The Encounter (2010 film)
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The Encounter, is a Christian film released in 2010. It follows 5 strangers living in California: Nick, a former NFL player and owner of a chain of burger restaurants; Hank and Catherine, a married couple whose marriage is falling apart; Melissa, a Christian on the way to visit her boyfriend (who is a non-Christian) and Kayla, a hitchhiker escaping her horrible living conditions in Los Angeles. When a detour road is closed off, the 5 are stranded in a diner with its omnipresent owner, who is revealed to be Jesus Christ, and attempts to help each of the patrons face their troubles and help them seek repentance.
Jesus helps Hank and Catherine resolve their marriage issues, helps Melissa realize she needs to break up with her boyfriend as he is not a believer, and helps Kayla find it in her heart to forgive her abusive stepfather, despite everything he has done.
Each patron at the diner ends up being either born-again or is brought to a life changing decision by Jesus except for Nick, whose pride and selfishness causes him to refuse to give up all of his success to convert to Christianity. Officer Deville (the police officer who first informed the patrons of the road being closed off) returns and tells everyone that the road has been re-opened. Nick happily leaves with Deville, who gloats that he has taken one with Jesus saying he has saved four in rebuttal.
As the other patrons leave the diner, they learn from an officer on the road that Nick was involved in a car crash, which killed him instantly. He also reveals that he has never heard of Officer Deville (Kayla also realizes that Deville was actually the Devil in disguise based on the pronunciation of his surname).
The next day, Hank and Catherine find that the diner has mysteriously vanished, possibly because Jesus has managed to accomplish his mission of turning their lives around. In Thailand, Jesus shows up as a waiter, alluding to the sequel film, The Encounter: Paradise Lost.
The film was followed by a 2012 sequel, The Encounter: Paradise Lost. Marchiano reprised his role as Jesus in the sequel.
- Bruce Marchiano as Jesus
- Steve "Sting" Borden as Nick
- Jaci Velasquez as Melissa
- Jamie Nieto as Hank
- Danah Davis as Catherine
- Madison Gibney as Kayla
- Kass Connors as Officer Deville
- Marc Davies as Officer Tom
- Connor Greenbaum as Young Nick
- Elizabeth Ince as Sadie
- Alexandra Samia as Young Melissa
- Olivia Samia as Annie
- Tom Saab as himself
- William Waters as drunken father
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