Samson and Delilah is the latest Bible Collection film I have watched, and after finally completing it over probably over a half-dozen sessions, I have finished up the two-part film.
In the three hour film you are told the story of Samson, an Israelite who has superhuman strength, who threatens the control of the powerful and evil Philistines that rule over the lands. Samson is told from an early age that he is God’s chosen instrument of freeing the Jewish people from their oppressor’s control, but instead of staying focused on God, Samson instead focuses on vain things, particularly toxic, physical relationships with Philistine women.
Eventually he is seduced and falls under the spell of a woman named Delilah, who manages to get Samson to tell what the secret behind his strength is. When he finally confesses that it’s his hair, she cuts it off and turns him over to the Philistines (in exchange for a large reward of silver pieces). He is foolish, and she used him … and because of that his eyes are blinded and he is thrown in jail. He eventually gets right with God though, and uses his strength one last time to push down temple pillars, which kill Philistine royalty and elite, as prophesied.
To me, this film had a good message and some good acting (Elizabeth Hurley and Dennis Hopper steal the show), but was simply too long and tiring to watch over two parts. Also, Samson comes across as a very unlikable, vain and selfish man … a very odd choice for someone so powerful, considering it took him until the very end to do what God wanted. It’s truly a cautionary tale of worldly things keeping humans from doing the things God wants and hopes for us.