The most dangerous weapon in the world is the weaponization and manipulation of Religion. In FX’s Under The Banner of Heaven, the true crime story focuses on the gruesome killings of Brenda Wright Lafferty (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and her baby daughter, which shocked a quiet Mormon town in the 1980s. The show, like the book, delves into the founding of the Church of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) by Joseph Smith in 1830, looking to make sense of the double murder.
Andrew Garfield stars as Detective Jeb Pyre—a devout Mormon who has resisted asking tough questions about his religion—specifically for the series. With help from his Native American, non-Mormon partner Bill Taba (Gil Birmingham), Jeb realizes that there is something sinister happening in his town—and it may just test his own faith.
Sam Worthington and Wyatt Russell who play the Lafferty brothers Ron and Dan deliver some amazing performances. You can see their slow descent into overzealous radicalism throughout the miniseries. Even the best assuming men who proclaim to be pure of heart can easily be led astray.
Under The Banner Of Heaven is in the same vein as other crime thrillers like Netflix’s Mindhunter and HBO’s True Detective. The miniseries depicts Mormonism in a fascinating and eye opening way. It might not be entirely accurate with their historical facts but it is gripping nonetheless.
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