A Christian film critic who saw the Darren Aronofsky's new horror film "Mother!" said that he was "shocked" by the blatant attack on Christianity in the movie.
The movie, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer, tells the story of a young woman whose tranquil life was disrupted when a mysterious couple arrives at the secluded country home she shares with her husband.
Lawrence has claimed that the storyline is based on Aronofsky's illustration of the Bible, and noted that it is much darker than any of his previous work, which includes "Noah," "Black Swan" and "Requiem for a Dream."
Adam Holz, who works with Focus on the Family on its entertainment review department Plugged In Online, said that he feels the film presents a misrepresentation of Christianity.
"I've never seen a film that goes at some of the core issues of Christianity the way director Darren Aronofsky's film, 'Mother!' does," he told CBN News.
"I think the perspective we get on God is that He is being called impotent, narcissistic, that He adores His followers' adulation of Him above all," he added.
Holz said that the film includes a graphic scene that involves a baby, but he has declined to describe it in detail. He noted that the scene is some sort of "a reference to the Nativity and the Lord's Supper," adding that, "I can't think of very many religious symbols in other religions where if you did this to them it would be okay."
Other sensational scenes in the movie include Lawrence burning in flames and a human heart being flushed down the toilet.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lawrence revealed that the film was referred to as "Day Six" on the set. She said that the movie dwells on themes such as the creation and end of the universe, the creation of man and woman, religion and overpopulation.
The movie has since received mixed reviews from critics following its world premiere at the Venice film festival. It received an "F" grade from CinemaScore, which polls audience reaction to opening weekend movies.
Peter Bradshaw at Britain's Guardian newspaper gave it five stars, saying it was "ridiculous" as a horror movie, but "startling and hilarious" as a comedy.
Lawrence, however, said she was not surprised by the mixed reaction to the movie. In an interview with NBC's Savannah Guthrie on the "Today Show," she said she believes Aronofsky, her boyfriend and director of the movie, has created a "masterpiece."
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