“Bravery: On Wings Like Eagles” – It Sucks!

Note: This is a rant.

Bravery: On Wings Like Eagles is an upcoming “Christian science fiction” movie.

I’ve only seen the trailer. But: Just from the trailer, I can tell “This movie is bad.”

Watch this trailer and ask yourself “Would I spend $15 to buy a ticket to watch this movie?”

I’m a Catholic.

I consider myself to be (mostly) politically conservative.

I don’t want to face persecution. (Who does?)

And I love science fiction.

My point is: I am the audience for this movie.

And yet I hate it.

I hate the TV-show-in-the-90s special effects. Actually. TV shows in the 90s had better-looking special effects than Bravery.

I hate the preachiness. The message is so obvious and in-my-face. Apparently these Christians don’t realize that Jesus, at the end of giving a parable, never said “This is what my parable means!”

I hate the black-and-white characters. No human being is pure good, and no human being is pure evil. In the words of Sirius Black: “We all have light and dark inside of us. What matters is the part we choose to act on…”

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Bravery: On Wings Like Eagles is a waste of time and resources.

It is an insult to the art of filmmaking.

It is an insult to peoples’ intelligence.

And it is an insult to the Christian faith.

I have no doubt that if Jesus saw that this was the best his followers could do, he’d do this:

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If you want to see a science fiction story that:

  1. Doesn’t talk to you like you’re an idiot.
  2. Has three-dimensional characters.
  3. Deals with subjects like religion and fighting against oppression.

Than watch the anime series Eureka Seven.

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When are Christians going to realize that goodness, truth, and beauty can come from non-Christians too?

“He has put eternity in the human heart.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

“…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)

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6 thoughts on ““Bravery: On Wings Like Eagles” – It Sucks!

  1. As the actor vonsevior I feel miss directed I was pulled from a church function to spend 3 days reshooting 1…..3 second scene not knowing exactly what it really was…… I am pissed

    1. I’m sorry to hear that.

      What makes me angry about “Bravery” is the way the movie is being written and the way it is marketed.

      Written:
      Judging from the preview I’ve seen, the movie is not subtle. Nobody who isn’t a Christian conservative will like this movie.

      Marketed:
      Calling Hollywood “evil” and “leftist” is no way to get people to take you seriously.

      To me, it’s clear that whoever wrote this movie, and whoever is paying for it, only care about speaking to people who are already just like them. Which goes against Jesus’ command to go out into the world — to dwell with un-believers — and spread his empathy and love. (Matthew 5:16)

      I’m a Christian. And I can honestly say that movies made by un-believers have done a better job of strengthening my faith in God than anything I’ve seen made by Christians, like “Bravery.”

  2. You call yourself a reviewer? Did even read about it first. The 3 minute trailor is raw, a lot of work, but still not what is going to be seen. If you know about making movies and funding them, you’d know you have to have a 3 min. filmed synopsis to have investors, donors, producers, and directors to look at it. It may not even be the same actors by shooting time. You can’t just judge something you haven’t even seen a total completion of anything. By the way…the makers are Believers. And there is such a genre of Christian Science Fiction. It’s a sub-genre. Ever heard of C.W. Lewis? Narnia? Yea, I’m sure you have.
    I think you need to wait for things to be completed or at least read before you start your judge.

    1. Thank you for commenting.

      “You call yourself a reviewer?”

      I never called myself anything.

      “Did you even read about it first?”

      Yes — I’ve read about “Bravery; On Wings Like Eagles.”

      “If you know about making movies and funding them, you’d know you have to have a 3 min. filmed synopsis to have investors, donors, producers, and directors to look at it.”

      Than why can people who aren’t investors, donors, producers, and directors — people like me — look at it, too?

      If you put a video on YouTube, that means anyone in the world can see it.

      If you only want investors, donors, producers, and directors to see this video, than only show it to investors, donors, producers, and directors — don’t give the whole world the chance to see something that isn’t ready to be seen by the whole world.

      “You can’t just judge something you haven’t even seen a total completion of anything.”

      I can’t judge what I can’t see.

      I can judge what I can see.

      I saw the video.

      I judged the video.

      “By the way…the makers are Believers. And there is such a genre of Christian Science Fiction. It’s a sub-genre. Ever heard of C.W. Lewis? Narnia? Yea, I’m sure you have.”

      I’ve read the first book in C.S. Lewis’ “Space Trilogy” — “Out of the Silent Planet” — and I’ve read every book in the “Narnia” series except “The Silver Chair” and “The Last Battle.”

      It doesn’t matter to me that the makers are Believers. If I don’t think their movie looks good, I’m going to tell them. I’m going to be honest about how I feel about what they’ve made. And, honestly, from what I’ve seen, I think what they’ve made sucks.

      Their hearts are in the right place, but I have seen TV shows from 20 years ago that looked better than this.

      “I think you need to wait for things to be completed or at least read before you start your judge.”

      I am judging what I am able to see now.

      When the movie is done, I’ll judge it again. Maybe my opinion about it will be different.

    2. I had the misfortune of helping for a couple of days and the producers and directors are not professional. They were disorganized and wasted volunteer’s time and money. And then refused to return my property that was loaned to avoid having to spend hours waiting for footage to upload.

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