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Movie Review: Luther

Movie: Luther
Director: Eric Till
Writers: Camille Thomasson, Bart Gavigan
Starring: Joseph Fiennes, Alfred Molina, Jonathan Firth, Claire Cox, Sir Peter Ustinov

Reviewed by Todd Burgett

Luther is that rare movie that truly inspires without being forced or manipulative, and excellently made without compromising truth. If more Christian movies would aspire to this two-fold level of excellence, then Christian cinema might not only impact Hollywood, but impact the world, as well.

Luther gives a survey of the highlights of German monk Martin Lutherís protest of the Catholic Church during the 1500ís which marked the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. We get a glimpse into Lutherís attack on the selling of indulgences, the corruption of the priesthood, the veneration of relics, the primacy of tradition over biblical doctrine, and the various characters he encountered as he impacted the world.

Director Eric Till (various TV productions) has done a remarkable job in covering the key points of Martin Lutherís extraordinary and world-altering life in the time span of a typical movie Ė a truly difficult task for anyone. Working off of a script by Camille Thomasson (The Valley of Light) and Bart Gavigan (The End of the Spear), Till keeps the pace at rapid speed and the audience at the edge of their seat. The cinematography is rich and vibrant displaying the grandeur of various European locales.

Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love) as the title character heads up an all-star cast and gives another Oscar-worthy performance (he was overlooked as a nominee in 2003). The other standouts include Sir Peter Ustinov (Academy Award-winner for best supporting actor in Spartacus and Topkapi) as Frederick the Great, and frequent bad guy Alfred Molina (The DaVinci Code, Spiderman 2) as the despicable Johann Tetzel.

All in all, Luther is that rare Christian movie that displays the best of both Christianity and movies. This is a must-see for all believers and a great testimony to those who are not.. Ė Todd Burgett, Christian Book