Taglines: You’re never as alone as you think.
Mackenzie (“Mack”) Phillips suffered horrific abuse as a child at the hands of his drunken father. As an adult he has a bountiful life with his wife, Nan, and their three children, Kate, Josh and their youngest daughter Missy. Mack’s life is shattered, however, when Missy disappears during a camping trip while he is saving Kate and Josh from a canoeing accident. The police determine Missy is the victim of a serial killer after finding her torn dress and blood in a vacant cabin.
The tragedy shatters Mack’s faith and life until he receives a mysterious telegram signed by “Papa” (which is Nan’s name for God) inviting him to come to the cabin. Reluctantly accepting, Mack travels there and is overcome with rage and suicidal thoughts, until he meets a mysterious trio of strangers who seek to help him understand, heal and forgive. In the book, Missy’s kidnapper is caught. In the movie, he is not. There also is a opening scene showing the father’s horrid abuse of the family when Mack is a boy, thus giving us an idea of how the story started.
The Shack is an American Christian drama film directed by Stuart Hazeldine and written by John Fusco, based on the 2007 novel of the same name by William P. Young, The film stars Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Graham Greene, Radha Mitchell, Alice Braga, and Tim McGraw. Filming began on June 8, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. The film was released in the United States on March 3, 2017 and has grossed $25 million worldwide.
The Shack (2017)
Directed by: Stuart Hazeldine
Starring: Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Radha Mitchell, Tim McGraw, Graham Greene, Ryan Robbins, Megan Charpentier, Emily Holmes
Screenplay by: John Fusco, Andrew Lanham
Production Design by: Joseph C. Nemec
Cinematography by: Declan Quinn
Film Editing by: William Steinkamp
Costume Design by: Stacy Caballero
Set Decoration by: Tracey A. Doyle, Mike Keel
Art Direction by: Gwendolyn Margetson
Music by: Aaron Zigman
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic material including some violence | See all certifications.
Distributed by: Summit Entertainment
Release Date: March 3, 2017