The 'Voice' was wrong about A Clockwork Orange when it came out and it's mildly off-beam here. Slow and ponderous perhaps, but bags of atmosphere and a great lead performance.
The 'message' is not that all Christians are scum (pagans early on are seen acting in an equally barbaric fashion) but that humans are generally scum.
who act with kindness or self-sacrifice do out of humanity, not as a
result of which god(s) they follow. It is a historical fact that many
Christians fought in the 'holy war' for glory, land and wealth. In this
and numerous other wars, the noble cloak of religion was merely an
excuse. I think scum is a rather fitting word for those people, and the
movie does an okay job of highlighting this
I admit the pagan Christ thing is a bit eye-rollingly on-the-nose, but knowing the director it's probably intended to be a bit confrontational and also to get under peoples' skin, as it seems to have done here.Not fantastic, but an underrated movie, well worth a look for fans of the Refn and cinematic mood pieces.