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If it looks like a cult, talks like a cult - it's a cult!
Reviewed in the United States on July 4, 2020
One thing that is obvious reading the reviews here is that the LDS has encouraged their members to condemn the movie and protects its brand. The LDS church with its litany of dogma is to Christianity what Hasidim is to Judaism.
I have sympathy for the young man portrayed in the movie as it is like being sentenced to reform school for two years. His keeper is creepy, lurking behind the doorways to be sure he is spouting the party line. The restrictions on listening to the radio, viewing television, reading newspapers are frightening as is the lack of privacy. Why would any organization promote such draconian measures? Control! Isn't this what religion is all about?
I was raised in the UK and frequently saw what was considered "weird Americans" in their dark suits and white shirts visiting neighborhood houses only be greeted by a closed-door when they explained their mission. Brits, like most Europeans, don't discuss religion. In the UK, a politician is careful not to make any reference to religion in his speeches because he will face rejection. I, like virtually everybody I knew, was raised without religion. Nobody attended the local government-subsidized church. We lived peaceful, moral, Christ-free lives. Don't the British LDS handlers realize the futility of these pesty missionaries in this environment?
I have a good friend who was raised LDS in central Washington and has struggled his entire life to rid himself of the childhood indoctrination. He recognizes that the LDS church is primarily devoted to money, that it is patriarchal, like most religions, and considers females primarily as homemakers and baby-machines. Female LDS members who dare to protest their subordinate role, are shunned and outed.
It's just another cult burdened with excessive dogma.