What price would you pay for freedom? In the exhilarating action epic FOR GREATER GLORY, an impassioned group of men and women make the decision to risk it all for family, faith and country. This film unfolds the (hidden) true story of 1920’s Cristeros War.
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated R for war violence and some disturbing images
An under the radar film about a subject I knew nothing about that absolutely floored me. It’s a high quality film with flat out superb performances that makes you contemplate and appreciate faith and freedom like few films have ever managed to convey. Yes, it is a faith based film. If that offends some, then this isn’t the movie or the subject for you. Unlike other faith based efforts, this effort is not cheesy or ham-fisted or even preachy.
It’s the tale of the Cristeros War (1926-1929); a war by the people of Mexico against the Mexican government who cracked down in brutal ways against the Catholic Church and against religious freedom in general. Andy Garcia is Oscar level good here as General Gorostieta, a man with limited faith who responds and masterfully leads the fight for freedom. It’s intense and, at times, surprisingly violent and impactful. This movie delivers real emotion and doesn’t dodge tough questions about faith. It delivers an exceptional balance of showing why people behave and choose to engage in certain behaviors even when such behavior is contrary to the core of their belief system.
One thing is certain; no one who has faith will take it or their religious freedom for granted after watching and EXPERIENCING this film. That’s how it registered with me at any rate.
Director: Dean Wright
Writer: Michael Love
Stars: Andy Garcia, Oscar Isaac, Catalina Sandino Moreno
Language: Spanish | English
Release Date: 1 June 2012 (USA)
Also Known As: For Greater Glory
Filming Locations: Tlaxcala, Mexico
Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Base Media
Codec ID : isom (isom/iso2/avc1/mp41)
File size : 2.77 GiB
Duration : 2 h 25 min
Overall bit rate : 2 730 kb/s