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  • Summary: Mincayani is born into the most violent society ever documented by anthropologists, the Waodani in the eastern rainforest of Ecuador. As he grows he learns what every Waodani understands, he must spear and live or be speared and die. Mincayani's world changes when he and his family kill five missionaries. This incident propels Mincayani's family group down an extraordinary path that culminates in them not only departing from violence, but also caring for the enemy tribe they had once violently raided. (Bearing Fruit Communications) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 18
  2. Negative: 6 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Joshua Katzman
    70
    While Hanon's film stints on character development, he convincingly portrays the events that foster redemption and forgiveness, as over time the Waodani shed their culture of violence.
  2. 70
    This is exceedingly earnest stuff, dolloped with Christian goodness and solid production values.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    50
    Although overly earnest and often stilted, the film should find great favor principally among religious auds.
  4. It might have been inspired by actual events, but End of the Spear is, literally and figuratively, simply too dull to make any impact.
  5. 40
    The naiveté with which the missionaries approach their initial meeting with the Waodani, whose propensity to violence was well-documented, appears at once incredibly stupid and divinely loving.
  6. In documentary footage played over the closing credits, the real warrior is introduced to American fast food and returns to his people too fat and sluggish to spear himself a snack, let alone a missionary.
  7. Atrociously scripted and edited.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 5 out of 22
  1. Kyle
    Jan 22, 2006
    10
    I loved this film, it truly depicts what it is like to totally immerse yourself in a foregin culture. It also acurately shows the zeal with witch these and many other missionaries have for their work (we need more people like the Saint family in this world it would truly make it a better place). Maybe Mr Fox of Tv Guide should visit the theaters again ( you have to be sleeping to miss the powerful message that this film has to offer). Expand
  2. HeidiM.
    Jan 22, 2006
    10
    This was a rare movie that I'm proud to have taken my kids to see. I can't stop thinking about it, and I will buy it on DVD. After reading the professional critics reviews, I have discovered that I must not have anything in common with them! Expand
  3. JacobK.
    Mar 2, 2007
    10
    I wached this movie without knowing what to expect... It appears that the majority of people and orginizations rated this movie with extreme bias. They gave no mention of the acting, sound track, and scenery in this movie (Even with a poor storyline it should rate at least a 6 by itself!!!!). The movie was incredibly gripping, character development was astonishing, and itis based on a true story. If anyone rated this movie less than a 7, it is because they are bias because of the Christain nature of the film. Both sides, anti-Christian and Christian, have this bias problem. Read the posts, its either too politically correct or too religious. Anyhow, from a true critic, The most gripping and moving movie I have seen!!! Its too bad it likely won't win any awards. Expand
  4. MaryC.
    Jan 22, 2006
    9
    I was very suprised how much this movie affected me. I knew going in that this was a low budget film based on a true story and that it may be disappointing when compared with typical Hollywood big budget fare. However, I did not feel cheated or disappointed in any way. The scenes depicting the voilent nature of the tribesmen are gripping and horrifying. And the expected fate of the missionaries is heart-wrenching. I did not find this to be a "Sunday School lesson", in fact I felt that the "proselytizing" was kept to a minimum. And I found that I kept putting off leaving the theater for fear I would miss something. Expand
  5. BenK.
    Jan 21, 2006
    8
    A powerful story full of emotion and drama. I would be lying if I said I wasn't moved. Yes the music was overwrought and the dialogue didn't always sparkle but the dramatic conflict never failed to engage. The movie works, in a Dylaneque fashion, not in linear progression but in its accummulation of passion and emotion until it reaches its redemptive ending. Though it's a bit violent for younger audiences, this film is sure to spark passionate conversations from all that see it. Expand
  6. WayneC.
    Jan 22, 2006
    5
    an inspiring true story that lacks power in this politically-correct movie version.
  7. JimJ.
    Jul 29, 2006
    0
    Simply Horrible. The entire movie completly ignores the side of a indigenous peaceful civilization, completely ignores the introduction of polio to indigenous societies through missionaries...etc. Another attempt which proves Christianity's intolerance towards people with a different point of view about being "civilized". Watch only if you want to regress as an open minded person, and love colonialism. Expand

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