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Abel's Field (2013)

Kevin Sorbo , Richard Dillard  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kevin Sorbo, Richard Dillard
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2013
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,405 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Left motherless by tragedy and abandoned by his father, high school senior Seth McArdle (Samuel Davis) has been put under enormous pressure to support his little sisters. At school, he endures the daily bullying of the football team. When he fights back, he's singled out for punishment, assigned to an after-school work detail under the supervision of a reserved groundskeeper, Abel (Kevin Sorbo). Much to his surprise, Seth discovers that ABel may be the only one who truly understands his struggles. As dark times lure Seth towards desperate measures, the reluctant Abel may be the one person who can point him back towards the light.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different Christian film. February 23, 2013
When I asked my gang what they thought of this new film starring Kevin Sorbo and Samuel Davis, they unanimously said, "It was different from other Christian films." And they mean that's a good thing. Abel's Field was well written, well acted and entertaining to boot.

Among many good messages in this story, I was particularly touched by Seth's dedication to his younger sisters. My kids also pointed this out as one of the things that made Abel's Field stand out. So often, even in Christian media, brothers and sisters are portrayed as annoyances to each other. It was a nice change to see an example of what siblings should be to each other.

Allen liked that Abel, the Christian lead in the film, was not a perfect saint. He was portrayed in a very real way that all of us can relate to. Just like the average Christian, Abel was struggling to overcome his past and gain victory over the sin in his life while trying to live out God's will, share the Gospel and be a good example to those in his life.
Typically in Christian films we start with someone who is obviously lost and living a life full of sin... alcoholism, adultery, drug addiction, theft, anger... the list goes on and on. As things get worse the rebel comes to the Lord and he cleans up his act at last. In stark contrast, Seth is a good kid, working hard to do good things. His life, even in the absence of parents, is full of great character traits. But he is still lost and in need of a Savior. That is a message our world needs to hear. Even "good" people need to know the Lord.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These films are getting better... February 24, 2013
I purchased this DVD simply out of a sense of obligation. If the Body of Christ fails to support faith-based films, every time we go to the megaplex it will be nothing but Naked Girls Part 2 and Blowing Things Up Part 3.

Using my incredible powers of deductive reasoning which are never wrong, I examined the cover and classified this movie as a rehashing of one of those Yoda and Luke Skywalker films. The angry kid learns important life lessons from a wise groundskeeper or trash collector or whatever.

Boy, was I wrong.

This time, Luke's anger management issues pale in comparison to the baggage Yoda is carrying. The story is complimented almost perfectly by the location. The small Texas town setting gives the film a "Friday Night Lights" kind of feel.

I won't name names, but I have sat through some truly awful faith-based movies. But "Abel's Field" is one of the best I have seen.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A new movie staring Kevin Sorbo! January 28, 2013
I've seen Kevin Sorbo in at least two other movies, and enjoyed each of them a LOT. But, unfortunately, Abel's Field wasn't a movie I grew to like. I kept watching, waiting to grow attached to the characters or the story plot...but couldn't. The idea behind the story was a good one, but sadly it just wasn't done very well--with the story plot, screen writing, and even some of the actors.

Maybe I misunderstood, but I thought that Abel's Field was a Christian film. And while there a few times when Abel is seen in a field in what we assume is prayer, there isn't much praying until the very end when Seth finally prayers for God to fix everything And, above all that, I just couldn't grasp what kind of town/church/friends would let this young boy try to raise two little girls on his own. I mean, he was only 17! I would have thought the state would be all over this case. And it just didn't seem realistic that Seth could leave the two girls alone for such long lengths of time---he was working 3 jobs at one time!

As for mature themes, there wasn't much that I feel like I need to mention. The romance between Seth and Katie was sweet and cute. Katie's outfits were rather low and revealing in a few shots, but what surprised me the most was the plunging neckline the elderly lady at the convenience store wore. In my opinion, it wasn't at all attractive and something I would have rather not seen. So, be forewarned when those scenes come up---even though they were pretty humorous!

There were just too many aspects of this movie that I didn't understand or enjoy very much. My younger siblings like it, though, and it had good music. :-) As I said before, the idea of the story---a teen boy trying to care for and keep his sisters together no matter what---was really sweet.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Sunday, January 27, 2013
DVD Review Abel's Field

Left motherless by tragedy and abandoned by his father, high school senior Seth McArdle (Samuel Davis) faces enormous pressure as he strives to support his younger twin sisters. At school, he endures the daily bullying from members of the football team. At work, he struggles to earn enough money to make ends meet. At home, he has no one to turn to.
When Seth fights back, he's singled out for punishment and assigned to an after-school work detail under the supervision of the reserved groundskeeper, Abel (Soul Surfer's Kevin Sorbo). Seth is surprised to discover that Abel understands his struggles ... and his dreams. Abel encourages Seth to ask out popular Katie and even steps in to babysit so Seth can go out on the date. Yet as dark circumstances lure Seth toward a desperate decision, a reluctant Abel could be the one person who points him back toward the light.

Abel's Field
Kevin Sorbo, Samuel Davis
Sometimes the heroes are on the sidelines.

Rating: PG for thematic elements, brief violence, and a smoking image
How do you know the right way? (Seth)
It's usually the hardest. (Abel)

My Review:

"If I've learned one thing, it's you have to be honest when you're talking to God. Otherwise you're just going through the motions." --Abel ~ Abel's Field

Get the popcorn ready and settle in! This hometown can be changed by one person who decides not "to treat everyone alike." For not everyone is alike.
Put another senior boy in Seth's place. Fix supper, help two little sisters with homework, work two jobs to put that supper on the table, heat the house and keep the lights and water on.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Great values and life lessons taught in this movie, it was a family friendly clean movie about life's struggles. Must see
Published 1 month ago by Pam
5.0 out of 5 stars It was Alright
I was expecting to hear more Christian story. I thought it was a little slow. It was just alright for me. Maybe someone else will like it better. Still a wholesome movie though.
Published 1 month ago by Deborah L. Reinwalds
5.0 out of 5 stars Paradoxical irony
The movie was somewhat slow in starting but had a plot that readily became apparent . The names of the main characters were what brought about the contradiction. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Grant N. Townsend
3.0 out of 5 stars good movie
A teen struggles to supports his two sizters after finding out that his father has been dead for months so was his mother hazard back....
Published 2 months ago by Kevin McGowan
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
I rented this movie and loved it so I had to have it. It's such a heart warming movie. I would recommend it to anyone.
Published 2 months ago by Al1998
4.0 out of 5 stars Real life
Too many of our young people have to experience life like this young man. Thank God there are people who are willing and able to help young people. Great story line. Read more
Published 3 months ago by carolyn mutcherson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great message , very well done. This is a first class film, worth...
It is very well done with an important message. Excellent acting and directing. The movie grabs your attention and holds it throughout.
Published 4 months ago by trina Rajsich
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie!
Excellent movie!!! I wish it had Spanish language too. It teaches a lot about the importance of parenthood, how many kids have to take care of the their parent's responsibilities,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ximena Sundblad
5.0 out of 5 stars Abel's Field
Kevin Sorbo's movies are good family entertainment and I don't have to worry about the "f" word being used all the time. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sharon Henson
5.0 out of 5 stars Abel's field
Great movie and well done. Very interesting and worth the purchase. Thanks for offering at a good price. Wonderful film.
Published 6 months ago by Elizabeth Hennen
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