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Set in the Appalachian mountains in the 1830s, The Last Sin Eater revolves around the story of a young girl, Cadi Forbes (played by newcomer Liano Liberato), who must face the guilt of feeling responsible for the death of her younger sister. Cadi lives with her family in a community of Welsh settlers and seeks to find relief from her guilt by consulting the communitys sin eater.
The sin eater is a designated member of their community who has been banished to the mountains and can only come out when summoned after a persons death. At the funeral of the deceased, the sin eater must eat the deceased persons sins and bare their guilt. Cadi seeks out the sin eater to take away her guilt while she is still alive, yet she finds no relief once he completes the ritual.
Cadi finds hope when a young itinerant preacher, played by Henry Thomas, shares with her that Jesus is the only sin eater she will ever need. Unfortunately, the presence of the preacher disrupts the settlers and through a series of circumstances many more dark secrets of the settlers are revealed. The story comes to an end when Cadi, along with the help of Miz Elda (played by Louise Fletcher), force the settlers to face their dark secrets.
Despite the low-rent special effects and sub-par acting by some of the actors, The Last Sin Eater is an enjoyable movie thanks to a strong story, beautiful cinematography, and interesting characters. It was also refreshing to see a bold Gospel presentation that was neither forced nor awkward, but tantamount to the story. The Last Sin Eater is a truly redemptive movie that families will not only find entertaining, but also as a great springboard for discussing the Gospel (note: there are some scary moments and thematic elements that may not be suitable for the littlest members of the family). Todd Burgett
AuntieIowaAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5A Simple Message - InterestingDecember 13, 2014AuntieIowaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleWatched this movie with my niece. We had to really listen carefully as the accents were strong, but the movie was good none the less. It was a bit "spooky", or perhaps eerie at first we felt, but comes full circle with the simple message of Christ died for our sins and we are saved through him. The legend of the sin eater was interesting to learn. It's easy to forget and take for granted that we have the Bible and Word of God and that not every one knows the gospel. My opinion is this movie is best suited for 10 and over .
ShamooWoodstock ontario CanadaAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5no foul languageMarch 12, 2012ShamooWoodstock ontario CanadaAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This movie was indeed exciting. I could not figure out the plot. The gospel was mentioned but briefly. However great acting and suspenseful. I would highly recommend it.
Patsy YoderPort Angeles, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5We need the WHOLE word of GodApril 12, 2011Patsy YoderPort Angeles, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Only through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ can we be saved and our sins remitted. Communion alone without repentence brings damnation as it showed in this movie, and that 1 Corinthians 11:29&30 states.
adrianmathewsDOTcomOregon City, ORAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Much better than I thought it would beMarch 21, 2011adrianmathewsDOTcomOregon City, ORAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Such a great message in this movie for all ages. I highly recommend for the whole family. :)
VickiGAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Pleasantly surprisedDecember 7, 2010VickiGAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4I have to admit. I bought this movie because of the actor who plays the sin eater, Peter Wingfield, but I did not have high expectations for film.
I was VERY pleasantly surprised. It was a lot more enjoyable than expected. Enjoyable and thought provoking, so good in fact I bought the ebook and a paperback copy for one of the other youth group leaders. I'm thinking about bringing it to he next Youth Group movie night. It is good story or redemption - Cady's, the community's, and the Sin Eater's.