I finally had the chance to sit down and watch the Last Sin Eater this week. Yes, yes, I'm a little behind here, but honestly, I hesitated to watch this movie for a number of reasons. One, I doubted the quality. I know faith-based have come a long way, but sometimes the quality is just, well, lacking.
Two, I'm not of fan of period pieces. This story is set in the 1850's. So, needless to say, I put off watching this film, yet I found myself strangely drawn to it.
Let me first address the quality issue. Michael Landon and his team did a superb job. My only complaint would be the images of Cadi Forbes with the gorge running beneath her. A small complaint. The acting was superb, especially the actress playing Cadi, Liana Liberato. I have a feeling we'll be seeing more films featuring this young talent.
As for the historical aspects, also handled extremely well. Definitely a case of the setting supporting the story and not overrunning it.
Now the real deal cincher here is the story. I've read Francine River's book, Redeeming Love, and fell in love with the story and this amazingly talented author's ability to tell a tale. The Last Sin Eater is another hope-filled tear jerker that leaves you aching for more. If you get a chance to rent this movie, do so. The "behind the scenes" is worth watching as well. And best of all, this is a great movie to watch with anyone, no matter what their beliefs. The theme of forgiveness is universal, and this story tells it to perfection.