The Christian Version of ‘Saw’ Is Just as Absurd as It Sounds”The Reconciler”

It will also make you wish you were in a Saw trap while you see it!

  • Films on Christianity, especially those on PureFlix, are frequently one-dimensional, out-of-date, and devoid in creativity and nuance.
  • In essence, The Reconciler is a Christian adaptation of Saw that brings people together to work out their disagreements without the use of lethal games and traps.
  • The absence of suspense, originality, and nuance in the movie makes for a lacklustre viewing experience that can make you long for a more interesting picture.

I used to attend the youth group at a little town church on a regular basis a very long time ago—nearly a decade ago, even. For those who don’t know, youth groups are where adults put kids who are too young for adult Bible study groups but too old for Sunday school. Churches that provide these programmes try their damnedest to make it all appear extremely cool and fashionable in order to keep youngsters coming back. Youth clubs frequently arrange events in roller skating rinks and laser tag arenas, have a tonne of entertaining activities (though I have to admit, I didn’t exactly have a wonderful time playing dodgeball with socks full of flour). Alternatively, if they had, one of the young pastors’ homes

However, movie nights are another frequent occurrence in youth groups, and this is where you can witness the truly amazing power of propaganda in action through Christian film. I still have very clear memories of my youth group (and church) hosting a movie night to watch 2014’s God’s Not Dead, a movie that broke containment from religious circles due to a mass texting campaign that actually enraged more people than it converted.

One-dimensional and out-of-touch are very decent ways to describe the majority of the films available on PureFlix, which is like Netflix for faith-based films. I’ve watched a significant portion of the films on the platform as a former youth group fanatic, ranging from ‘based on a real story’ films that are more than a bit exploitative to films that are plain unwatchable since there is zero art and not a hint of depth in them. The Reconciler from 2015 is one that stands out to me to this day since it attempts to rip off the far more notable (and enjoyable) Saw trilogy and contains a message that is as subtly disguised as 50 tarantulas in your bed wearing neon party hats.

What Is the Subject of ‘The Reconciler’?

Perhaps you’ve lately heard of this movie. The God Awful Movies podcast discussed it, prominent YouTubers like Kurtis Conner and Nick DiRamio reviewed it, and others poked fun of it on social media—all positive things, in my opinion. But what precisely is The Reconciler about, you may be thinking. The Reconciler tells the story of a shadowy kidnapper who kidnaps individuals and forces them to reconcile by trapping them together. Why? The unknown. The fact that these folks have adequate food and water for seven days is what we do know. If they are unable to get along (see what I did there? They’ll be imprisoned there forever if they can’t resolve their issues in that time (very smart!). or till they become hungry. Most likely, that comes first.

Two guys are seen laying on the floor of what looks to be a warehouse when the film opens. James (Jourdan Steel), the younger man, awakens first and starts making an attempt to escape by checking the doors and trying to figure out the code for the keypad lock beside the exit. Soon later, Ed (Scott Galbraith), the other man, starts to stir, so James gives him a couple pokes with a cane he discovered. When Ed finally awakens, he and James come to the realisation that they have no idea where they are or why they are in this situation. Together, they keep searching the warehouse for a route out. But nothing happens until James goes into his pocket and pulls out a key.

He opens a trunk in the space with it, and inside they discover a corpse covered in a sheet. Is this anything I’ve seen before? Two men imprisoned in a room with a deceased person? You should be experiencing déjà vu, so don’t be concerned if you’re not. because Saw, a 2004 film, is premiering.

Yes, you’re right. Whether on purpose or not, The Reconciler is essentially Saw for Christians. In addition, there are no lethal games or traps. It all revolves on a faceless antagonist—er, I mean, a faceless facilitator of therapeutic discussions who should definitely have his licence revoked—who knocks people out and locks them in rooms with no other option but to play his little game or perish. They are all there as a result of some sort of wrongdoing towards the other person. However, The Reconciler doesn’t truly deal with actual sins. We are discussing the topic of “my brother doesn’t worship Jesus the way I worship Jesus.” Not exactly what Saw had going on with the “killed a kid in a crash” stuff. The main problem with the movie is this, but we’ll get to that later.

In any case, that cloth doesn’t cover a body, even if it would have made for a far more compelling movie. It’s Alex (Jeremy Steel), James’ identical twin brother! Alex suffers a massive meltdown when James and Ed use some smelling salts that were also in the trunk to rouse him from sleep (don’t worry, they’re not the sort that are thought to have their origins in hell). But who cares about it when Ed claims to have some insight into their predicament? When they discover the message stating that they have adequate food for seven days, he tells them all about the Reconciler. They will be stuck if they can’t make up before then. Due of this, Ed is attempting to get the estranged brothers together for a conversation.

