End of the Spear
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An indigenous people are turned from a life of violence to a more gentle and forgiving nature in this adventure drama based on a true story. Nate Saint (Chad Allen) is a pilot and Christian missionary who, with his family, lives and works in the jungles of South America near the Amazon. Nate is fascinated by tales he's heard of the Waodani, a violent and aggressive tribe living nearby, and with a group of fellow Christians takes it upon himself to teach them the importance of compassion and forgiveness. However, the leader of the Waodanis, Mincayani (Louie Leonardo), does not trust the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Director] Hanon seems more interested in exploiting his setting's lush green beauty than exploring the psyches of his bland Bible-thumpers."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"This is a movie -- albeit one with a great, gripping story -- shot through with meaningful glances, middling performances and melodramatic music cues. Pity."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Unmoving story of white missionaries trying to save the poor indigenous people of Ecuador. Paul Chambers, CNN."
‑ Paul Chambers, CNNRadio
"Only marginally uplifting and just passably enjoyable as a film. I know in my mind that these experiences were extraordinary for the people involved, but I never really feel it."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"An amazing true story of faith and martyrdom"
‑ Jackie K. Cooper, jackiekcooper.com
"Although the film invests time among the tribesmen, it never really explores the idea that one man's missionary work is another's ideological aggression. And the movie is tentative, dramatically speaking."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"What does hold back this terrifically detailed and often-entertaining effort are the limitations of the script and uneven acting."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A squeaky-clean family of missionaries lives out their fantasy of "saving" a violent tribe of Ecuadorian jungle natives in this virulently wrong-headed movie."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"...for those of us who are not part of the choir being preached to, the story is a dealbreaker."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"The movie could have been recorded on 8mm film with no audio and the intended audience would most likely be content."
‑ Rafe Telsch, CinemaBlend.com
"Too bad this sincere but inept movie doesn't do justice to any of the real people whose powerful story it tells."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"Filmmakers don't need stories with a religious agenda any more than they need ones with an irreligious one. They don't need stories with any agenda, frankly. They just need good stories."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Through the harrowing experience of two men as told in End of the Spear -- Steve Saint and Mincaye -- moviegoers can learn the power of forgiveness and reconciliation."
‑ Lisa Ann Cockrel, Christianity Today
"Jim Hanon's film is so awkward and anachronistic that it raises more questions than answers."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"devoid of suspense and resonance"
‑ Pete Croatto, Filmcritic.com
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