The Encounter

A new direct-to-DVD Jesus movie, starring Bruce Marchiano, who’s an old hand at playing Jesus by now. Also starring Jaci Velasquez and Steve Borden.

Stranded in the middle of nowhere, five strangers take refuge in a deserted roadside diner. An arrogant businessman, a lonely woman, an estranged couple, and a teen runaway, they appear to have nothing in common. But the Christlike proprietor seems strangely all-knowing and offers more than temporal nourishment.

“Christlike”? His name badge says “Jesus.” He drops quotes from the NIV. This is the least subtle messiah figure you’re likely to meet.

I had a hard time believing that the guy with the soul patch was Steve Borden, AKA the wrestler Sting. His old partner, Jim “The Ultimate Warrior” Hellwig, went off the deep end years ago. I hope Borden isn’t about to follow him.

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