Film review: For Greater Glory

posted at 1:01 pm on June 10, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

For Greater Glory tells the story of the Mexican government’s attempt to stamp out the Catholic Church under President Calles (played by Ruben Blades), and the uprising that followed, a civil war that killed 90,000 people. Calles attempted to enforce the anti-clerical laws put into Mexico’s 1917 socialist Constitution by demanding the expulsion of foreign priests, banning public demonstrations of faith (including the wearing of clerical garb), and making criticism of the government by priests punishable by five years in prison. A boycott organized by the Catholic Church prompted Calles to get even tougher, and open war broke out. Enrique Gorostieta (Andy Garcia), a general who had fought for the winning side in the revolution, chose to lead the Cristero rebellion, and the film focuses mainly on Gorostieta, two of his lieutenants, and a young boy named Jose Sanchez del Rio, who was later beatified by the Catholic Church.

Back in March, I was fortunate enough to see a rough cut of the film, and wrote a semi-official review at the time (from which I borrowed the synopsis above) with the caveat that I would wait to see the theatrical release.  Last night, my wife and I saw it in its limited Twin Cities release, and the final cut has significantly improved the narrative flow of the film. One of the few areas of concern I had from the rough cut was the difficulty in following the constant shifting between subplots in the first half of the film, and some ambiguity about the intent in some scenes.  Those problems were resolved nicely, with additional footage in some areas and smoother transitions throughout.

The cast does a terrific job in bringing the historical figures to life.  Mauricio Kuri delivers a heartwrenching performance as Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio, later beatified and canonized by the Catholic Church as a martyr.  Garcia is every bit as good, while Blades gives a nuanced and effective performance as Calles.  Santiago Cabrera presents Father Vega as a terribly conflicted priest/general who is at times unable to face those contradictions honestly, but retains his humanity and his faith to the very end.  We don’t get to see enough of Eduardo Verastegui plays another canonized martyr, Anacleto Gonzales Flores, but what we do see of the Verastegui’s performance of the man who tried to fight Calles without force is impressive.  Eva Longoria gets top billing but doesn’t get a lot of screen time, but has a couple of key scenes with Garcia that frames the conflicting tensions between Gorostieta’s estrangement from the Catholic Church and his desire for absolute liberty.  Oscar Isaac is especially good as Victoriano “El Catorce” Ramirez, and provides both humor and tragedy.

When we went to the theater last night, I was pleasantly surprised to find a half-full theater.  By the end, we could hear audience members crying behind us, which started in earnest with the martyrdom of Jose, a difficult scene which recalls Braveheart in some aspects, as does the rest of the film.  No one left the theater until the credits were almost finished, and almost everyone stuck around all the way to the end.  People barely spoke until they got out to the hallway outside the theater. That was a testimony to the power of For Greater Glory.

Like most good historical films, For Greater Glory challenges the audience to consider the meaning of history and the conflicts involved rather than just give a rote retelling.  The scenes between Garcia and Cabrera are especially good, as they touch on the very nature of faith and the conflict between faith and the fallen world.  What does it mean to serve God?  Can great good eventually come out of great evil, and if so, why?  How does one serve God in evil times, or even in merely contentious times?  Is religion a pastime for Sundays, or a way of life for every moment of our lives?  The film doesn’t provide the answers as much as it shows the main characters struggling with the questions, and actors such as Garcia, Cabrera, Kuri, and Verastegui provide vibrant  performances to spark contemplation of these questions among the viewers. That alone makes it worthwhile for me, but it’s a gripping film regardless.

I’d highly recommend seeing this in the theater — now, before it gets pushed off screens for more summer blockbusters.  For Greater Glory is rated R for violence.  It’s too intense for younger children.  Older teenagers would probably be able to handle it, although the realistic nature and history of the violence puts it on a level that may make them very uncomfortable.


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I need to go see this. Maybe this week…

OmahaConservative on June 10, 2012 at 1:05 PM

…repeat?

KOOLAID2 on June 10, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Wow! I have tears just watching and reading your synopsis.

Bambi on June 10, 2012 at 1:08 PM

…repeat?

KOOLAID2 on June 10, 2012 at 1:05 PM

From today’s post–>>>>

Back in March, I was fortunate enough to see a rough cut of the film, and wrote a semi-official review at the time (from which I borrowed the synopsis above) with the caveat that I would wait to see the theatrical release.

