Seamus is a 9-year-old boy who has been diagnosed with a serious illness. In search of a miracle, he sets off to find God before God comes for him. Inspired by Saint Columcille, Seamus sets off in a small boat without oars or sail. On his quest he encounters James and Darry. Despite initial conflict, the trio decides to stay together and enter upon a journey that results in the healing of hearts and minds.
“48 Angels” is a dark movie in both the physical and content aspects. The story takes place in Ireland where the weather is cold, gray, rainy and damp throughout the entire film. The subject matter is dark as well, as it deals with death and dying. The Irish accent is extremely thick and there is one utterance of the word “fek,” which is the Irish word of our version of “Oh shoot” but it could be interpreted to be another curse word if the viewer doesn’t listen carefully.
Although dark, the story is intriguing as you watch the three main characters handle their experience with death and dying in completely different ways. It starts very slowly, but the story does eventually pick up speed. There is one character, a young man, who curses another character and he uses the word “Hell,” but he repents later and attempts to help the very man he cursed. This film does contain a scene of a man gunned down, but it is brief and not bloody. The name of “Jesus” is mentioned several times in a reverent way or in the course of simple conversation – it is not used as a curse word. Spiritual matters and Christ’s role in people’s lives are examined. Due to the mature themes, we award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this film for ages twelve and above.