Last night, I watched the latest Lifetime original film, UnGodly Acts.
Why Was I Watching It?
Because it was on Lifetime, of course!
What Was It About?
Outside of a farmhouse in Georgia, Melissa (Megan Park) has been discovered dead. At first, it looks like she committed suicide but then a bearded guy named Adam (Iain Belcher) announces that he killed her. It turns out that not only is Adam a schizophrenic who hears voices but he’s also the member of a fundamentalist religious cult. The head of the cult is the clean-cut Daniel (Brant Daugherty). Daniel has teeth that are so white that he can probably hypnotize people just by smiling at them. Another interesting fact about Daniel? He was married to Melissa, which didn’t prevent him from having sex with the other men in the cult.
Through flashbacks, we discover how Daniel first recruited his cult. We see how Melissa arranged for Daniel to perform an exorcism on Adam and “cure” him of the voices in his head. We watch as Daniel becomes more and more domineering and Melissa finds herself becoming disillusioned with him.
UnGodly Acts was a gorgeous film to look at. British Columbia stood in for Georgia and it looked absolutely beautiful! Cult life is definitely not for me but I was impressed with how neat and impeccably decorated the inside of that farmhouse was. I give the cult mad respect for its housekeeping skills.
Brant Daugherty was appropriately charismatic as Daniel, though the film was ultimately stolen by the wonderfully jumpy Iain Belcher. That said, my favorite character was Matt, who was played by Aidan Khan and who has a truly legendary mustache.
What Did Not Work?
The film was a bit overdirected. I’m as big a fan of dutch angles as anyone but, after a while, it got all too predictable and I was just like, “Oh, someone’s being interrogated. Time for the camera to start tilting again.”
It was a strange viewing experience, to be honest. It was a good film but it was never truly memorable. It was just missing something. Add to that, the film ended without definitely solving its main mystery and, needless to say, that was more than frustrating.
“Oh my God! Just like me!” Moments
For once, there were none. I was surprised. Maybe I would have related to the film more if I was a protestant. Who knows?
Just because you’re in a cult, doesn’t mean you can’t keep a clean house.