Saturday, October 1, 2011

Courageous: The Movie ~ my personal review

In theaters today Courageous: The Movie; it is the fourth movie done by Sherwood Pictures a ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga.  I had been looking forward to the release of this film and had the pleasure of seeing it, on its opening weekend, on a mommy-daughter date.  I have seen all four of the movies that have been produced by Sherwood Pictures, up to now my favorite has been Facing the Giants, however, this one has come close to taking top honors.  I just thought I would take time to share my thoughts with you.

From a critical point of view I was pleasantly surprise to see the development/improvement of cinemetagraphy, writing, character development and acting from their first movie, Flywheel, to this one.  In a previous blog regarding a movie from a different Christian production company I mentioned that the acting left something to be desired, and in my (humble) opinion I find this to be true in many "family friendly" (Christian) movies.  This was not the case in this movie.  Overall the acting was very good.  And most importantly the message was delivered in an entertaing way.

I laughed, cried, held my breath at times, and more than anything I was thoroughly touched by the message of this movie and pray that its reach goes beyond that of the previous three movies by Sherwood Pictures because I believe it is a message that can truly change our world.

Following is the synopsis of the movie as quoted from their website:
Honor Begins at Home

Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Hayes, David Thomson, and Shane Fuller are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly prepared to tackle: fatherhood.

While they consistently give their best on the job, good enough seems to be all they can muster as dads. But they're quickly discovering that their standard is missing the mark.

When tragedy hits home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Can a newfound urgency help these dads draw closer to God ... and to their children?

Filled with action-packed police drama, COURAGEOUS is the fourth film from Sherwood Pictures, the moviemaking ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia. Riveted moviegoers will once again find themselves laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children.

Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That's courageous.
I highly recommend this movie to all of those looking for family friendly movies (keep in mind it is PG-13, so if you have little ones, you want to get a sitter).   I especially recommend this movie to dads, dads-to-be, young men who may one day be dads, and any man who is in a position to influence the lives of our youth (I think with saying that I have covered most men I know ~ so get to a theater near you soon). 

The movie's website goes beyond just giving information on the synopsis, cast, etc. it provides resources for making an impact in your community, your church, but most of all your family; be sure to check it out wither before or after you have seen the movie.

I look forward to hearing what others think about this film, so feel free to let me know.

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