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Judges 16: 26-29: 26 Samson said to the servant who held his hand, “Put me where I can feel the pillars that support the temple, so that I may lean against them.” 27 Now the temple was crowded with men and women; all the rulers of the Philistines were there, and on the roof were about three thousand men and women watching Samson perform. 28 Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” 29 Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other,…

The story of perhaps the most famous Judge of the Old Testament, Samson, has been tackled in an ambitious new film from Pure Flix. Pure Flix is one of the leading producers of family friendly and Biblically faithful media today. The story of Samson may not be the most obvious choice for a major Christian theatrical release. It is a complex tale of an unfaithful servant of God and God’s grace. For producer Brittny Yost it was the very complexity that drew her to this story and movie.

“Samson was disobedient his whole life, but he got it in the end,” says Yost. “Sometimes God has to strip you down to nothing to get you there.”

Yost says that the production came together through a lot of prayer and a lot of historical research. Theologians were involved in the production to make sure that the content maintained a faithfulness to the Bible. As well, many hours were spent in research to make sure that even the most mundane details like how beards were trimmed, what food was eaten and how it was prepared, and even how people rode their horses would be historically accurate.

“This has been my best film experience so far,” says Yost. “The passion of the crew, and the locations and sets were all phenomenal, and the professional actors were a lot of fun to work with.”

Samson is ably portrayed by relative newcomer, Taylor James, whose physique certainly evokes the power of the Old Testament judge. Among the impressive cast are well known actors Jackson Rathbone, Billy Zane, Rutger Hauer, and Lindsey Wagner. Yost believes that the excellent cast, great source material, and high production standards will allow the movie to appeal to a broader audience than a traditional Christian production.

“This is a story of a guy gains it all and loses it all. I believe we have been able to preserve the integrity of the story while making it a great movie with a lot of action and filled with great names. In the end, though, it’s a story of how God is faithful throughout it all. This is a story of how God forgives, redeems, and loves.”

Samson was released in theatres in February 2018 and has been showing locally at Cineplex Odeon Westmount.