Religion is the world’s great debate. Its controversy has been responsible for some of the most remarkable events in the history of mankind. One thing remains true in the face of religion; it motivates humans beyond reality and reason. Salvation Boulevard leads into the world of the mega-church. These churches and its leaders have become mayors to communities across America today.  Salvation Boulevard takes this world to the extreme and beyond.

Pierce Bronsnan plays Dan Day, a larger than life pastor and Greg Kinnear plays Carl, an ex hippie, born again Christian under the thumb of his eccentric wife Gwen, played by Jennifer Connelly.  When a mysterious night of foul play happens between Carl and Dan you can only guess whom the finger is pointing to. Carl finds himself on the run from a holy community that will do anything to protect their pastor.

The stakes continue to rise to unbelievable heights as the true colors of the congregation come out.  The strength of the cast allows this story to go further and further into the land of disbelief. With the support of Marisa Tomei, Ed Harris, and Ciarán Hinds our three leads are able to play it straight and convince us that this is indeed happening.

Salvation Boulevard survived solely on the talent of its cast and the backdrop of religion. When a film pushes the boundaries of reality over and over again it tends to lose its credibility, even if it is a screwball comedy. Sooner or later, the story needs to prevail if any satisfaction is going to occur. Religion has provided us with some of the most colorful characters of all time and Salvation Boulevard takes advantage of this. When a seasoned actor is given faith as the inspiration, the sky is the limit. In Salvation Boulevard the cast was able to push that limit just to the point of legitimacy allowing comedy to prevail as well as the storyline. It is a feat that a lot of films fail at.

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