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258 of 265 people found the following review helpful
After seeing "Facing the Giants," then going to the theater to see "Fireproof," and subsequently also buying that DVD; I had to also see the initial effort by the Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia.

The intent of this movie was to be a ministry outreach to their community, and the goal was to show it in a local theater for one night. It ended up being shown for weeks, being shown elsewhere, and then released on DVD. Its success led to the production of the two later projects.

If you are going to judge it alongside Hollywood productions- yes, the quality is not on the same level; yes, the writing is not on the same level; yes, the acting is not on the same level; and yes, the production values are not on the same level. But, it's still not bad- especially for a first-time effort by a group of amateurs. And believe me, I've seen plenty of larger-budget movies by Hollywood professionals that were much worse.

You have to realize, that although the intent of this movie is to entertain; the heart of it is to minister. At the time when Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ" was released and became a blockbuster, and more religious-themed movies began being to be produced, it was said that the movie theater was becoming the new church. Let's face it, the past efforts of Christian movies, produced by Christians, have left a lot to be desired. But with "Flywheel" the bar was raised.

As a Christian, knowing that this is a message movie, I watched it with "spiritual" eyes, so I was able to overlook its inadequacies. There is such an anointing on this movie, and it is very apparent that the Sherwood Baptist Church is yearning to bring glory to God, and to lift up Christ.

Even so, I don't believe it will turn-off non-Christians, because it isn't preachy. The Godly values that the movie portrays is really just a demonstration of ethical living and doing the right thing. The movie is a witnessing tool, because it shows that you can preach a better message with your life, and not just your lips. In other words, actions speak louder than words.

The goal for any Christian is to live a Godly life, and although many times we fall short, God's grace is sufficient. It's not about religion- it's about relationship. The movie shows what happen when we reach out to our Heavenly Father and are sensitive to what's in His heart. It's not about us. This movie shows what happen when we put aside what we want in order to do what God wants.

We sing for God to Bless America, but why would He, if we're not willing to bless God in word and deed. The Sherwood Baptist Church is doing that with "Flywheel" and continue to do so with "Facing the Giants" and "Fireproof." If you're a Christian and you haven't seen all of these movies- you need to. Not only for the simple fact that they will bless you- but also to support this ministry. If you're not a Christian- these movies offer a practical demonstration of how God wants to work in our lives and our hearts, and how He wants to interact with us in a very real way.
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171 of 175 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2007
For those who enjoyed "Facing the Giants," this is an earlier production made by the same Georgia church on a shoestring budget -- but still well done. This is the moving (and sometimes funny) story of a cheating, morally bankrupt car dealer who is behind on his bills. A spiritual experience leads him to re-evaluate his dealings in surprisingly different ways. Like "Giants," this film is better than you would expect considering the budget and is proof you don't need millions to entertain or move people. Film was run at Georgia area movie theater and shocked the church with the attendance, which prompted longer and wider play in the theater's chain. Obviously, success of "Giants" appears to be prompting a national release of this film by Sony, but that's a good move. I was looking for an older DVD, but I'll wait for the new release.
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124 of 126 people found the following review helpful
I found this on the shelf at Blockbuster and was surprised to find that it was an independently produced Christian film. This is a film about a less than ethical used car dealer who decides one day to start living his life with integrity and treating his customers fairly. The actors are amateurs but do a great job. There are some hilarious scenes in this film, some of them we find out on the commentary happened spontaneously and were unplanned by the film crew. The film looks good for a low budget though some scenes have the feel and look of a 1970s tv show. Don't let that keep you away. This is a great film for Christians and has a clearer message than the best selling book "Purpose Driven Life". I think a secular audience could enjoy this film as well as it dosen't "preach" at you per se, but tells the story of one man and his decisions. This is probably one of the best Christian films I have ever seen. A top notch effort by all involved. I look forward to their next film.
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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 20, 2007
Flywheel is one of the earlier movies from the folks who did Facing the Giants,Fireproof, and Courageous. Although it obviously has a little less of the "big picture polish" that the later movies have (something that Alex Kendrick admits at the start of the movie), the Christ-centered message is just as strong. Many of the same actors star in this movie as well - including the actress who plays the wife in "Giants" in a short background cameo at the end of the movie. Not being a salesman, I can only imagine the pressures that are placed on these people to wring every last cent out of a customer - a hard field for a Christian to shine in. I especially enjoyed the end of the movie - although I don't want to give it away. Great movie!
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Alex Kendrick had a vision. Well, maybe not in the mystical sense, so let's just say he had a story to tell. The story is about a used car dealer who fits the cliches about that line of work just perfectly. Then one day his conscience starts to nudge him toward a more honest life. He turns his business over to God, and says that since it belongs to Him, He's now responsible for how his new honest approach turns out.

