Reviewed by: Samiatu Dosunmu
What is the Occult? Answer
What are DEMONS? Answer
Who is SATAN, the enemy of God and all people? Answer
Is Satan a real person that influences our world today? Is he affecting you? Answer
What does it mean to be a true HERO?
About ORPHANS and the Bible
Zachary Levi … Shazam / William “Billy” Batson
Michelle Borth … Mary Shazam
Djimon Hounsou … The Wizard Shazam
Mark Strong … Dr. Thaddeus Sivana
Jack Dylan Grazer … Freddy Freeman
Asher Angel … Billy Batson
Marta Milans … Rosa Vasquez
Meagan Good … Darla Dudley (Adult)
Grace Fulton … Mary Bromfield
Adam Brody … Frederick “Freddy” Freeman
Ross Butler … Eugene Choi
John Glover …
Caroline Palmer … Billy’s Mom
Faithe Herman … Darla Dudley
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|Director||David F. Sandberg—“Annabelle: Creation” (2017), “Lights Out” (2016)|
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|Distributor||Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company|
Sequel: “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” (2023)
In 1974 New York, young Thaddeus Sivana (Ethan Pugiotto) is magically transported to the Rock of Eternity, a magical temple hidden in another dimension, by the ancient wizard Shazam. Shazam explains that he has spent centuries searching for a new champion who is “pure of heart,” after his first one turned evil and unleashed the SEVEN DEADLY SINS upon the ancient world. The Sins, now trapped in statues within the Rock, and their powers, contained in an orb called the EYE OF SIN, tempt Thaddeus with promises of power.
Unable to resist the demon’s beaconing, Thaddeus nearly touches the orb. The ancient wizard, deeming him an unworthy champion, banishes Thaddeus back to Earth.
In the present, a Philadelphian foster kid named Billy Batson (Asher Angel) purposefully breaks the law in an attempt to gain access to a police database to locate the address of his biological mother (Caroline Palmer). Years earlier, he got lost in the crowd at a carnival; his mother never came to find him. Billy is placed in a group home run by Victor and Rosa Vazquez, who have five other foster kids: Mary Bromfield (Grace Fulton), Pedro Peña (Jovan Armand), Eugene Choi (Ian Chen), Darla Dudley (Faithe Herman), and Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer).
Billy does not warm up to his new family, as he is still intent on looking for his biological mother.
Elsewhere, a now adult and doctor Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong) pieces together the testimonies of other people who were abducted and rejected by the wizard Shazam and returns to the Rock of Eternity. Filled with vengeance, he absorbs the energy of the EYE OF SIN, allowing the seven deadly sins to possess and control his body.
When the now frail wizard Shazam tries to stop him, he overpowers and nearly kills him. Using his new powers, Dr. Sivana exacts revenge on his father (John Glover) and brother Sid (Wayne Ward) by unleashing the SEVEN DEADLY SINS during a board meeting and commands them to murder everyone, including his father and brother.
While running into a subway to escape bullies, Billy is abducted and summoned by the now dying wizard Shazam. Chosen by the dying wizard as the champion, Billy is transformed into an adult with super-strength, speed, stamina, durability and lightning powers. Before turning to dust, the wizard Shazam warns him that the only way to defeat the SEVEN DEADLY SINS is by unlocking his greatest power. By saying “Shazam!” Billy can change back and forth between teenager and adult superhero.
Billy sets out to discover his powers with the help of Freddy; he becomes reckless and nearly kills passengers on a bus. While bringing the bus to safety, he catches the attention of Dr. Sivana, whose appetite for power increases after seeing what Shazam can do. Through a series of violent confrontations, Billy/Shazam (Asher Angel / Zachary Levi) learn that the power and strength that lies in family may be the only way to defeat Dr. Sivana and the seven deadly sins.
The major spiritual issue is the repeated reference to and worship of the occult, involving the seven deadly sins. The origin of this ideology derives from Catholicism. According to Catholic theology, the seven deadly sins are seven vices (or negative character qualities) that, left unchecked, result in a host of other sins and, eventually, the death of a person’s soul. For those unfamiliar, the seven deadly sins are:
Pride—An inflated, unrealistic sense of your self-worth.
Envy—The feeling that you deserve the possessions, success, virtues, or talents of another person.
Gluttony—An excessive desire for the pleasure of eating and drinking.
Lust—A selfish focus on sex or a desire to have sexual pleasure with someone other than your spouse.
Anger—An excessive, improper desire to exact revenge.
Greed—A strong desire for possessions, especially for possessions belonging to another.
Sloth—Lack of effort in the face of a necessary task, causing it to go undone (or done badly).
The Sins have consumed Dr. Sivana, so that he has total disregard for human life and exhibits psychopathic behavior in his wrath. This is evident when he allows anger to fuel his contempt for his father and brother during their confrontation in the boardroom. Dr. Sivana throws his brother out the window of a tall building before unleashing the demonic forms of the sins to murder the remaining people in the room. In his confrontations with Shazam (Asher Angel / Zachary Levi) he unleashes the seven deadly sins on innocent bystanders as a form of exercising control. However, after Shazam uncovers his greatest power, he fights Sivana.
The Bible never refers to certain sins that are dishonoring to God as the deadly sins. Rather, it is stated in Proverbs 6:16-19,
“There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.”
This list can be used to categorize the many sins that exist. Romans 6:23 suggests that no sin is more deadly than another:
The movie quality is average. But I found the heavy presence and emphasis of the occult to be a major distraction in finding the positive in this film. The demonic form of the SEVEN DEADLY SINS is too disturbing and, as such, I do not recommend this film.
Aside from the heavy references to the occult, the movie lacks sufficient content.
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.