Time: 130 mins.
DOGMA is an intelligent, provocative and downright funny film. Did I forget to mention offensive? Well, it wasn't to me, but I know it's going to anger alot of people out there. Do people who hold their religion dear, have a right to be upset? I suppose, since the film has it's vulgar moments. It also made me laugh out loud. Smith claims this is a movie about rediscovering faith in God, whatever your concept of the almighty is, and he's right. Despite the cursing and the violence, DOGMA is an extremely uplifting film with alot to say about the world and life here on Earth. The fact that God is portrayed as a woman, probably doesn't sit well with many strict Catholics, but you can't please everybody. One may not agree with Smith's opinions, but it takes great courage to explore such a dangerous topic.
DOGMA is the story of two fallen angels, Bartleby and Loki (played by Affleck and Damon) who are desperate to return to heaven and the ramshackle crew who is destined to stop them. They pissed off God by refusing to do their jobs, so they were condemned to walk the Earth until the end of human existence. They are tired of watching mortal man wander around the world, so when an opportunity to return home presents itself, nothing will stop them. A loophole in Catholic dogma gives them the chance to free themselves of all sin so that if they immediately die, they will go directly to heaven. The problem, despite the fact that God doesn't want them back, is that if they do manage to pull their plan off, it will end all existence.
God will appear infallible and if it was proclaimed that they stay on Earth until the end of time and they don't, well...everything will have to go. Unfortunately for the human race, Bartleby and Loki are beyond caring about the consequences of their actions. Of course, somebody has to try to stop them and that's where the rest of the cast comes in. Bethany (Fiorentino) is visited by Metatron (Rickman), the voice of God, and given the task of stopping the angels from entering the church. She can't believe he is actually an angel and doesn't understand why God chose her. She hates God and doesn't believe he exists anymore. Metatron informs her that "She" definitely does exist and that Bethany is their only hope. Her faith and patience are greatly tested on the road to New Jersey.