So I heard about this in an email advertisement and I was immediately curious. I wanted to experience The Encounter because as silly as this will sound… Steve “Sting” Borden is in this film! (Yes he is a Christian by the way before someone accuses me being guilty of mindless, idolistic, celebrity worship lol.) Lol yes I’m a wrestling fan, but no I didn’t just watch this because of his wrestling career; even though he does have really good mic skills. I also wanted to watch The Encounter, because the trailer was very promising and looked like this could be a really good film.
The Encounter begins on a dark stormy road with three cars trying to find their way to their destinations, along with a young girl who is hitch-hiking nearby. The first car is driven by an atheist named Nick, who’s a successful businessman and former NFL star; he nearly runs the girl off the road. The second car contains a troubled couple who is on the brink of divorce; they pass the hitch-hiker out of distrust. The third car is driven by a young, Christian woman named Melissa who is planning to visit her boyfriend up north; she picks up the young hitchhiker. All three cars meet together at a dead-end and are informed by Officer Deville the road is closed due to the rain. As the three cars drive back they discover an open diner, all of them enter, and are greeted by a kind owner wearing a “Jesus” name tag. What they encounter within that diner is far from anything ordinary, for the owner claims to be Jesus Christ himself and has a lot to talk about with the five travelers…
Wow. My heart was racing while watching this and that doesn’t usually happen for me. I also shed a few tears and even laughed at a few moments too. (like Bruce Marchiano poking fun at himself for playing Jesus in a previous film) Steve Borden was excellent and far exceeded my expectations; he and Bruce were a great combination together. This was theologically sound, it wasn’t cheesy at all, the camera work and picture quality was amazing, the story was extremely well thought out and very well written, the music in the credits is a really good song, and this was dramatically suspenseful in that I honestly didn’t know how this was all going to end. What is talked about in that diner is very realistic, inspirational, and thought-provoking. I’ve reviewed various films in the past and many of those were decent, but The Encounter blows most of them out of the water and is arguably the best Christian film I’ve ever seen. You need to watch this film!!! I highly recommend it and don’t regret my purchase at all.
TCP Movie Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.