"Irons and De Niro have never been better"
"Ennio Morricone's finest hour. And Roland Joffe's as
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.
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
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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