|Filmmaker Timothy Mahoney (Thinking Man Films)|
MOVIE REVIEWIt is not unusual for those who are non-religious to believe in the credibility of the Bible. Unfortunately, larger groups of Christians and Jewish people are now accepting the notion that the Bible is not a history book or are at least questioning that maybe the holy book is really just a book of stories. Some of this rise of questioning has to do with the lack of scientific evidence that many of the large events in the Bible. According to the documentary, Patterns of Evidence: Exodus, these doubts began to rise in the 1950's and has grown from there. However, this movie challenges these long-held theories head on.
The award-winning documentary is a compilation of a filmmaker’s 12-year journey to challenge the notion that the Exodus accounts in the Bible are real and not a myth. Timothy Mahoney states that while some people can still find comfort in the Bible even if they don't believe that the Old Testament accounts are factual, he is one who needs some sort of proof . In the video, he meets with archaeologists, theologians and scientists and chats about some of the more recent findings and discoveries that place the events of the Exodus (if true) much earlier than commonly thought. These include interviews with Israel Finkelstein, Kent Weeks, David Rohl, Benjamin Netanyahyu and Shimon Peres. The film is narrated by Mahoney as well as actor Kevin Sorbo (TV’s Hercules).
The two disc DVD set comes with the 119 minute documentary and bonus features including cast bios and interviews, a short on the making of the music of the movie and features like, “From Film to Book.”
While overall this is a well-made film, the downside is that as much at Mahoney tries, the material given is still a bit dry for the causual viewer. The tagline of the film, “You Never Know Where a Crisis of Faith Will Lead You” sounds a lot more intriguing than is realized in the film. The first few minutes of the film shares Mahoney’s heartbreak when he learns that (up to this point) there is very little evidence to support the theory that the accounts of Exodus actually happened. There is a lot of passion written in that tagline and the fact that this man worked on this project for a dozen years is truly amazing. But the passion he feels about the subject just isn’t felt in the viewing of the film. The mild-mannered Mahoney is sadly, a bit dull and doesn’t have the charisma to keep your attention. These findings are exciting stuff, but they are not presented as such. Still, there is much to learn from this film and is an important accomplishment.