Reviewed by: Douglas Downs
ghosts in the Bible
FEAR, Anxiety and Worry… What does the Bible say? Answer
AFRAID OF THE DARK—How can I help my child to trust in God’s care when she is afraid at night? Answer
HELL—What does the Bible teach? Answer
Is there an actual place called “Hell”? Answer
Why was Hell made? Answer
Is there anyone in Hell today? Answer
Will there literally be a burning fire in Hell? Answer
What should you be willing to do to stay out of Hell? Answer
How can a God of love send anybody to Hell? Answer
What if I don’t believe in Hell? Answer
THE GOOD NEWS—How to be saved from Hell. Answer
CATHOLICISM: What are some of the ways in which the Bible and the Roman Catholic church differ? Answer
THE OCCULT: What does the Bible say about it? Answer
REINCARNATION: What does the Bible say? Answer
Are you good enough to get to Heaven? Answer
How good is good enough? Answer
Will all mankind eventually be saved? Answer
|Featuring:||Nicole Kidman (Grace Stewart), Fionnula Flanagan (Mrs. Bertha Mills), Christopher Eccleston (Charles Stewart), more »|
|Producer:||Cruise/Wagner Productions, Sociedad General de Cine (SOGECINE) S.A., more »|
“Sooner or later they will find you.”
No, I personally don’t believe in ghosts. But I do like a good ghost story. I fondly remember many heard around the cubscout campfire. If you can separate the biblical truth concerning eternity and the fantasy of a good yarn, then “The Others” may be just for you.
There are many things that I liked about this film even before I saw it. The budget was a mere $17 million, proving that a low budget does not mean low quality. Another likeable element is that this episode of the ghost files does not contain any special effects. Can a film keep our attention without the assault of CGI technology? Goosebumps come in droves with only sounds, screams, and the haunting question of “what’s on the other side of that door.”
“The Others” is a low-key and well-photographed movie with lots of style, one which plays on your imagination and certainly toys with your fears. Writer/Director Alejandro Amenabar came up with a great story. Instead of contending with the things that get bumped off in the middle of the night (thanks to Dimension Films and others) the scares come from things that go bump in the night. Amenabar knows how to push all the right buttons and give us a thrill with a definite twist.
Nicole Kidman as Grace, the over-protective mother, may as well be given the Oscar® award right now. She is outstanding in this role. Living in an isolated mansion on the island of Jersey just off the British coast, her photosensitive children Anne (Alakina Mann) and Nicholas (James Bentley) are forced to darkness because a strong dose of sunlight could be lethal. Grace has set about to keep the house dark and very structured for their protection. She homeschools her children in the Catholic view of scripture and other academic lessons. Their care is overwhelming and her present servants have left without notice. This problem is remedied when three servants respond to Grace’s advertisement for domestic help. Our trio of helpers is supervised by Mrs. Mills (Fionnula Flanagan). Slowly we begin to witness clues that the house may be haunted.
The children have seen the evidence of apparitions several times, but they cannot convince their mother. She underscores lessons from scripture to counter Anne and Nicholas’s fears. She teaches them that what they see is impossible. We have the children’s questions about the afterlife answered from Grace’s devoutness. This film, set in 1945, provides many classic Catholic teachings on eternity and the supernatural. One of those views is that there are four levels of Hell. The place of punishment for the damned is first. This is where the Devil and his demons will go. Secondly, Limbo of the Infants (limbus parvulorum) is for children who are not baptized. Thirdly, Limbo of the Fathers (limbus patrum) is for those who died before Christ. Finally, Purgatory is for those who die in sin and still owe a debt.1 While this is certainly not the Protestant Christian’s view of Hell, the theme is true to the belief system of the film.
I would caution parents with children because of this strong undercurrent. It almost has a stronger plot point than the other supernatural elements. It is one thing to accept the fact that there are no ghosts and on the other hand cast a fog over Biblical Doctrine.
Our heroine is grieving the uncertainty of a husband that never returned from war. We have all of the elements to stir up suspense. Where is the true source of the apparent intruders in the house? Well, I’m not going to spoil it for you! You will have to be patient as you enjoy the ride. CGI addicts may find this film slow and boring. If that describes you, you may want to cruise through McDonalds and catch “The Mummy Returns” again.
“The Others” contains almost no language, violence, or sex. That is truly amazing for a PG-13 film! And be sure to take the PG-13 warning: this pic is far too creepy for children. The scenes are disturbing and very intense. My age suggestion would be for those 15 and up. I do recommend this movie to those that are discerning enough to separate fact from fiction. If you have any doubts about what you believe concerning life after death or eternity—avoid this film. But if those questions are settled based on what the Bible teaches, “The Others” can be very entertaining. It is much better than most horror/slasher films (generally not a tough standard to meet). It would be nice to see the Limbo pole raised.