friendly movie about early Church martyrs! Is it worth watching?

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Polycarp review - Indy Christian Review

  • Erik Oberg

    In answer to the end question, the pre-Romanised Celtic church throughout much of Britain. There was a strong emphasis on community while on the whole valuing religious freedom for all, even when some people disagreed. It was the roots and mindset of these Celtic Christians that brought about some of the most important monasteries that ended up saving much of history and, arguably, civilisation. Much of the historical and religious knowledge we have today, we owe to the Celts for preserving.

  • Jarod O’Flaherty

    My Review of the Indy Christian Review:

    – The introductory short was brilliant! The acting was solid and the dramatic reveal of ‘Zack’ was a great way to open the season. One can only hope that he has the time and energy to do more shorts like this in future episodes. The tie in of the auctioneer theme from Polycarp brought it all together nicely. I just wish the $20 girl had a more significant role before she was bullied out of the way by a deep pocket bidder!

    – The review of Polycarp became a tad wordy in the middle where I started to lose interest. At one point I checked the time left on the video to see how long it was going to be. This could be in part due to the fact that the Polycarp story line did not interest me much from what I was hearing. I was drawn back in when he critiqued the use of CGI that I had noticed already from the clips.

    – Adding the new ratings scale to the reviews is a terrific new twist. It provides the viewer with a more in-depth understanding of what areas of the film are strong and which ones are weaker. Based on the clips included in the review, I had Polycarp at about a 3. However, when Zack gave it a 5, it made me give additional thought to actually seeing the film. I mean, 5 is the highest, so this must be a REALLY GOOD movie! One can only hope that in the future he will not be “too generous” when rating films that reflect his personal tastes while being stingy on the films that do not (Good luck End Times movies!).

    – He seems to be taking a more professional approach to the reviews this season with the new introduction (minus the characters) and the generic presentation style. However, the slightly wrinkled solid color backdrop, the hat, and the intro short stay true to his roots of keeping “Indie” in Indy Christian Review.

    We’ll have to see in Episode Two which trends will remain and which ones were specials for the season premiere.

    Episode 1 Rating: 4 of 5

  • Anytime prior to Constantine… Yeah, I know the Edict of Milan was important and the reason we stopped being killed for spectacle, (which can and has spawned many an essay that detail) but he began the practice of having the state meddle in the affairs of faith and giving state sanction to the Church, which has undoubtedly corrupted it.
    BTW I really love the films Quo Vadis and The Robe, which are also about martyrs, but done by major studios. (back when it was the only way for Hollywood to put the Communist hysteria to rest)

  • Ty Millar

    Zack, it was interesting that your favourite time period is the 1st and 2nd century. Mine would be the horse and carriage time frame 16/1800’s (Christian Reformation). And probably when the early vikings discovered Newfoundland, Canada as depicted in movie valhalla rising (which, is not a family film).
    Zack maybe you could consider an [Other section] in your ratings at the end of each video, where you tell us about misuse of words (deities) or of any kissing that you think is deserving for the audience to know about. Thanks for the movie reviews.

  • Sandra

    Great movie! Gary Nelson plays a good Polycarp, and as an actor and gentleman I really admire him.

  • Kailey

    In response to the question, I agree that the early centuries of Christianity were the most Christian times. I believe that this is due to two things: their proximity (in time) to Christ – Polycarp was taught and ordained by the apostle John, for instance – and the persecutions. The blood of the martyrs is the seat of the Church (though I can’t for the life of me remember where that comes from, does anyone else know?) and the stronger the adversity, the stronger the faith. The worst time for the Church, which I believe to be about the 15th-17th centuries, came about because the Church was at the height of its political power, and had been for some time. It had not faced true adversity like those in the time of Polycarp (at least, not in the West) for such a long time that it had become complacent and proud in the meantime.