In the midst of a midlife crisis of faith, a man finds hope where he least expects it – his hometown. James Moore (Golden Globe nominee Corbin Bernsen) is a former pastor who returns home to discover a family new to the area has been killed in a mysterious fire, and his childhood friend is implicated in the murder. Convinced of his friend’s innocence, James sets out on a mission to find the truth… and in the process, rediscovers his own lost faith. An uplifting drama about faith, family, and the powerful ties that bind a community together.
A minister undergoing a crisis of faith stumbles into a mystery when he returns to his small hometown, Kipling. Corbin Bernsen (L.A. Law
) wrote and directed Rust
, in which he stars as James Moore, who has turned his back on his religious calling. When he returns to Kipling, he discovers that a childhood friend has been convicted of setting a fire that killed a family--but Moore can't believe his friend could have done it. As he digs into the events, he starts to rediscover a sense of purpose--but will he uncover the truth in time? Many Christian-themed movies suffer from a lack of production values, but Rust
, though clearly shot on a low budget, looks terrific; the cinematography makes the most of the wintry landscapes and Bernsen's craggy yet still-handsome face. The movie starts slowly, but as Moore's investigation kicks in, the story picks up momentum. The conclusion reaches for a somewhat awkward symbolic dimension, though the themes of doubt and renewed faith will appeal to a Christian audience. --Bret Fetzer