An attempt to expand from a ‘niche’ audience.

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Last Days in the Desert tells the story of an imagined chapter from Jesus’ forty days of fasting and praying in the desert. On his way out of the wilderness, Jesus struggles with the Devil over the fate of a family in crisis.

A lot of Christian films such as War Room that starred Christian speaker Priscilla Shirer, Captive that starred David Oyelowo and Kate Mara, or Miracles From Heaven that starred Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah have often missed their mark with mainstream audiences and directly focuses on it’s intended Christian audience. Often, it seems the films have a television movie quality about them. This doesn’t mean the films are bad, they just haven’t captured the non-Christian audiences.

In director Rodrigo Garcia’s outing with Last Days in the Desert, he makes that transition into the mainstream audiences through the art-house scene. It gives an interestingly creepy take on Jesus’ journey through the desert against temptation. Though the art-house route for Biblical stories is not uncommon, it focuses on a father and son story that makes an interest piece to talk about if it wasn’t already. The conversations Jesus has with one’s self is interestingly composed and not all talking into the desert with oneself.

And can I just say Emmanuel Lubezki is one of our most prominent and talented cinematographers today with Last Days in the Desert no exception to his previous brilliantly shot work. No matter the film, the story, the director, or the team, his work is immaculate. His camerawork takes us on a journey through desert with Jesus and captures his struggles along the way.

Film-O-Meter: 8/10.

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