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Four men, one calling: To serve and protect. As law enforcement officers, they are confident and focused, standing up to the worst the streets can offer. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge they’re ill prepared to tackle: fatherhood. When tragedy strikes home, these men are left wrestling with their hopes, their fears, their faith, and their fathering. Sherwood Pictures, creators of Fireproof, returns with this heartfelt, action-packed story. Protecting the streets is second nature to these law enforcement officers. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That takes courage. Starring: Alex Kendrick, Kevin Downes, Ken Bevel, Robert Amaya, Ben Davies Director: Alex Kendrick Producer: Stephen Kendrick
What is the true mark of a man? The male stars of the moving sleeper hit Courageous are all sheriff's deputies in a small Georgia town, putting their lives on the line every day. Yet as Courageous deftly shows, the true measure of a man's courage and heart lies in the daily choices he makes, especially as a husband and father. Courageous is a film that examines faith, commitment, and the preciousness of life. If that sounds simplistic, Courageous, made by the same filmmakers who made the Christian film Fireproof and others, is in fact mostly nuanced, sophisticated, and very well acted. Directed by Alex Kendrick, who also cowrote the screenplay with his brother Stephen, and who costars as well, Courageous blends believable action scenes and drama with just enough comedy to keep things from being ponderous. The opening sequence, in fact, is one of the best car-chase scenes in recent film memory--and the "reveal" at its conclusion will bring tears to viewers' eyes. In fact, Courageous is a weeper of a film, but only because its message is so true and deeply felt. Each of the four deputies--played by Alex Kendrick, Ken Bevel, Kevin Downes, and Ben Davies--wrestles with choices big and small, and finds his faith tested in the darkest of times. Courageous is an excellent faith-based film suitable for teens and older (there's a death in the film that may be disturbing to very young viewers, though it's handled off-screen). The Blu-ray disc contains lots of extras, including a thoughtful commentary with Alex and Stephen Kendrick, a making-of featurette that's as inspiring as the film, outtakes, and a hilarious short called "Courageous in 60 Seconds" that underscores that the filmmakers have an all-important sense of humor. Anyone seeking a quality faith-based film experience will be enormously moved by the heart of Courageous. --A.T. Hurley
OUTRAGEOUS: Outtakes and Bloopers
Courageous in 60 Seconds
The Making of Courageous
The Heart of Courageous
The Story Of My Father
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Admittedly this is not Dustin Hoffman, Robert DeNiro and Meryl Streep, but the actors and actresses do a solid job, the camera work is good, the story is compelling (to me at least), and the company seems to get better with each movie they do. I hope they keep it up.
Still it was watchable and had good theology. If you are a Christian man you should watch this.
The story is about five men, who are fathers in five distinctly different circumstances; four work as deputy sheriffs in Albany, Georgia and one is a carpenter/handyman. The ambience of the movie is very realistic and the viewer immediately feels thrust into the lives of these men as they deal with the challenges their lives present. The movie provides an opportunity to get to know the men and their families and develop a concern for them, their safety, and the personal problems with which they must deal.
While there are some really cleverly funny moments, there are also moments of deep emotion which brought tears to my eyes. This is a movie that can touch deeply into the heart of the family in a realistic way and explore areas of fear and hope shared by most families. Three of the five men are supported by a strong Christian faith and demonstrate the sufficiency of their faith when sorely tested by circumstances. The other two are on roads to discovery with different outcomes for each of them.
One of the strengths of this movie is the complete naturalness of each of the actors; it feels as if you're watching life in real time and somehow observing the lives of these individuals as they live them. This movie is a treasure for anyone who appreciates the value of the family and the faith centered life. It shows the rewards of faith and the penalties of bad decisions on both the individual and their families. This is one movie that every Christian family should have in their collection. I also recommend it for all who see the family as the foundation for a strong, cohesive society.