Movie Review: The MissionQuick Plot Summary: In the 18th century, after a redemptive experience, a man becomes a Jesuit and tries to protect a remote South American Indian tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal.
Suggested Ages: 16+ (bare minimum), 18+ recommended
The Mission is a powerful, moving, Hollywood film that is well-produced and acted with some breathtaking visuals. Themes of repentance, redemption, grace, forgiveness, sacrifice, and real relationship with the Lord vs. dead religion, are very prevalent in this movie. But there's something else that's real prevalent and is important to mention: there's lots of non-sexual "indian nudity" - it's on the "national geographic" type level - the indians of all ages in the movie just are partially or fully naked and that's the way it is because that's the way they are (they actually used a real remote indian tribe as the indians in the movie!). Whether the nudity will bother you or be a concern to you is only a question you can answer, though again I stress that it is non-sexual and I think isn't likely to be a concern/issue for most. With that said, I definitely think 16 is the bare minimum cut-off of age-appropriateness of this movie (and perhaps even 18), not only because of the nudity, but because of the violence and intensity of the final scenes and the thought-provoking questions it raises.
Reviewed by Christopher Long,