The Shack is a 2017 drama film starring Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Radha Mitchell, Tim McGraw and Graham Greene. It is directed by Stuart Hazeldine (known for Exam and Agincourt).
A synopsis for this film via IMDb reads: “After the abduction and presumed death of Mackenzie Allen Phillips’ youngest daughter, Missy, Mack receives a letter and suspects it is from God, asking him to return to The Shack where Missy may have been murdered. After contemplating it, he leaves his home to go to The Shack for the first time since Missy’s abduction and an encounter that will change his life forever”.
This film is a superb watch and gives you so much to think about. There are several instances of symbolism in this picture that depict the relationship we have with God and life after death, and this took my breath away. At the end of the film I was brought to tears.
This film has a lot of positive elements that make it so worth seeing : it is well written, well-acted (with Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer at their best) and the way it was shot is just marvellous. I appreciate films that make you think about them even after they have finished, and this is definitely the case with The Shack.
I found the movie to be uplifting and inspirational and very earthy in dealing with some dark topics. It took me on a journey of forgiveness and grieving and how to get to the other side using my brain in a way that I don’t think I processed before. This really is a very entertaining and fun way to show how to get there in a very compassionate way.It’s just a really good movie with a lot of really great messages.
This is a movie for everyone, regardless of spiritual background, journey, or lack thereof. It may also be especially therapeutic for those of us who are experiencing grief over loss, of a loved one, a dream, a job, a relationship. It may also help us understand the heart of God and His redemptive relationship to a broken world, a world He allowed to break, and a world He wants to redeem, one individual at a time.
I was impressed by Tim McGraw, who had a solid role and he proved to be not just a good singer, but also a great actor who helped the story to develop. This film tackles so many issues that we can all relate to (relationship with God, within a family, the loss of a loved one, etc) and I believe that this makes it so great.
I understand that this film has been adapted from a novel by William P. Young and now I’m curious to read the book to see if it’s exactly like the movie or whether there are some different elements and moments. If I were to rate this film I would give it a mark of 8.5 out of 10. It is definitely in my top 10 films that I have seen this year.
The Shack is out in cinemas everywhere! If you need some convincing before going to see this film, watch below its official trailer: