Based on the phenomenally bestselling novel of the same name, The Shack tells a spiritual story of faith, perseverance against and acceptance towards life’s unspeakable cruelties. It’s all told through the perspective of Mack (Sam Worthington), a husband and grieving father, fighting to release months upon years of pain and inner torment through one-on-one interactions with Papa (Octavia Spencer), a.k.a God, Jesus (Avraham Aviv Alush) and Sarayu (Sumire), a.k.a. the Holy Spirit, in the titular shack which once housed unfathomable evil. It’s blatantly religious, but that doesn’t necessarily make it bad. In fact, if anything, The Shack’s conversational, philosophically-ambiguous approach makes it more universal and all-encompassing than other prayer-filled works of cinema of late. Notably, anything from Pure Flix.
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