THE (director/writer: Emilio
Estevez; screenwriter: based on the book
"Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim's
Route" by Jack Hitt; cinematographer: Juanmi Azpiroz;
Dávalos; music: Tyler Bates; cast:
(Daniel), (Tom), (Sarah),
Yorick van Wageningen (Joost), James Nesbitt (Jack), Antonio Gil (Ishmael); Runtime:
115; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producers: David Alexanian/Emilio Estevez; Producers Distribution
Agency and Arc Entertainment; 2010)
"It's the kind of mushy pic you might be inspired to walk out on."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Emilio Estevez ("Bobby") directs, writes, coproduces and has a small part in this heavy-handed inspirational religious pic, that offers life lessons in Christian values over such hot button topics as estranged relations between father and son, being a lapsed Catholic, dealing with an abusive husband, abortion, gluttony, gypsies who steal backpacks and the ordinary challenges of dealing with everyday life. It tries to show us how a modern-day pilgrim might act, who is besieged by personal problems and is looking for a religious answer. It's based on the book "Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim's Route" by Jack Hitt.
The embittered Tom (rebellious
adventurous Emilio EstevezFrench
Pyrenees during a storm while on the first leg of a
pilgrimage walk of 800km
to the Camino de Santiago in Spain's Pyrenees (which
is also known as The Way of Saint James).
to St. Jean Pied de Port, France, to identify the body
and collect the remains of his son. After deciding to
cremate his son, Tom goes on the pilgrimage using his
son's backpack and carrying in a metal box his son's
ashes, which he intends to scatter along the way.
It was bad enough having to
deal with the arrogant goody-goody Tom, but on the pilgrimage he meets these
three other equally arrogant pilgrims who become his
traveling companions: the overweight loud-mouth
glutton known as Joost from Amsterdam (Yorick van Wageningen), who goes on the journey
to lose weight; the angry sharp-tongued feminist Sarah
from Canada (and the showoff
hack travel journal writer named Kack from Ireland (James Nesbitt), who has writer's block
while on assignment to write a pilgrimage story.
It was unbearable to watch
this insipid and trite pilgrimage, that went on
and on making simplistic Christian value points about
life until it became an insufferable watch. It's the
kind of mushy pic you might be inspired to walk out
REVIEWED ON 11/20/2011 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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