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MOVIES: Samson, the first superhero by Phil Boatwright

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) — “Samson,” a new film about an iconic Old Testament figure, reminds us that while man judges our deeds, God judges the heart.

The creators of “God’s Not Dead” (the leading faith film of 2014) are premiering the action-packed drama Samson in theaters nationwide Feb. 16. Starring Taylor James as Samson in a cast with Lindsay Wagner, Billy Zane, Rutger Hauer and Jackson Rathbone, the biblically themed tale contains a redemptive message that suggests our failures need not define our character.

“Most people know that Samson had long hair, Delilah cut it off, and that he lost his strength,” director Bruce Macdonald has said. “But there’s so much more. Samson was an unwilling hero, and his journey to regain his faith — the whole story — is relevant today.”

The story of Samson illustrates a champion chosen by God to deliver Israel from her tormentors, despite his failings. And the film reminds us that there is a time for peace, but also a time for war.

Using his God-given supernatural strength, Samson pits himself against the oppressive Philistine empire. Alas, the seduction of a beautiful temptress brings his downfall. Captured and blinded by his enemies, he is left to die, forgotten in a dungeon. But while Samson had made impulsive, often self-centered decisions, he ultimately realized that God was merciful and finally called out to Him, praying for one final victory.

“For anyone who ever wondered if they really could do what God called them to do, this film is for them,” said Pure Flix CEO Michael Scott.

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