CW on June 10, 2012 at 1:10 PM

I look forward to seeing this!

dogsoldier on June 10, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Can great good eventually come out of great evil, and if so, why?

It can if those who live in those times and in those places have the faith and the courage to make it happen.
At some point soon, we will all be called to stand up in the most direct and hazardous ways. It is at those moments when we remember that courage is the virtue that makes all the others possible.
Rest assured and prepare. Our time is coming as well, too.

Lew on June 10, 2012 at 1:27 PM

A Catholic propaganda film depicting a man as evil merely for enforcing his country’s constitution. I’ll pass.

Armin Tamzarian on June 10, 2012 at 1:36 PM

I saw this Thursday night. It was well-worth paying the non-matinee price. The acting was excellent and the story was gripping. Made me realize how little I know about Mexican history, which is surprising given that I grew up and went to school in California. My husband is from Chicago and he remembers his friends’ families kept pictures of the Cristero heroes in their household shrines. He never realized the true meaning.

P.S. The left-wing, anti-religious media in CA despises this movie. No surprise.

Kalifornia Kafir on June 10, 2012 at 1:39 PM

A Catholic propaganda film depicting a man as evil merely for enforcing his country’s constitution. I’ll pass.

Armin Tamzarian on June 10, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Lol!

KMC1 on June 10, 2012 at 1:43 PM

If we replace the word ‘Catholic’ with ‘Islamic’, do we have the same feelings for the film?

faraway on June 10, 2012 at 1:44 PM

A Catholic propaganda film depicting a man as evil merely for enforcing his country’s constitution. I’ll pass.

Armin Tamzarian on June 10, 2012 at 1:36 PM

O_O

Propaganda is what’s on 60 Minutes and what you read in the New York Times…

Seven Percent Solution on June 10, 2012 at 1:46 PM

depicting a man as evil merely for enforcing his country’s constitution

Well, no, depicting the evil LENGTHS the man went to to enforce a constitution that sucked. But I have great news for you, Cuba has a similar constitution with similar ‘leadership’ and you might be a lot happier there. Door, a$$, etc.

Eren on June 10, 2012 at 1:47 PM

I saw this the day it opened and went through several tissues before it was over. I am a cradle Catholic yet never had heard of this war. I found the film particularly inspiring since it brought home that religious freedom is precious, and that small steps (like the HHS mandate) and rapidly escalate to big steps and even violence. I rarely want to watch a film more than once, but I think I would like to see this one again. I hope it does well to encourage film makers to make more films like this.

lukjuj on June 10, 2012 at 1:47 PM

A Catholic propaganda film depicting a man as evil merely for enforcing his country’s constitution. I’ll pass.

Armin Tamzarian on June 10, 2012 at 1:36 PM

An ignoramus who dispenses judgement on a film he hasn’t seen. I’ll pass.

The Evil Doctor K on June 10, 2012 at 1:47 PM

One of the most powerful movies I have seen in a long time. There where only about a dozen people in the theater when I went to see it. Not surprisingly in this American Idol culture (with an American Idol president) in which we live. This movie presents a sound exposition of the meaning of martyrdom.
The Obama administration’s attack on Catholicism and Christianity might not get quit this bad, but make no mistake, the time is coming for believers to be counted, and suffer for it.

neuquenguy on June 10, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Going to Israel first but this is on my radar screen upon my return…..

crosshugger on June 10, 2012 at 1:50 PM

A Catholic propaganda film depicting a man as evil merely for enforcing his country’s constitution. I’ll pass.

Armin Tamzarian on June 10, 2012 at 1:36 PM

The same thing could be said for many governments/conflicts throughout history. It is pretty easy to resolve. If the law/constitution is evil/wrong then enforcing it is evil/wrong and opposing it with force if necessary is food/right.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)

Dawnsblood on June 10, 2012 at 1:53 PM

A Catholic propaganda film depicting a man as evil merely for enforcing his country’s constitution. I’ll pass.

Armin Tamzarian on June 10, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Hey, lamebrain! You forgot the sarc tag,

SagebrushPuppet on June 10, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Amen to the fact that the days are coming when we will suffer for our faith. The persecuted and the martyrs in other countries have been suffering for years. We ain’t seen nothing yet although this administration is trying…Would not be a bit surprised if the godfather of the left (georgie soros) isn’t the funder of attacks on Christianity. I see evil when I look at him and read about what he has done……….

crosshugger on June 10, 2012 at 1:55 PM

The same thing could be said for many governments/conflicts throughout history. It is pretty easy to resolve. If the law/constitution is evil/wrong then enforcing it is evil/wrong and opposing it with force if necessary is food/right.

