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The Mission

"Irons and De Niro have never been better"

"Ennio Morricone's finest hour. And Roland Joffe's as well."

The Mission with Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons

Two men, one of the sword and one of the cloth, join together to brave missionaries of the Jesuit order and risk everything against the colonial forces of the two empires of Spain and Portugal to save the lives of an endangered Indian tribe in mid-18th Century South America.

Review

The Mission is director Roland Joffé's fuzzy effort at an epic in David Lean style without David Lean's sense of emotional proportion. In fact, Lean's most important screenwriting collaborator, Robert Bolt, wrote The Mission, which concerns a Jesuit missionary (Jeremy Irons) who establishes a church in the hostile jungles of Brazil and then finds his work threatened by greed and political forces among his superiors.
Robert De Niro is briefly effective as a callous soldier who kills his own brother and then turns to Irons's character to oversee his penance and conversion to the clergy. The narrative and dramatic forces at work in this movie should be more stirring and powerful than they are, the problem being that Joffé is too removed from them to allow us in. By way of compensation, Ennio Morricone contributes one of his most evocative and admired music scores.

Reviewer

No other word to describe it. There aren't enough ways to explain the power of this film. Just the opening sequence merits praise. Great acting, great story, great cast, great setting. Took them long enough to release it, but now it's here - BUY THIS DVD!

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