The Shack

The Shack

DVD - 2017
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After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness.
Publisher: [Canada] :, Entertainment One,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (132 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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circlesquare Sep 01, 2017

This film stayed very true to the book. By portraying God, visually, in unexpected ways, Mac is forced to overcome wrong thinking about the true attributes of God, and God's desires for us. Who does God of the Bible say he is? Very good at making the viewer consider that too.


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Davidf05
Nov 26, 2017

Fluffy Christianity Gospel that is like watching an episode of Touched by an Angel. THe Shack had some good points but it was very watered down like most American Christian churches are today.

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spiritchild
Oct 20, 2017

I had been expecting a different movie based on another book I'd read also about a shack and same time span. BUT I think it is good to get people to think beyond some of those religious written books. Many were written in a different time based on knowledge and of course how certain people needed to control the masses, because that way one could blame it all on the book. This US is better than THEM needs to be wiped away and maybe this gives some direction on that.

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JeffAChristian
Oct 16, 2017

A fictional story, but a great story for anyone having dealt with or currently dealing with loss and asked God, "Why?" Powerful themes on forgiveness and what love can do for us when we let go and just let God. On a personal note, I liked the part where God shows Mack humanity through His own eyes. While it may not be entirely accurate I believe it says a lot about the true heart of the Savior.

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Shellie1_us
Sep 22, 2017

I did not like this movie, and I wanted to like this movie. Beautifully filmed, good actors.

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boykin1959
Sep 07, 2017

I recommend this DVD for anyone who has lost a family member or close friend. Has great messages to help you see God in his truest way. Not a religious film, but an orthodox messages from the holy trinity!
O.K. There are some corny scenes, but you need to look pass them. I so dig the females in this film & especially the parts they play. Woman power!

circlesquare Sep 01, 2017

This film stayed very true to the book. By portraying God, visually, in unexpected ways, Mac is forced to overcome wrong thinking about the true attributes of God, and God's desires for us. Who does God of the Bible say he is? Very good at making the viewer consider that too.

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lisaejones
Sep 01, 2017

I really wanted to see the movie based on previews and it did not disappoint. The moral of the story was clear and I understood what the writer was trying to convey. Whether it's a true story or not, it was very well written (not familiar with the book). I enjoyed the, light-hearted but heavy at the same time, story-telling. I thought the acting was great and the message was received. I guess some people expected something different from the movie since it was portrayed as a movie about God, but it's a movie about God from His perspective and all the misconceptions we have about Him. Anyway, that's what I saw. It's a really good movie.

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Deena_125
Aug 20, 2017

This movie was thought provoking and inspired. When you ask the questions...the answers will come. For me, this movie was an answer to an often prayed prayer. It gave me Peace.

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polywoggle
Aug 16, 2017

Poor acting, drawn out. It's a pass. Too much silliness.

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jimg2000
Jul 05, 2017

Papa took on human form in a wide variety of shapes, not just the traditional white bearded Roman in a flowing toga shown in most books and other media. In the film, Papa appeared in the form of a jolly black woman and a tired looking Native Canadian. The film hit on many Christian views on humanity, sins, forgiveness, judgement, love, family, grieving, afterlife and more. The writer did not shy away from the tough question on human sufferings as heinous death of innocent children: "I don't need to punish people. Sin is its own punishment. As difficult as it is for you to accept, I'm in the middle of everything you perceive to be a mess, workin' for your good. That's what I do.." To explore the same questions in depth, suggest to peruse the excellent global perspective on God in "The Story of God with Morgan Freeman 2016.) Last, don't miss the hit song at the end, when the credit rolls, "Keep Your Eyes on Me" by McGraw and Hill in "Videos."

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jimg2000
Jul 05, 2017

Only 5 quotes in IMDb ... here are more:

I don't need to punish people. Sin is its own punishment. As difficult as it is for you to accept, I'm in the middle of everything you perceive to be a mess, workin' for your good. That's what I do.
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Love is meant to exist within a relationship, Mack. That's all we wanna have with you. Even if you can't see it. You are in the center of our love and purpose.
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I'm the best way any human can relate to Papa and Sarayu. To see me is to see them.
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But if you're real... then you already know everything I'm gonna say before I even say it, right?
-Yes, but we choose to listen to everything you have to say as if it was for the first time.
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He said it Himself. "My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?"
-No, Mack. You misunderstand the mystery. Don't ever think that what my son chose to do didn't cost us both dearly. Love always leaves a mark. We were there together.

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jimg2000
Jul 05, 2017

You ever been wrong? Or changed your opinion over time?
-I mean, sure.
And there are billions like you... each determining what you think is good and evil. And when your good clashes with your neighbor's evil, arguments ensue. Wars break out. Because all insist on playing God. You weren't meant to do any of that. All on your own.
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Mackenzie, you're trying to make sense of your world based on a very incomplete picture. It's like looking through the knothole of your pain. The real underlying flaw in your life is that you don't think that I'm good. I am!
And if you knew me and how much I love you, then even when you don't understand, you could know that I am at work in your life for good. And then you would trust me.

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jimg2000
Jul 05, 2017

You spent your whole life judging nearly everyone and everything, their actions and motivations. As if you could even know them. You make snap judgments just by the color of someone's skin. Their clothes. Their body language. By all accounts, you're a well-practiced expert, Mackenzie.
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Is that man guilty?
-I would damn him to hell.
And what of his father, the man who twisted him into this deviant monster?
-I would damn him, too.
How can you stop there? Doesn't the legacy of brokenness go all the way back to Adam? And what about God? Isn't He at fault? He set all this in motion. Especially, if He knew the outcome.
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What about this boy?
-What about him?
Would you judge him?
-He's a kid.
But you already have.

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jimg2000
Jul 05, 2017

This was not God's doing.
-He didn't stop it.
He doesn't stop a lot of things that cause him pain. What happened to Missy was the work of evil. And no one in your world is immune from it. You want the promise of a pain-free life.
-Yeah.
Yeah. There isn't one. As long as there is another will in this universe, free not to follow God, evil can find a way in.
-There's gotta be a better way.
And there is. But the better way involves trust.
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Well, if it's so easy for you to judge God... you must choose one of your children to spend eternity in heaven. The other will go to hell.
-I can't do...
Can't do what? I'm only asking you to do something you believe God does.
So, who will go to hell?

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jimg2000
Jul 05, 2017

Mack, you are important. And so is everything you do. Every time you love, Mack, or forgive, with every act of kindness, the universe changes. For the better. Mmm. If anything matters, then everything matters.
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She'd love to see you today. But she lives in a place where there's no impatience, so she doesn't mind waiting.
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I'm not asking you to excuse what he did. I'm asking you to trust me to do
what's right and to know what's best. And then what? Forgiveness doesn't establish a relationship. It's just about letting go of his throat.
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I can work incredible good out of unspeakable tragedies. But that doesn't mean I orchestrate the tragedies.
-After everything I've felt in my heart towards you... Why would you keep working on me?
Because that's what love does.

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