So if the Catholic Church doesn’t always gets its way, violent retaliation is justified.

Yup, that sounds like the Church’s M.O., alright.

Armin Tamzarian on June 10, 2012 at 1:56 PM

.. banning public demonstrations of faith (including the wearing of clerical garb), and making criticism of the government by priests punishable by five years in prison.

…JugEars last election!…four more years…flexibility!

KOOLAID2 on June 10, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Armin Tamzarian on June 10, 2012 at 1:56 PM

This must be a good post. The trolls are coming out.

22044 on June 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Armin Tamzarian on June 10, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Hey, lamebrain! You forgot the sarc tag,

SagebrushPuppet on June 10, 2012 at 1:54 PM

…no!…right on your first statement…wrong on the second!

KOOLAID2 on June 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM

So if the Catholic Church doesn’t always gets its way, violent retaliation is justified.

Yup, that sounds like the Church’s M.O., alright.

Armin Tamzarian on June 10, 2012 at 1:56 PM

You are totally ignorant of the history here (about the Mexican constitution, about Calles, about the anticlerical provisions, about the murder of priests at the hands of the government, etc.). Try reading a book once in a while instead of spewing viscerally about that of which you know nothing.

steebo77 on June 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Not a centavo for Obama national re-election campaign co-chair Longoria.

Christien on June 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

If we replace the word ‘Catholic’ with ‘Islamic’, do we have the same feelings for the film?

faraway on June 10, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Looking at the history of islam, from it’s start to today, they treat Christians, all other faiths actually, far worse than the government did in the film.

Rebar on June 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

faraway on June 10, 2012 at 1:44 PM

I guess only if you think the religions and the regimes are comparable.

Cindy Munford on June 10, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Ed, thanks for the review of this movie! As it so happens, a full page spread of this movie was in today’s church bulletin. Our local church is heavily promoting the seeing of this film as several Cristero martyrs were Knights of Columbus, including a priest. I am going to make every attempt for our family to see this movie.

Also, our church now has a communal prayer for religious liberty at the end of every mass, as requested by Alabama’s Bishop Baker. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen the Catholic church be so openly political as it now is. The Cathlolic church is in open war with the Obama administration–buyer’s remorse for sure.

KickandSwimMom on June 10, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Oh, I forgot to add that another reason I want to see this movie is that I adore Andy Garcia. :)

KickandSwimMom on June 10, 2012 at 2:28 PM

I don’t believe I’ve ever seen the Catholic church be so openly political as it now is. The Cathlolic church is in open war with the Obama administration–buyer’s remorse for sure.

KickandSwimMom on June 10, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Yet 0bama will still get a lot of Catholic voters again…

OmahaConservative on June 10, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Not a centavo for Obama national re-election campaign co-chair Longoria.

Christien on June 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Well, you never know. Maybe working on this film will help change her point of view.

*Snort!* *Guffaw!* Yeah, right! What am I thinking?

SagebrushPuppet on June 10, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Billie Bob Thornton recently said it was difficult to get adult dramas made in Hollywood these days. Maybe because in order for them to be believable they have to deal honestly with life’s more important questions. That, and the writers have to actually be familiar with what those questions are?

Cleombrotus on June 10, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Yet 0bama will still get a lot of Catholic voters again…

OmahaConservative on June 10, 2012 at 2:29 PM

More accurately, the vote of those who call themselves Catholic for ethnic or cultural reasons, not because they are actual practical Catholics or have much affinity with Catholic teaching.

neuquenguy on June 10, 2012 at 2:44 PM

OMG:

A Catholic propaganda film depicting a man as evil merely for enforcing his country’s constitution. I’ll pass.

Armin Tamzarian on June 10, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Damn, you would have made a great Nazi.

“I was simply following orders, mein herr . . . “

BigAlSouth on June 10, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Oh, Eva Longoria…

MeatHeadinCA on June 10, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Has the Vatican spokeswoman Pelosi commented, yet?

MeatHeadinCA on June 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

So if the Catholic Church doesn’t always gets its way, violent retaliation is justified.

Yup, that sounds like the Church’s M.O., alright.

