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Them That Follow (2019)

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Set deep in the wilds of Appalachia, where believers handle death-dealing snakes to prove themselves before God, a pastor's daughter holds a secret that threatens to tear her community apart.

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Britt Poulton (as Brittany Poulton), Dan Madison Savage
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kaitlyn Dever ... Dilly
Walton Goggins ... Lemuel
Olivia Colman ... Hope
Thomas Mann ... Augie
Jim Gaffigan ... Zeke
Lewis Pullman ... Garret
Alice Englert ... Mara
Annie Tedesco ... Connie Ray
Bradley Gallo ... Man in Van
Dominic Cancelliere
Brooks Roseberry ... Jed
Katherine DeBoer ... Bridgette
Erik Andrews ... Harold
Royce Joseph ... Church Member
Catherine L. Albers Catherine L. Albers ... Old Woman (Deb)
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Deep in Appalachia, Pastor Lemuel Childs (Walton Goggins) presides over an isolated community of serpent handlers, an obscure sect of Pentecostals who willingly take up venomous snakes to prove themselves before God. As his devoted daughter, Mara (Alice Englert) prepares for her wedding day, under the watchful eye of Hope Slaughter (Olivia Colman), a dangerous secret is unearthed and she is forced to confront the deadly tradition of her father's church.

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We All Have Our Sins

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Rated R for some disturbing violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Them That Follow See more »

Filming Locations:

Youngstown, Ohio, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$13,137, 4 August 2019

Gross USA:

$159,218

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$172,952
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2.35 : 1
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Thin. Very Thin.
4 September 2019 | by truemythmediaSee all my reviews

This movie trades on its exploration of these snake charming backwoods recluses yet never really grapples with the issues one might think would be present in such a film. Remove the snake handling from this film and it's about as standard a story as you can find with familiar beats of action along the way.

Even this wouldn't bother me if there was character movement but there isn't much to speak of. Our protagonist Dilly (Kaitlyn Dever, "Booksmart") seems to feel the same way at the start of the film as she does until the last 5 minutes or so. Her father, (Walton Goggins, "The Hateful Eight") is extremely one note: domineering. What a waste of an actor. As a cult leader we get none of the likability that should go with his character. He is a monolithic controlling man and nothing else.

We see Dilly struggle because she wants to be with her beau but never do we see what it is that draws her to want to stay in her community except fear. Where is the trust, love, and friendship that she should be so fond of as to not want to leave? Only the sense that she knows nothing else but this and can't even think about leaving for the disruption it would cause.

As a person who has struggled with my faith at various times and has had many conversations with those that have as well and come to very different conclusions than me, I can tell you that leaving a tight knit community like that is rife with fear, certainly, but that fear is mixed up in a myriad of other emotions as well which paralyze you into innaction.

We never see this complicated view. Instead this film opts for simple, cut and dry answers which anyone can get behind. Of course we want her to leave. She's being abused. How much more interesting if her situation was more convoluted, full of love for some people, fear of others, and a fear to leave her own faith behind.

What about the side characters? Why do they stay? They are all under the same oppression as Dilly. They just don't have a boy from the outside who thinks they are cute, I guess?

These ideas and questions all seem to fall by the wayside in service to the almighty point of the film which must be made in the most obvious ways possible lest anyone, least of all Dilly, come away with any other thought than, 'That church was bad. That boyfriend was good."


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