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Michael (Swayde McCoy) and Gabby (Jordan Ashley Grier) are genuinely in
love and have a relationship built on trust and mutual understanding, so
it only makes sense that they'd spend a weekend at his (absent)
grandparents' cabin in the woods for some romantic alone-time. And
everything goes truly great - until Michael claims he's not Michael but
God speaking through Michael's body, and that Gabby will die on Sunday and
go to hell if she doesn't accept him as God and worship him accordingly.
At first, Gabby thinks this is a very sick joke, even if Michael's
arguments that he is God are very convincing - but then Michael changes
back into Michael, and he doesn't only claim to have no recollection of
the "God"-episode, but also apologizes profusely and promises to
seek treatment should it ever happen again. Thing is, it does happen
again, and the more Gabby talks to Michael's God persona, the more she
thinks he's genuine, and starts to enjoy their conversations. This is
extremely worrying to Michael when he's himself again, as he fears not
only for his mental illness, but is afraid to drag Gabby down with him.
But despite his urgings, Gabby refuses to take him to a hospital to get
checked, instead wants to talk to God some more. Problem is, where there's
God, there's also the Devil ...
I will admit, with a running
time of over two hours, this film is a bit on the long side and could have
done with some moderate trimming - but that aside, The Great and
Terrible Day of the Lord is a quite fascinating film, one that finds
the right balance between philosophical discussions and suspense piece,
genres that at least on paper couldn't be further apart, only the blend
makes sense here. And even if the film is only two people in one (rather
luxurious) cabin and offers little in terms of physical spectacle, two
strong performances, fluid camerawork and an inventive directorial effort
keep the thing from ever losing steam, making this into one unusual but
enjoyable piece of thriller entertainment.