Armin Tamzarian on June 10, 2012 at 1:56 PM

what we do see of the Verastegui’s performance of the man who tried to fight Calles without force is impressive.

How does one deal with the willfully ignorant? You try to point them onto the right path, and if they still refuse you shake the dust from your shoes and move on.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on June 10, 2012 at 3:18 PM

We saw this movie Friday night here in San Diego. The theater was about 3/4 full. We are not even Catholic and we were deeply moved by this movie — because you don’t have to be a Catholic to see what religious persecution in recent times had wrought on good people who were forced by their government to eschew their religion and their religious beliefs (present day Islamic Terrorism aside).

And, yet once again — Rotten Tomatoes forsakes TRUTH for the sake of POLITICAL CORRECTNESS and their so-called ‘critics’ with an agenda view the movie with a JAUNDICED EYE and reviewed the movie with a JAUNDICED TONGUE.

BUT — The audience cannot and will not be fooled and as such it is duly noted by a great many reviewers that For Greater Glory does not get the credit it deserves.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics: 18% Positive
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Viewers: 84% Positive

FlatFoot on June 10, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Yet 0bama will still get a lot of Catholic voters again…

OmahaConservative on June 10, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Correction, Obama will get a lot of voters that pretend to be Catholics–some of them may be priests nuns, and bishops, but imperfection in God’s church started with His hand picked apostle Judas-nothing new under the sun. There will be a day of reckoning.

Don L on June 10, 2012 at 3:52 PM

I saw For Greater Glory a couple of weeks ago and loved it!

But imagine my shock this morning when I read uber-Democrat Former San Francisco Mayor and Former Speaker of the California State Assembly, Willie Brown’s recommendation to go see For Greater Glory in this morning’s San Francisco Chronicle…

Movie time: I got an e-mail from a guy who reads the column down in Los Angeles urging me to see “For Greater Glory,” about the 1920s uprising by persecuted Catholics against the Mexican government.

Normally, I can’t sit through anything over an hour and a half, but this one is really well done, even at 2 1/2 hours. See it soon, because I don’t think it will be around for long.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/06/10/BADS1OUII7.DTL

Wow! Maybe there is hope that San Francisco liberals might learn a thing or two about religious freedom and Socialism, if they follow Willie’s advice and go to see this wonderful movie.

If anybody spots Nancy Pelosi at the movie theater, please let us all know!

wren on June 10, 2012 at 4:00 PM

If we replace the word ‘Catholic’ with ‘Islamic’, do we have the same feelings for the film?

faraway on June 10, 2012 at 1:44 PM

No.

trigon on June 10, 2012 at 4:11 PM

O. K. , Thank God there are people of incredible courage and faith willing to give their lives for religious freedom, after we wake up to find we allowed that freedom to be incrementally stolen. But gosh, wouldn’t it be better if we all stood up before that kind of sacrifice is necessary?
I was glad so many people who (like me) are not Catholic made it to the “Stand Up For Religious Freedom” rally in New Haven, Ct on Friday, June 8. I was especially grateful for the large number of young families who made time to attend. The Hartford Courant is wrong. We had at least 500 people, not 400. But if there is another rally, I hope people smart enough to know why they should stand with us will also choose to be good enough to do so.

ansonia on June 10, 2012 at 4:20 PM

A Catholic propaganda film depicting a man as evil merely for enforcing his country’s constitution. I’ll pass.

Armin Tamzarian on June 10, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Every time I think I have found the dumbest HA poster……..

one even dumber comes along.

Cristero War

On 14 June 1926, President Calles enacted anticlerical legislation known formally as The Law Reforming the Penal Code and unofficially as the Calles Law.[15] His anti-Catholic actions included outlawing religious orders, depriving the Church of property rights and depriving the clergy of civil liberties, including their right to trial by jury (in cases involving anti-clerical laws) and the right to vote.[15][16]_Wiki_

Pathetic. Some people’s bigotry causes them to lose their minds.

CW on June 10, 2012 at 4:21 PM

So if the Catholic Church doesn’t always gets its way, violent retaliation is justified.

Yup, that sounds like the Church’s M.O., alright.

