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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
    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
    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. Jun 22, 2012
    I largely agree with the tomatometer's general consensus for this film. It could have been so much more with better editing, intimate and sweeping cinematography, an expanded and more detailed story exposition and well rounded and layered character development. More of an intricate and emotional score, wouldn't have to be a long score and definitely not a bombastic one mind you (a more subtle one could be more powerful on emotions), would have helped as well. Having said that, I still appreciated this movie's themes and some parts of the movie itself, namely the climax and Louie Leonardo's acting and especially his acting potential. Although the climax is not perfect (actually rushed in execution), it is still a quite a powerful one. Expand

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