While browsing through Netflix’s horror category a few nights ago, trying to select a movie to watch, I stumbled upon Apostle.
Well, that’s a lie. I first saw Apostle on Netflix a few months ago, and I’ve been meaning to give it a watch.
I did, however, finally watch it, so I feel like I can say I stumbled across it because that’s a small victory in itself.
Anyways, moving on.
A 2018 period horror film, Apostle was written and directed by Gareth Evans, says Wikipedia. I’m not familiar with any of the actors and actresses in the film, but it stars Dan Stevens, Lucy Boynton, Mark Lewis Jones, Bill Milner, Kristine Froseth, Paul Higgins and Michael Sheen.
Taking place in the 1900s, Apostle follows the story of Thomas and his venture to an isolated Welsh island to rescue his sister who was kidnapped and is being held ransom for a pretty messed up cult. It becomes apparent quite early on that the cult occupying the island is far more extreme than myself or Thomas realized, and some pretty weird shit starts happening.
This movie certainly is not intended for those of us with a weak stomach, nor is it one to be taken lightly. It blurs the line between religion and ethics and demonstrates the extent some of us are willing to go to both preserve tradition and protect family.
I wouldn’t go so far as to say this movie was a disappointment, but I will say that it’s ominosity somewhat clouds the overall plot. I felt like the horror feel was so pronounced at points that key character and plot details were overlooked, leaving me a little lost and slightly confused.
I think this movie is worth the watch, but I don’t recommend doing so if you’re squeamish. You may regret it.