Armin Tamzarian on June 10, 2012 at 1:56 PM

On 14 June 1926, President Calles enacted anticlerical legislation known formally as The Law Reforming the Penal Code and unofficially as the Calles Law.[15] His anti-Catholic actions included outlawing religious orders, depriving the Church of property rights and depriving the clergy of civil liberties, including their right to trial by jury (in cases involving anti-clerical laws) and the right to vote.[15][16]_Wiki_

Imagine in Armin’s world your rights to organize , own property, to a jury trial, and to vote are taken away and he thinks you’re just being childish.

CW on June 10, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Ugh, stupid city I live in isn’t playing it! Closest is 60 miles away…I really want to see this too. Thanks for the review though!

redlucy on June 10, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Ugh, stupid city I live in isn’t playing it! Closest is 60 miles away…I really want to see this too. Thanks for the review though!

redlucy on June 10, 2012 at 4:32 PM

About and hour away? Make a day of it. Hit some sites and dinner.

CW on June 10, 2012 at 4:37 PM

It is chilling that the Obama administration has provided a context for this film to relate so directly to our own time. Also chilling were the comments of Father Andrew Kemberling who provided the invocation at the 2012 Colorado Republican Convention; they are thematically related to The Greater Glory and can be seen: . here.

Mr Mxyzptlk on June 10, 2012 at 4:48 PM

I had the great pleasure of seeing Eduardo Verastegui speak at a screening of his film, Bella, in Nashville a few years ago. Very impressive. His story of conversion back to the Faith is beautiful and inspiring. “God hears the prayers of a mother.” She must be a very happy woman about the turn around of her son. He is a tireless fighter for life and Truth.

He also spoke of the importance of having a conservative Christian presence in the arts. Can’t remember which of the great philosophers he quoted about if you want to change the world, you don’t go into politics, but into the arts. That is where you change hearts and minds.

God bless him and the others doing this work.

pannw on June 10, 2012 at 4:55 PM

About and hour away? Make a day of it. Hit some sites and dinner.

CW on June 10, 2012 at 4:37 PM

That is actually a great idea! My 50th b-day is this week.
My husband keeps asking me what I want and this just might be it…thanks for the idea!

redlucy on June 10, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Is religion a pastime for Sundays, or a way of life for every moment of our lives?

“You know what, I do my religion on Sunday…”

Cristeros 100+
Pelosi 0

AesopFan on June 10, 2012 at 5:22 PM

AesopFan on June 10, 2012 at 5:22 PM

+ 1000

Cleombrotus on June 10, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I just finished looking up the history behind the movie.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cristero_War

Is it fair to say that this is the equivalent of Mel Gibson’s Braveheart or The Patriot? Fine if you want a good stirring rah-rah film, but it’s not history and shouldn’t be mistaken for it?

Thing is, the Cristero War didn’t happen in a vacuum. Consider the following:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-clericalism#Mexico
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Catholicism_in_Mexico#Status_of_the_Catholic_Church_in_Mexico_.281876-1911.29

There was a time when the Catholic Church was the only permitted church in Mexico. Before the Mexican Revolution it was joined at the hip to the previous dictator, Porfirio Diaz. Small wonder that the winning side was down on the Catholic Church when it finally won, and small wonder they wanted to reduce the power and influence of the Catholic church in their nation’s politics.

If the film is ignoring these subtleties and demonizing those who were for a secular Mexico while sanctifying those who were fighting for the Church’s privileges — well, it may be a Braveheart popcorn movie, but it’s not history.

pendell2 on June 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Final comment: I would also be remiss if I didn’t bring up this scripture so long as we’re discussing faith.

“51 With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?””

Matthew 26:51-54.

If we are to canonize and beatify as “martyrs” men who did what Jesus rebuked Peter for .. there’s something wrong with this picture.

pendell2 on June 10, 2012 at 6:10 PM

If we are to canonize and beatify as “martyrs” men who did what Jesus rebuked Peter for .. there’s something wrong with this picture.

pendell2 on June 10, 2012 at 6:10 PM

I guess the histoical value of this film depends on where you get your “history”. Zenit has an historical evaluation that supports the film, it’s theme and history. I tend to lean to this side….


http://www.zenit.org/rssenglish-34874

redlucy on June 10, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Yet 0bama will still get a lot of Catholic voters again…

OmahaConservative on June 10, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Nancy Pelosi Catholicism.

Gladtobehere on June 10, 2012 at 6:33 PM

I saw this in the theater two weeks ago. Well worth it.

