Last Sin Eater, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: +2

Louise Fletcher, Henry Thomas, Liana Liberato, Soren Fulton, A.J. Buckley, Stewart Finley-McLennan, Peter Wingfield, Elizabeth Lackey, Thea Rose, Kim Myers. Written by Michael Landon, Jr., Brian Bird. Directed by Michael Landon, Jr.

FILM SYNOPSIS: During the late 18th and early 19th centuries Welsh immigrants coming to America brought with them an ancient Celtic ritual practiced for hundreds of years. The ritual was known as the Sin Eater and it took place at funerals. In this story, a young girl, guilty over the cause of her sister's death, is seeking the Sin Eater in order to ask for this burden to be removed. During her adventure, she discovers the one who can truly take sins away.

PREVIEW REVIEW: I wouldn't call this a great movie, but Michael Landon, Jr. (Loves Abiding Joy, The Redemption of Sarah Cain) proves he's got the same stuff as his old man. He's a sensitive storyteller, one bent on enlightening while entertaining. What's more, he's a Hollywood filmmaker with the guts not only to incorporate spiritual themes, but to go so far as to proclaim Jesus as the Christ, the one and only sin eater.

The story concept is fresh and little Liana Liberato, the film's lead, is engaging as she seeks forgiveness for her sins. The technical aspects are what you'd expect from the son of Landon, effective and expertly done. Mr. Landon grows as a filmmaker with each production. I can't wait for his next effort. Until then, The Last Sin Eater is original and touching.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Fox Faith

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: None

Violence: A boy is slapped by his abusive father and later threatened by him; a man is beaten and later dies from the attack. In flashback we learn of a massacre of innocent Indians.

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: The subject matter concerning deaths of loved ones and abusive behavior by one parent and indifference from another parent. It might be disturbing for little ones.

Running Time: Unknown
Intended Audience: Teens and Adults

Click HERE for a PRINTER-FRIENDLY version of this review.