Old Testament movies on the big screen don’t have a solid track record in the modern era.
The 2014 film Exodus: Gods and Kings got a lot of things right but also largely omitted, well, God.
That same year, the movie Noah took so many liberties that by the end of it you were left wondering: Was that supposed to be a Bible story?
Which brings us to the new film Samson (PG-13), which is out in theaters this weekend. Made by the faith-based studio Pure Flix, it stars Taylor James (Christmas Eve) as Samson, Caitlin Leahy (Black-ish) as Delilah, Golden Globe winner Rutger Hauer (Batman Begins) as Samson’s father Manoah, Billy Zane (Titanic) as King Balek, and Jackson Rathbone (The Twilight Saga) as Rallah (Balek’s son).
It tells the story of an Israelite gifted by God with supernatural strength whose own weakness to sin led to his downfall. But in the end, God still used him.
Here’s what parents should know:
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