VIVA CRISTO REY!

theCork on June 10, 2012 at 6:38 PM

If the film is ignoring these subtleties and demonizing those who were for a secular Mexico while sanctifying those who were fighting for the Church’s privileges — well, it may be a Braveheart popcorn movie, but it’s not history.

pendell2 on June 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM

If atheists are going to make excuses for the 100 million killed in the last century by Marxism (and Mexico’s revolution was at its core Marxist), well, they’re moral monsters.

theCork on June 10, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Good stuff. Very well done Ed. Makes me want to go see the movie right now.

mike_NC9 on June 10, 2012 at 8:05 PM

If we are to canonize and beatify as “martyrs” men who did what Jesus rebuked Peter for .. there’s something wrong with this picture.

pendell2 on June 10, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Didn’t Christ also say to ‘sell your cloak and buy a sword’?
I don’t believe he meant for chopping wood or cutting cakes.

Solaratov on June 10, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Ugh, stupid city I live in isn’t playing it! Closest is 60 miles away…I really want to see this too. Thanks for the review though!

redlucy on June 10, 2012 at 4:32 PM

This film isn’t playing anywhere near where I live either. But I imagine there’ll be a DVD, or it might end up on Netflix. So the filmmakers will be able to get extra revenue later.

Gladtobehere on June 10, 2012 at 8:06 PM

OK Mittens you have your marching orders:

Take your woman to see this movie, make sure she comes out sobbing, and make sure the press is there to take questions, especially about religious freedom.

You…ARE a Mormon right?

You would fight for your religious freedom…right?

Get on it and we can all watch MSDNC go completely bat-sh*t insane with hate.

KirknBurker on June 10, 2012 at 9:06 PM

To bad they couldn’t pull it off, religion is the greatest evil on the face of the earth. It’s slimy lies ruins lives and stunts the potential of humanity with its magical BS. religion is for the scared weak minded stupid and lazy.

Your Mamma loves me on June 10, 2012 at 9:38 PM

To bad they couldn’t pull it off, religion is the greatest evil on the face of the earth. It’s slimy lies ruins lives and stunts the potential of humanity with its magical BS. religion is for the scared weak minded stupid and lazy.

Your Mamma loves me on June 10, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Religion is part of virtually every significant civilization the earth has seen and probably played a role in the civilization process. BTW You should spell it Too bad not “To bad” and my Mamma would not even like you let alone love you.

KW64 on June 10, 2012 at 10:14 PM

To bad they couldn’t pull it off, religion is the greatest evil on the face of the earth. It’s slimy lies ruins lives and stunts the potential of humanity with its magical BS. religion is for the scared weak minded stupid and lazy.

Your Mamma loves me on June 10, 2012 at 9:38 PM

So what is your excuse? The comma key is next to the m key.

HTH

tom daschle concerned on June 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM

the scared weak minded stupid and lazy.

Your Mamma loves me on June 10, 2012 at 9:38 PM

…no need to describe yourself…we know you.

KOOLAID2 on June 10, 2012 at 11:15 PM

pendell2 on June 10, 2012 at 6:10 PM

King James 2000 Bible
John 2:15
“And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;”
John 15:13
“Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

MHatch on June 11, 2012 at 12:44 AM

A bit of history I did not know. I truly can’t imagine a country in the western hemisphere trying to outlaw the Catholic Church.

SC.Charlie on June 11, 2012 at 9:15 AM

pendell2 on June 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Sounds like the excesses that spawned the Mexican Revolution led to the excesses of the new government. ‘Twas ever so. Of course one doesn’t justify the other, but I don’t get the sense from Ed’s review that the film provides much of this historical context.

I’d like to see it, but my wife and I are not big on the graphic violence and vulgarity so common in R-rated movies these days.

MrLynn on June 11, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Re: comment by MrLynn at 9:25 AM
MrLynn,
There is no vulgarity in the movie. The violent scenes wouldn’t contribute to anyone becoming desensitized to the evil of violence. Just the opposite. Go see it.

ansonia on June 11, 2012 at 11:53 AM

A Catholic propaganda film depicting a man as evil merely for enforcing his country’s constitution. I’ll pass.

Armin Tamzarian on June 10, 2012 at 1:36 PM

The Mexican Constitution said they had to kill religious people?

Axion on June 11, 2012 at 1:09 PM

The Mexican Constitution said they had to kill religious people?

Axion on June 11, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Merely” kill them.
Just merely.

connertown on June 11, 2012 at 4:59 PM