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THE VISITATION
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Reviewed by: JimmyO

Directed by: Robby Henson

Starring:
Martin Donovan
Kelly Lynch
Edward Furlong

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
When a mysterious drifter arrives into the small town of Antioch, miracles begin to happen. But ex-minister Travis Jordan suspects the stranger may not be heaven sent.
Is it good movie?
Do you like religious movies? No… not The Exorcist religious. I’m talking about movies made to teach the word of God. If you do, you may really dig this flick. This felt like a “movie of the week” on PAX. Albeit this is a very well made religious film but I get the feeling the people behind this movie want to make sure you believe in Jesus. And there is nothing wrong with that necessarily. But as a “horror” movie (or thriller if you like) it really didn’t work. Everything looked good here. I loved the atmosphere it was creepy enough when it needed to be. But with the script I wasn’t terribly moved. There is nothing new here. Some dude who looks like Jesus comes around and some good old-fashioned healing happens. But nothing lasts forever. And when things start to get interesting by the last half hour I just felt it was a little too late. I remember seeing a very similar The X-Files episode which worked much better than this. Why? Because I didn’t feel like I was being preached to. I did here.

But something did work here, and it worked very well. The cast was terrific. Martin Donovan as the ex-minister was very believable (as usual). He has to be one of the most underrated actors around. This guy is always top-notch and he works wonders here. And then there is Kelly Lynch as a veterinarian who is drawn into the mystery. Kelly is a wonderful actress who also happens to be pretty damn underrated as well and she and Mr. Donovan are perfect together. And let me tell ya', Ms. Lynch is still really friggin’ hot. These two actors kept me anchored all the way through, even when the story seemed to drag. And finally, we get Edward Furlong as the is he or isn’t he savior. He is pretty good here. I especially dug him in the last half hour of the film. The dude is good when he gets creepy.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen 1.78:1 but this is a dual disc and you can watch it in true TV Movie form in Full Screen.

Audio: 5.1 Dolby Surround worked very well. It all looked and sounded good.
The Extras
I guess Jesus doesn't need extras. All we get is one trailer for The End of the Spear.
Last Call
The Visitation is decent for a religious movie of the week, nothing more nothing less. Robby Henson has directed a well made yet slightly overzealous attempt at a thriller meant to inspire faith. But if I’m going to watch a thriller, I want to be scared or disturbed. I don’t want to be preached too and in the end that is what I felt was happening. Thankfully, Martin Donovan, Kelly Lynch and Edward Furlong kept me hooked so it didn't feel like a complete waste of time. Hallelujah! Can I get an Amen? Amen!
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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