The Shack

The Shack

By Stuart Hazeldine

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2017-03-03
  • Advisory Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 2h 12min
  • Director: Stuart Hazeldine
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  • iTunes Price: USD 14.99
6.9/10
6.9
From 360 Ratings

The Shack Description

Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, The Shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips [Sam Worthington] spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa [Octavia Spencer]. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

In Restoring the Shack, join author Paul Young on an adventure into the world of the best-selling phenomenon, "The Shack". This inside look at how Paul's own life journey shaped his writing explores questions about faith, grief, wonder and relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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The Shack Movie Reviews

  • A quick review...

    mikevbk
    5
    The Shack is a movie that takes creativity to a whole new level in its presentation of extremely sensitive and difficult topics. One of its greatest themes is the power of forgiveness, which was portrayed beautifully. The most difficult element to grasp was the movie’s presentation of the mystery of the God-head, which is revealed with a surprising twist. Overall, the movie is high on the emotion scale, and is full of many great lessons.
  • Very pleased!!

    JamieandEllie
    5
    I loved the book, and found the movie equally delightful! I appreciate Mac's honesty as he evaluated his core beliefs about God. Great casting, and acting. All around a great movie.
  • Love, Love, Love

    Jay-Cee88
    5
    Excellent Christian movie full of joy and sadness and so much more. Everyone needs to watch this movie!! Very well made! Can’t believe the low percentage. Don’t believe it cause it’s a lie!!!!!
  • Decent Story

    trickdog1
    3
    But not entirely Biblical. Spoiler- I got emotional when he handed the remains to Jesus character in the film but you feel Jesus would not be burying someone unless to help you bear it spiritually. And you almost expect Jesus to bring her back to life like Lazarus. Also Angels would have been around to perform any work in even the Shack. Good message though about needing to forgive in order to live and inspire others, not just those you love.
  • WOW it’s just makes you think

    richard-cpd
    4
    Beautiful story. Lovely message. Actors could have been a little bit better but they are not bad.
  • Pulls out the spiritual truths that we all lack

    Mdesatx
    5
    This film hit home more than once that I was able to reflect many parts of the pain as a child to pains in my adulthood to the wisdom scene and and finally my relationship with God. Excellent in the trinity of God role as the Father, Son and Holy Ghost to serve our needs through forgiveness
  • Swig

    NickPick13
    5
    It was great
  • Insipid...predictable

    lionzuest
    1
    Well intentioned, but embarrassingly trite... I cringed as empirical questions were met with fortune cookie replies.. Sam Worthington's accent migrates distractingly from a southern drawl to the outback .... Fortunately I only paid 99cents...if you really want to watch this genre, 'What Dreams May Come' is a classic...
  • Trailer alone was traumatic

    Dakion
    1
    We went to the theater to see a PG movie with our kids and the trailer for this movie played before it. My six year old daughter was so traumatized by it, she is awoken by nightmares about it frequently and asks us “what we would do if she was taken from us” weekly.
  • Excellent Movie!!!

    LauraineWhite
    5
    I read this book when it was first published & the depiction in this movie is outstanding! Love, love, love it!!!
  • Love It

    Haminee
    5
    Others more-or-less say it's as story of what people already know the answers to the questions Mack is asking but in reality no one knows the answers. I found this film enlightening, relaxing and a new take on the fact that God is protrayed as a woman vs a man to combat the issues Mack had with his father. Seems like something God would actually do to calm a person who needs Him the most. Of course I'm a beliver in Christ so that likely makes a difference for my interpretation as well.
  • I found God again.

    The-Bluesman
    5
    this literally changed my life. Watch it and you wont regret it. Best movie Ive ever seen. It moved me in words I can not describe.
  • The critics don't get it, and that's ok.

    Brazad
    5
    This film is profoundly moving and hauntingly revealing. There are concepts about God in this movie a that will finally make sense to people who have tried for years to understand them. Whether you are a Christian or an atheist, this film will finally help you understand who you believe in, or who you don't. A life changing movie!
  • Fantastic!

    NLK1979
    5
    Best movie I've seen in a long time. It touched my heart and soul. It explains how God, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit works in our lives. Amazing! Please note I would say that this is a movie for a mature adult not kiddos just because of the weight of the plot line. Thank you for making this movie!
  • Good movie

    fmedina1979
    5
    This movie confronts me to seek the purpose of God for my life.
  • Touching and beautiful

    gehernando
    5
    I loved this movie so much that I rented it twice in one week!
  • Im with the critics -not good

    CJJesse11
    2
    First the good, the acting, the actors delivered the goods well enough but whoever adjusted the book for screen or maybe it was in the editing - somewhere there was an issue. It started out ok a la Lovely Bones (another great book but not so great film) but then it lost its way, I don't even know what it was trying to say & I actually ended up feeling more & more like Stephen Fry in his questionning of a God because the justification for this man's child being taken & killed made no sense, it felt like a scene from the Matrix when Neo meets that woman who gave him lots of words but I still don't know what she was banging on about either. We both sat & talked through the last 30-40 minutes as it lost us :(
  • Enlightening

    Bionicsurfer
    5
    Good beyond words.
  • Extremely Well Done! (Spoiler Alert)

    Leocochran
    5
    The movie did a great job staying true to the book. The acting was extreemly well done as was the CGI. The movie is not fast paced. It doesn't need to be. The story is strong enough and the liength of the film is just long enough to tie up lose ends without over doing it. (Spoiler Alert) Often times movies of faith lack depth and have simple answers to complex problems. The Shack does an excellent job of taking a complex situation and somehow making it relatable to so many people. The story not only deals with Mack's struggle to overcome the kidnapping and death of his child, but reveals his struggles with an alcoholic and abusive father, stess on is marriage and family after the death, guild and self doubt for not protecting her and the struggles of faith - Why would God allow this? Why should I love or trust God after this? -- All of these isssues (and more) wrap into a short movie. By dealing with so many complex issues, their are so many people that can relate to the movie. We have all had some of the struggles in some measure. Well Done! I highly recomend this movie.
  • Interesting and thought provoking movie

    TheHappyMusicFan
    5
    Despite the trailers making it out to be a typical "Christian film" The movie is different. It doesn't shy away from the realities of the world such as death and loss. Instead, that's the entire point of the story... The main character (Mackenzie) and his struggle to deal with the loss of his daughter, and the strained relationship between God and himself. The movie delves deeper into questions that many people have about God, such as ("Where was God when this horrific event happened?") or ("Does God allow these horrendous things to happen?") And it not only delves into questions such as these... but it also challenges the viewer and makes them think. This is shown beautifully in the scene where Mackenzie is confronted by Wisdom. I won't spoil it, you have to see it for yourself. Also a bit of trivia here... this is the first time that Jesus is played by an Israeli man. All in all, this film is not a typical Christian film. It's something that anyone can watch and get something good out of it. I highly reccomend it.

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