In the 1750s, a Spanish Jesuit priest, Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons, Dead Ringers, Lolita) enters the South American jungle to build a mission and convert a community of Guaraní Indians to Christianity.
A mercenary and slaver, Rodrigo Mendoza (two-time Academy Award ® winning actor Robert De Niro), makes his living kidnapping native Indians and selling them to the nearby plantations. After slaying his brother Felipe (Aidan Quinn) in a duel fought over his fiancée, Mendoza spirals into guilt and depression before Father Gabriel challenges Mendoza to undertake a suitable penance.
Mendoza joins the mission and together he and Father Gabriel work to help care for the Guaraní tribe. Unknown to them a new treaty is signed between Portugal and Spain that sounds the death knell of the Jesuit missions. Father Gabriel and Mendoza find themselves fighting those sent to suppress them – the one armed with the love of God, the other with the sword.
The Mission won the Palme d’Or and the Academy Award® for Best Cinematography and ranks as one of the greatest contemporary adventure films.
After a prolific career helming hard-hitting political themed dramas, British film director Roland Joffé made a huge splash with his 1984 feature film debut, “The Killing Fields” – an unflinching drama about Cambodia’s savage Khmer Rouge massacres. Nominated for a stunning seven Academy Awards – including one for Joffé as Best Director – “The Killing Fields” ended up winning three (for Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Supporting Actor). After a white-hot start, Joffé’s career cooled off significantly in the 1990s thanks to a string of box-office failures including “Super Mario Bros.” (1993) and his 1995 adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Scarlet Letter,” starring Demi Moore. With the exception of the French biopic “Vatel” (2000), Joffé’s career remained mostly dormant during the new millennium; that is, until the release of “Captivity” (2007), a psychological horrorfest – complete with controversial ratings drama before its summer release.
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very pure and calming, probably a 3 in alot of aspects but a 4 for it's overall scope and visuals. I just felt so calm watching it, when de niro is converted it was like a terrence mallick film terrence malick didn 't make. Lovely with great intentions but not everything it could be.
I liked it more after rewatching with Joffe's commentary, in which he gives insights to production and intent. Then I watched the "Omnibus" behind the scenes documentary and liked it a bit less after getting a less idyllic portrait of the film's production. Mixed feelings, as usual. Not really sold on Morricone's score. It worked in some scenes but overall it was a bit bland.