Radical move. And of course it works out for him. It's a sweet story with some hilarious moments, and it becomes that rare low-budget movie that works in spite of its limitations. The "acting" in this film is strictly dinner theater stuff, not much professionalism to it, and the look of the production has nothing on any cheapo cable movie of the week. But the story and its execution are spot on target, and that easily makes up for its shortcomings. In fact, by the end of the film you'll be charmed by its shortcomings. Kind of a "Breaking Away" for 21st century Christianity.

Kendrick wrote, directed, and starred in the film, and also had a hand in the musical score. I believe he had some help from above as well. "Flywheel" has become a breakout hit in the hidden world of Christian cinema, and for good reason. Very nice.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
I have to admit that it was a little difficult watching this movie AFTER having seen "Facing the Giants" on the big screen (3 times in a row!), seeing as how "Facing the Giants" has such extremely high production values & top-notch acting & music & all ...

But, then again, the entire reason I sought the "Flywheel" DVD out (online & I didn't fail to note that it was already sold out in a ton of places ... ), was BECAUSE I loved "Facing the Giants" so much & I couldn't wait to see some of my favorite actors in action again (i.e. Alex Kendrick & the guy who played the vacillating coach [whose name escapes me at the moment] & some others that I had hoped to see again in "Flywheel") ...

I do have to say, though, that the MESSAGE of "Flywheel" is awesome & there are some delightful scenes & brilliant acting scattered throughout & I also must say that I probably enjoyed the "Special Features" disc even MORE than the movie itself, just because it was so interesting to me from a wannabe Christian filmmaker's standpoint ...

And, I might add, if you strip both "Flywheel" & "Facing the Giants" down to their most basic plotlines, then I think you will find essentially the same story told 2 different ways ...

Which is why I therefore recommend, if at all possible, seeing "Flywheel" BEFORE seeing "Facing the Giants," because then you won't be disappointed by the lower production values of "Flywheel" ...

Either way, I think BOTH movies (i.e. "Flywheel" & "Facing the Giants" [whenever it finally comes out on DVD]) are worth having in a family-oriented movie collection.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2007
This film should be seen by all - often. Like "Facing the Giants", it is a look at how we often attempt to plan and direct our own lives but, as is written in the book of Jeremiah:"O Lord, I know it is not within the power of man to map his life and plan his course-- so you correct me, Lord; but please be gentle. Don't do it in your anger, for I would die. Jer 10:23-24 (TLB). Enjoy...
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2007
As a real estate agent, I viewed this movie at the request of my husband who found it inspirational. As we all know, the real estate market is dropping more and more each day, but as I viewed the film, I realized that I am not going through this alone. As the main character turned to the bible for answers, I also did the same thing. And I believed. My phone began to ring and I started taking out buyers who were not concerned about the prices of homes. I started writing offers again. I love this film and I no longer go through my life's journey alone. This film will make you laugh, cry, think and believe. Do not pass this film over, like I almost did. Watch it and implement the messages it delivers and your world will become a more positive and tranquil place to live.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
A couple things jumped out at me as I watched this movie late one night. One was the Biblical admonition to step out in faith and the second was the Biblical verse that the Lord works all things for good to those who love him.

Unlike so many low budget religious theme movies, this movie is actually well made. And here in 2008 when so many people are dealing with losing homes, jobs, higher fuel and food prices, its a great movie to remind those who profess a faith in the Lord, to be reminded that he wont let us down. That he will make sure that our enemies are shown to be who they really are.

Like the Bible verse about no weapon formed against us can prosper. Its an honest, storyline about admitting we are wrong and asking the Lord to be #1 in our lives. Easier said than done, sometimes, when one fears that things will only get worse.

And I loved the strong family, ethical, moral theme. This was a man about to lose his business, had a pregnant wife at home, and a former worker who didnt like his change of heart decision to turn the business over to the Lord.

Then imagine how you would handle making right, bad choices, you had made earlier, which involved thousands of dollars.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2005
I happened to catch this movie when it was on tv one Saturday and I found that I couldn't turn it off. The message in this movie is so clear and even though it is very low budget, it is very powerful. This man's transformation to a decent man is so moving and believable. It is a feel good movie that even someone who doesn't consider themself "religious" will appreciate and love! You won't be disappointed!!!! :)
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