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5.0 out of 5 stars Fatherhood theme via a Christian Faith-based dramatic backdrop, September 30, 2011
This review is from: Courageous (DVD)
Expect in-your-face fatherhood morals bursting from an action/emotion story.
Expect the F-words: Faith, Fatherhood, Fears, Failings, Family, Forgiveness.
Expecting goodness, I entered the theater for the 1st opening day matinee. Found it great.
Sheriff Deputies know the necessity of partnership. They take it to heart by forming a small group of men, adding one ethnic carpenter outsider, and strive to make a difference in the lives of their families. They base their "Resolutions" vows upon the Bible. Unfortunately it takes some tragic circumstances to get the men to this point. Their courageous open faith position will not always be taken Dep. Adam Mitchell (Alex Kendrick-Dir, Writer, Editor, Actor) states, "some will mock, some will have no resolve, others will say `I WILL'. Men of courage with God's help." He notes they will (and do) face conflict, challenge, controversy, & need courage. Each man has his own family issues, each an individual path of struggle.

A debate is sure to develop. Which is best, "Courageous" or "Fireproof" (2008); the last 2 films by the Kendrick brothers. I vote, equal. Alex does it all in this 4th Faith-based film adventure, while Stephen writes and produces. They also did "Flywheel" 2003; and "Facing the Giants" 2006. Is this film a moral and faith statement from the writers? YES! Of course! That's what they and their church intend. Expect it, and perhaps be blessed.

This film begins immediately with ACTION, life-threatening, a crashing peak, and then an emotional end to the scene. Hold on to your hat, because you have almost 2 hours of emotion, action, and even some comedy ahead after that. Ken Bevel, as Hayes (Yes, from Fireproof) is new to this police squad. No big HOLLYWOOD stars in this low-budget film that relies on none of the typical theater gimmicks. This film, as in preceding Kendrick film successes, relies on spiritual subject matter, PG13 rating, and the targeting of the Christian Theater viewer, eager for BIGGER-FASTER-STRONGER, but also family and faith oriented. It's worked for the Kendricks' casts & crews in the past, it will work again. Expect "COURAGEOUS" in the theater for a few weeks, and then the DVD will be bought by those same viewers...and more.

Viewership will grow, word of mouth, father to father, mom to mom, pew to pew, family to family.
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Initial post: Nov 1, 2011 11:56:48 PM PDT
Lee Schall says:
This is an EXCELLENT review, and could not have been stated better! My husband and I saw this movie together with our 34-year-old, single daughter, (who is waiting on God for a man like these commited men are to their marriages), and we all THREE cried through it. We also all three agreed that it is the best movie we have EVER seen! It gives a CONCRETE outline for men to direct them to know how to "change", "commit", and grow GOD'S way. What a wonderfully, instructive movie for all men who would follow this plan. The impact of it, if followed, could change our entire world! YOU ROCK, Kendrick brothers! Keep up the good work!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2011 6:23:27 PM PDT
Harold Wolf says:
Thanks, Lee Schall, for your kind words about the review.
I agree, this film is powerful. I know it targets fathers, but it has excellent lessons for any parent, even single parents. Or even for a grandfather to step up to the plate.
An excellent Christian film, indeed.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 3:05:08 PM PST
Mommom says:
I agree this film reaches beyond men and fatherhood. As a widowed mom with two teenage sons, it made an impact on me, too! God bless the continuing efforts of the Kendricks!

Posted on Mar 5, 2012 6:34:33 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2012 9:48:10 AM PST
Harold Wolf says:
Exactly right on one fact, Mr/Ms RateMoreOptions, this is a Christian based film, created by Christian writers, producers, actors, etc. promoted as such, exactly like the other blockbuster Christian faith-based films of the Kendrick Bros and their church. All Christian theology, all the way. Nothing hidden, bold in-your-face theology. Expect the same with their next film. It's designed for that faith, or an attempt to convert those of a different persuasion. As in any strong faith media, book-movie-cd-etc, some viewers are blessed, some convicted, some indifferent, and a few offended.

There are actually people in the world that yet agree that those of a Jewish faith should be eliminated. I don't agree, even though I'm Christian. Some feel assassination and mass killing is agreeable if done in the name of their faith. Again I differ.
Kendricks proved in their film "Fireproof" that their Christian faith holds women/wife and marriage to a heavenly standard. But if you view that and are operating in a lifestyle opposite to the Christian belief of holy love with a single mate, (ok not Old Testament), then you may find conviction within that story. Your comment validates my second paragraph.

You share no personal faith in your comment. Personally, for those seeking, I recommend Christian as it has served me well for over 60 years, and will for eternity. But I agree that the Bible and God has given us all a choice, a wide-open choice.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2012 5:32:20 PM PST
As a Christian, I would ask what good is a movie whose goal is to change lives, but is so "bold in-your-face" that those who would need it most will be either never exposed to it or unmoved by it.
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