Writer: Patrick O’Bell (Screenplay)
Starring: Dave Vescio, Andy Gates, Tamzin Brown, Jonathan Erickson Eisley, Michael O’Hare Wallace, Alex Essoe
Plot: The Blessed Ones shadows a tightly knit cult hiding in a remote desert enclave as they prepare for the impending apocalypse. Two dissenters try to escape through the vast desert wasteland as the cult embarks on a mass suicide pact.
Tagline – Death is only the beginning
Runtime: 1 Hour 19 Minutes
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Cult Filled Confusion
Story: The Blessed Ones starts as we learn from Spencer (Gates) about the cult run by Elyon (Vescio) who has arranged a mass suicide, that Spencer and Ursa (Brown) refused to take part in, they escape being chased down by the enforcer Draco (Eisley) who doesn’t want to see Elyon lose his followers.
While Spencer is recounting his time within the cult, we get a mix of flashback to other members on the cult who had been part of the suicide pact and wait to see if Ursa is still alive.
Thoughts on The Blessed Ones
Characters – Spencer is the one telling his side of the story, he escaped but refused to leave without the person that helped him get free of the compound. Elyon is the leader of the cult, he teaches his followers that they will find divine intervention if they follow his ways, while arranging the mass suicide. Ursa tries to escape with Spencer, but once they are separated she finds herself re-captured and held prisoner in the cult waiting for Elyon to finishes her off.
Performances – The performances here are no the best either with the guys who offer nothing new or the waste of the talented actresses from great movies, with Tamzin Brown from Tabloid Vivant or Alex Essoe from Starry Eyes.
Story – The story is told in a way that is very difficult to keep up with, we jump around the timeline a lot, we follow characters shorter story which can go nowhere. The cult style movie has been done before and there is very little fresh you can bring to it by now which doesn’t help either. For m this is a disappointing step into the world, as you never believe the leader could have control over the followers and you end up with just a weak hard to follow film.
Settings – Most of the film is a mix of the desert or the compound, it leaves us wondering just which one has the biggest impact on the film.
Final Thoughts – This is a film that enters into the cult idea, but ends up coming off confusing from start to finish, it does try to have a brave finish, but by then you might have lost interesting in following this film.
Overall: Confusing is an understatement.