If, like me, you consider yourself a religious person, then chances are you debated at some point in your life over the subject of death. Whether the conversation was brought upon after the loss of a loved one or trying to figure out the meaning of it all, the topic is never easy to confront nor is it handled in the same manner but the challenge of overcoming such anguish is an uplifting achievement. The Shack, based on the book of the same name, tells the story of Mack (Sam Worthington) who, after tragically losing his youngest daughter, receives an unusual invitation in the mail which was supposedly sent to him by God. The letter reads to meet him at a place called the Shack, the very same spot where Mack lost his daughter. Mack is unsure whether the letter is truly from God but is even more perplexed as to why anyone would invite him to return to the shack of all places. Mack decides to accept the invite and travels to the shack, and although he remembers nothing but sorrow memories of the place upon arriving, he also experiences an encounter that will change his perspective on God. Like most films of the genre, The Shack gets unfavorably treated for preaching religious themes but I have to ask, how exactly is that a bad thing? Death is a universal theme that everybody of every color and religion can relate with. The Shack explores the subjects of grievance and forgiveness a bit differently than other films as it uses eye-popping imagery as an allegory to move the film's story forward and for character development. On the acting front, all the lead actors turn in some great performances, not quite award-winning but a notch better than a Lifetime movie. The film's story is quite grim but it serves a purpose for its' message which teaches us a tough but essential lesson in the acceptance of death and the importance of overcoming grief. I was touched by the film's story, and regardless of who you are, a person of faith or not, The Shack will in the least show you a different idea of how hope can survive in even the worst of tragedies.