I’ve been bouncing around the idea of having Kathryn join me for an episode of Cinematic Doctrine for quite some time, and finally, a year since creating the podcast, the two of us have settled on a film to review together. Samson, or any Pureflix film for that matter, was not necessarily a film we ever thought we would jump on for this opportunity, but as you will hear later in the episode, the timing was surprisingly perfect. And with Samson streaming on Netflix, it only made sense for us to give it a go.
Within this episode, we open with why we watched Samson of all things, followed by our general thoughts regarding the film. As one would suspect, we conveniently transition into discussing whether Pureflix’s Samson is biblically accurate, and how we feel about the film’s handling of the material. Not only that, but we also head into a discussion about the difficulty of adapting anything historical, let-alone biblical, and what can cause a biopic or historical adaption to risk bearing false witness. And lastly, as one can suspect, when discussing anything Pureflix, the two of us share our candid thoughts regarding the self-proclaimed wholesome and Christian film production company, and how their mission, as well as their subsidiary QualityFlix, may not be coming from a position of moral decency but actually capitalistic opportunity.
Samson is Rated PG-13 for violence and battle sequences. It features Taylor James, Caitlin Leahy, Billy Zane, Jackson Rathbone, Rutger Hauer, Lindsay Wagner, and Greg Kriek. Directed by Bruce MacDonald.
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Melvin Benson is the Founder, Executive Editor, and Lead Host of Cinematic Doctrine. He’s written fiction and nonfiction for over a decade with short stories featured on the Creepypasta Wiki and Wattpad. His novelette Ethereal Temptation, a teen drama with a tinge of magical-realism, can be read for free here. His hope is to see King Jesus glorified as far as the east is from the west!