Spring, 2014 release. I really liked this movie. Good acting. Great plot. Eerily, believable at this moment in our history. It touches on “the Fairness Doctrine,” and “political correctness” which are actually “censorship” and the death of Freedom of Speech. James Remar and my friend, Brad Stine, and the rest of the cast do a great job. I got sucked into the movie and couldn’t stop watching. I have personally experienced similar persecution since I began my conservative, Christian activism – persecution from both sides. It reminds me of the Bible verse, Matthew 5:11, Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake,” and the poem, “If” by Rudyard Kipling, “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, if you can trust yourself when all men doubt you…”
ChristianCinema.com reports, “PERSECUTED, a political drama starring James Remar, Bruce Davison, Dean Stockwell, Fred Thompson, Brad Stine, Natalie Grant, and Gretchen Carlson, will release in spring 2014 from One Media, LLC. The film is a SAG-AFTRA production of an original political drama by writer, director and producer Daniel Lusko. With a star-studded cast, and a storyline seemingly ripped from today’s headlines, PERSECUTED will explore the topic of government scandal, corruption and religious persecution.”
“PERSECUTED is the story of a modern-day evangelist named John Luther, played by SAG Award-nominated and Saturn Award winning actor James Remar (X-Men: First Class, Dexter, Django: Unchained, What Lies Beneath, RED, Cotton Club). Luther is the last hold out for a national endorsement to make sweeping reform in freedom of speech. As the government is mandating political correctness while covertly waging a war against religious organizations, a U.S. Senator, portrayed by Oscar-nominated actor Bruce Davison (X-Men, Lost, Castle), and his political allies create a sinister plan of denial and scandal to frame John Luther for murder. Suddenly his once normal life is turned upside down as he becomes a fugitive vowing to expose those responsible. It is a mission that brings him face-to-face with the coming storm of persecution that will threaten the moral ethics and freedoms of America.”
“I hope people come out of the theater asking the question: what would you do if you faced persecution for your beliefs? We’re living in a generation that has been raised to believe there’s no such thing as truth, and a world that is tired of the games the church has been playing for its own agenda. I hope to wake up a world that takes freedom and truth for granted; I hope this movie shakes people up,” said writer, director and producer Daniel Lusko.”
The cast includes; “Dean Stockwell (Air Force One, The Manchurian Candidate, Star Trek), Fred Thompson (Law & Order, Die Hard 2, Hunt for Red October, No Way Out), Brad Stine (recognized as God’s Comic by The New Yorker magazine, social commentator on Fox & Friends, Marriage Retreat) Raoul Trujillo (Apocalypto, Cowboys and Aliens, The New World), Natalie Grant (five-time Dove Award-winning singer and songwriter) and Gretchen Carlson (Fox News).”
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