Sunday, December 25, 2016

Movie review: The Messengers

When a strange object crashes to earth emitting an energy pulse, a group of unrelated people die only to resurrect a short time later and learn they must stop the four horsemen of the Apocalypse to ensure humanity survives.

Shantel VanSanten (Vera), Diogo Morgado (The Man), JD Pardo (Raul), Joel Courtney (Peter), Jon Fletcher (Joshua), Sofia Black-D'Elia (Erin), Anna Diop (Rose), Craig Frank (Alan), Madison Dellamea (Amy), Brittany O'Grady (Nadia), Jessika Van (Koa).

The Messengers begins nicely with some good mystery and intrigue as an object crashing to earth emits an unusual energy pulse. The energy pulse kills a small group of people who soon resurrect to find they have acquired supernatural powers. Soon after the group learn they are Messengers from God tasked with stopping the four horsemen of the Apocalypse and saving humanity.

Cancelled after one season, The Messengers is an interesting story that blends sci-fi, religion, action, and drama nicely. The plot moves at a good pace and the series holds interest pretty well. Sadly, the ending which was designed as a cliffhanger instead leaves us feeling cheated and empty.

In case you are confused, and from the reviews many are, this is a sci-fi and in no way religiously accurate.

Acting was enjoyable here with nicely done performances from everyone. Morgado was particularly enjoyable with good energy and expression. VanSanten and Van were other bright spots with nice delivery throughout. The remainder of the cast was solid and fit the series well.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good and consistent with a mainstream TV series. Action scenes and CGI were well done, adding depth and reality to the series. Dialogue was solid and moved the storyline along at a good pace. Sound and soundtrack were mild but fitting.

Overall The Messengers is another decent series that suffered the fate of cancellation. While the Season 1 ending is disappointing, had the series not been cancelled that might not be the case. Sci-Fi and apocalypse fans should enjoy this one. Those hoping for a religious series will be disappointed and apparently confused.

With some violence and potentially disturbing images, this should actually be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2015
Reviewed: 12.9.16
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy, TV Sci-Fi Mystery, TV Drama, Sci-Fi

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