The Atlantic

Them That Follow Is a Lazy Portrait of Religious Fanaticism

The Appalachia-set drama wastes an excellent cast on a superficial story about a snake-obsessed church.
Source: 1091 Films

Films about unusual religious sects, and acts of faith that most viewers would find extreme or off-putting, walk a tight line. It’s tough to compassionately portray, for example, a snake-handling church—where preachers and congregants hold live, poisonous rattlers during service to demonstrate their connection to God—without seeming like the camera is staring in horror. At least, that was my takeaway from , the debut feature from Britt Poulton

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from The Atlantic

The Atlantic5 min readPolitics
Iran Is Acting Like the International Villain of Trump’s Prophecy
Any number of relatively mundane scenarios now have the potential to escalate U.S.-Iran tensions—from a fire at a militia base to the seizure of an oil tanker to the signal-jamming of a drone.
The Atlantic3 min read
A Book That Examines the Writing Processes of Two Poetry Giants
William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge once spent a grueling year in nature, subsequently producing some of their most resonant works.
The Atlantic2 min readPolitics
The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: He’s Back
Robert Mueller is set to testify before Congress tomorrow—will the hearings convince Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings? Plus: Mark Esper is home free.