The Reconcilier Is ‘Saw’ for Christians

We cut between a few different stories as Ed, James, and Alex act out the most recent Days of Our Warehouse narrative. The first of them is Laurie (Sherry Morris), a journalist whose assignment is to write an article on how Christianity is declining in America (since, of course, she is). She visits several people in the neighbourhood, including a priest, a worker at a soup kitchen, and a young child who has seen paradise. These discussions typically follow the same pattern. They claim that a lack of faith is to blame for society’s decline and that God always finds a solution; however, this claim is made using the example of a stopped river, which is… dubious, but hey, it’s not my movie.

Police officers Stacy (Lindsay Lucas) and Bill (Frank Chiesurin) make up the second group. They are investigating a tip regarding identical brothers who vanished on the same day. They discover that they are trapped inside a car together with no way out; their radio is missing, they have no phones (which is strange given Ed, Alex, and James all had mobile phones in their makeshift kidnapping scenario that took place in a warehouse), and their pistols are empty of ammunition. They do discover a gadget with a tape informing them that their police partners must have complete faith in one another and that their teamwork has been lacking. They aren’t getting out of the car until they can gather themselves. They are apprehensive at first, but soon come to the realisation that they must be open or they would starve. In addition,

The next group consists of Jeff (Erin T. Allen) and JR (Levi Davis), a father and son team. They’ve been placed in a ravine while being shackled together. They have a nasty relationship with one another right away. Or, more accurately, Jeff feels quite resentful towards his kid, questioning whether his mother set him up for this little “ploy” to compel them to spend time together. Real dad of the year stuff, you know.

They’ve grown apart as a result of Jeff taking his duty as a soldier more seriously than his duty as a father. He does everything in his power to avoid being around JR, even ignoring the Reconciler’s letter and attempting to break the handcuffs so they won’t even have to hike together to get the keys. That’s crazy, isn’t it? The lowest stakes in the entire film, yet the guy won’t even go for a simple stroll with his son to accomplish his goals. They go on the trek since they are unable to remove the handcuffs. They converse. JR is saved by Jeff after falling off a cliff. It’s time for some quality bonding!

By the way, the stakes in all of this could not be much lower. These folks had no chance of passing away. Ever. Which would be acceptable if Saw wasn’t being copied and pasted. All of this would have been more tolerable to watch if there had been a tiny bit more suspense or even a tiny amount of low-level agony. Why just abduct them and not even follow through on the “or die trying” part? Surely not everyone was able to come to an understanding! There must be someone that you believed your audience would prefer not to live. Pulling a “God’s Not Dead” and eliminating the only atheist would have at least established this as a satire rather than a direct imitation of Saw and given the movie at least a modicum of credibility.

There is a “Big” Plot Turn in “The Reconciler”

Before I forget, Detective Tilton (Robert Shepard) is looking into the twins’ disappearance as well as the cops’. However, in all honesty, he doesn’t really matter. Who cares, anyhow, because you’re probably wondering how this will all turn out by this time. You could also be questioning why Ed is even here considering that he doesn’t know any of these folks. He is, after all, the outcast among the warehouse gang. He is only an arbitrary reporter who has much too much knowledge about the Reconciler. Guess what, though?

Jesus is Ed.

Yes, you heard correctly. Ed is our Jigsaw, er, our Reconciler, er, the Reconciler’s minion! He orchestrated the entire event to reunite the community and rekindle religious fervour. However, the boys had never actually been dragged away from their destiny. Alex despised James merely because he exhibited his beliefs in a different way, but since they made up, everything is OK, right? The officers discuss it, and the father and son get closer. And nobody perishes! Isn’t that wonderful?

‘The Reconciler’ Is Clearly a Rip-Off of ‘Saw’

The Reconciler

It would be fantastic if this film weren’t a complete ripoff of Saw, though. This movie’s premise is extremely similar to that of Saw: a group of individuals are imprisoned together for their transgressions and must either discover a means to escape or perish trying. You understand, without dying. or the pitfalls. Or even a hint of fear or suspense. No, this isn’t pornography depicting Christian torture; otherwise, the Dove Foundation wouldn’t have given it a “family-friendly” mark of approval. It is simply a similar plot with a religious twist; it lacks originality, mystery, or nuance.

The angst I felt as a 16-year-old while watching this movie, which the youth pastors said was more cooler and more scary than any thriller or horror film out there, is beyond description. They misled me. And after wasting nearly six hours of my life on this movie (yes, I watched it more than once because I’m a glutton for torture), I’m not in the least bit interested in making amends with any of them. The Reconciler, on the other hand, is for you if you want to watch something that, six minutes in, makes you wish you were in the reverse bear trap.

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