Directed by Stuart Hazeldine with music by Aaron Zigman, American Christian drama film The Shack started streaming today on Netflix. Based on the 2007 novel The Shack by William Paul Young,and adapted to screenplay by John Fusco, Andrew Lanham, and Destin Cretton, the movie stars Sam Worthington as Mackenzie Phillips, and Octavia Spencer as Papa, along with Graham Greene, Aviv Alush, Alice Braga, Sumire Matsubara, Radha Mitchell, and Tim McGraw.
The Shack follows Mackenzie, a Christian man who endured domestic abuse from his father as a child. As a grown up he is a loving father and husband, with a wife and three children of his own. Unfortunately, while the family are on a camping trip they suffers terrible loss, which changes Mackenzies perspective on life and challenges his faith. He receives a mysterious note one day which he believes may be connected to his loss, so seeking answers and looking for revenge, he sets out to find the sender. When he doesn’t find what he is looking for, he contemplates suicide before he is taken in by three strangers at a nearby house. The strangers eventually reveal who they really are, and help Mackenzie to come to terms with his loss and process his grief.
The Shack is a spiritual film and focuses on a man who lost his faith and his journey to get it back. Visually it is a beautiful movie, and although terrible things happen, and there is heartache and pain throughout the story, it is an uplifting one.