Tuesday, April 29, 2014

My Name is Paul (DVD Review)


Caught between The Way and The World, Paul, blinded by hate and intent on destruction, is determined to find and kill Peter, the enemy of his Leader.  However, a terrible accident and a miraculous discovery take him off course and on a road of self-discovery where he learns to live and love The Way.

I received a copy of "My Name is Paul" on DVD, at no cost to me, for review purposes.  Unless otherwise noted, all opinions in this review are my own.

Paul Cambio is a government agent charged with eliminating followers of The Way.  His mission is to find a map pointing to the valuable salt mines, then eliminate Peter, the leader of The Way.

Then Paul is involved in an auto accident in which he is blinded.  He hears a voice from the skies.  Left for dead by his partners, Paul receives help from followers of The Way.

Though "My Name is Paul" is set in the end times, if you know the biblical account of the Apostle Paul, you will see some parallels in this film.  You'll also hear some familiar names:  Peter, Stephen, Priscilla, Lydia (who, incidentally, wears a purple head covering), and Annan (the parallel to Ananias).

The parallel isn't perfect:  the filmmakers have taken some creative liberties, presumably for the purpose of entertainment.  My husband noted that a few elements of the film are either controversial or inconsistent with the biblical text.  While this is true, the movie is never presented as a documentary.

"My Name is Paul" has no special effects, no high-priced actors, and no exotic locations.  It's just a good story, well-executed.  The bits of comedy that are interspersed with the drama--watch for the character of Barney--were a good surprise.  I recommend the DVD with the caveat that it's not suitable for young children.  It contains no profanity; however, it depicts enough violence (not gory, but definitely present) to make it inappropriate for little ones.

For more information, visit the Word Films page for "My Name is Paul."


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