Based on the historical biblical account in the book of Judges, chapters 13-16. Samson, a man gifted with supernatural strength which strikes fear into the hearts of his enemies. He leads his oppressed tribe against the mighty Philistine empire. However his impulsive decisions lead him to be seduced by women leading to his capture, blindness and imprisonment. But he calls upon God for one final victory.
For those of you who know the biblical account, you will know how action packed and thrilling the story is, and this big screen adaption really brings this across. Sure there is a bit of artistic licence but it does stay true to the story right through to his victorious death. Bringing the action front and centre along with strong direction and visually solid cinematography, the energetic story pops to life and has you gripped and on the edge of your seat.
The cast really add to the story and Taylor James is the perfect fit for Samson, not only for his rugged and muscular appearance but he really brings across the emotions, his thoughts, mind and his wandering eyes. Sometimes reading the account we might miss some of his character, but this portrayal opens our eyes to what he may have been like.
Some of the action packed highlights include Samson vanquishing 1,000 Philistines with a donkey’s jaw-bone, this scene and others really exhibit the strength that he received from God.
We see the human side of Samson, his struggles, his temptations, his failings, which we can all relate to, do we really stop and listen to God, to hear his calling and to do his will, or do we get distracted by the world. The good news is that God can use us, even though we may have failed or don’t feel useable, God is at work within us all.
This is a gripping, action packed portrayal of Samson and is not to be missed.