THE MISSION – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

As a youth, John Chau fell in love with the exploits of Robinson Crusoe, dreamed of living in the trees on the beach, and believed God had adventures planned for him. At just twenty-six, he was so focused on one adventure—evangelizing to the indigenous people on an isolated island east of India—that it took his life.

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THE MISSION – Review by Lois Alter Mark

As someone who immediately gets their back up when people try to force their religious beliefs on others, I was very interested in watching The Mission and learning more about the Mormons – whose main goal seems to be just that. I wanted to understand their values, why missionary work is so important to them, what it adds to their own lives. By the end of the film, though, I was no closer to answering any of those questions. Tania Anderson, in her first feature-length documentary, plays it too safe, keeping everything on a superficial level and never digging for real truths or insights.

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