Encounter 2, The: Paradise Lost
Recommended for ages 12 and over
Video Release: 9/18/2012
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Writer: Sean Paul Murphy
Producer: David A.R, White, Michael Scott, Russell Wolfe and
Director: Bobby Smyth
Runtime: 112 min.
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Starring: Bruce Marchiano, Gary Daniels, David A.R. White, Ammy Chanicha
Bruce Marchiano (The Encounter), David A.R. White (Jerusalem Countdown, In the Blink of an Eye), Robert Miano (Donnie Brasco) Riff Hutton ( JAG) and Gary Daniels (The Expendables) star in this explosive, challenging sequel to the faith-based sleeper hit The Encounter.
A retiring drug smuggler (MIANO), his drug-addicted wife and his ruthless bodyguard (DANIELS), find themselves trapped by a suspended DEA Special Agent (WHITE) at a Thai resort owned by a troubled former Wall Street investment banker (Hutton) and his wife, who mourn the loss of their only son in a devastating tsunami. It is an explosive mix of personalities. Violence looms, but a mysterious guest, claiming to be Jesus Christ (MARCHIANO), arrives to offer each of them one final chance at redemption in this inspiring, thought-provoking thriller.
Here is a tremendous story about a one-on-one time with Jesus! Bruce Marchiano is terrific as Jesus who comes to a couple's home to minister to them and others who are being held hostage by a drug lord named Bruno. The couple lost a son; a Christian named Timothy, who died at the age of 22 during the tsunami in 2004. His parents, Helen and Christopher, have reeled in their marriage and lives since then and have considered divorce. In fact, Chris was near committing suicide earlier in the day when he was interrupted by a divine plan.
A special DEA agent, Rick (David A.R. White), is after Bruno the drug lord and wants to kill him in the worst way. Jesus has to remind Rick that this motive is wrong. Bruno loves his wife and Jesus ministers to her as she is going through withdrawals from drugs. The film does contain some shooting scenes and a bit of blood as well as a scene which shows a woman's drug paraphernalia but the story is powerful with its redemptive message. We were concerned about a scene in which a woman who died from a drug overdose is said to have made it to heaven. Apparently she had a conversion when she was younger. We just want to make note of this so as to not encourage this kind of lifestyle with the thought that it doesn't matter in relation to one's salvation. However, the redemption theme is definitely present in this film and again, Bruce Marchiano is wonderful as Jesus. We gladly award this DVD our Dove Seal for ages twelve plus. This movie reminds us all that there is an all-seeing eye, and one who loves us always.
Sex: A woman briefly kisses her husband.
Language: H (as a place)-1;
Violence: A few fist fights; a few characters are shot and blood is seen on shirts; blood seen on a man's face following a fight; a man nearly drowns another man after a fight; a man puts a gun to his own temple to commit suicide but he does not follow through; guns held on people; a cop is hit on the back with a log.
Drugs: Smoking and in one scene a cigarette is seen in man's mouth; drug paraphernalia is seen and heroine is mentioned as is snorting cocaine; it's mentioned a young woman died of a drug overdose; man asks if he can get someone a drink.
Other: The death of a young man and grief; woman considers filing for divorce from her husband; a man becomes angry and wants to know why the Lord killed his son (he died in the tsunami); it's mentioned a young woman made it to heaven after dying of a drug overdose and this would be disagreed with by some Christians.