Mercy Rule, By Kirk and Chelsea Cameron
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1) It's not especially Christian. There's no mention of God at all...ever. Which is ok if you're just looking for entertainment, but it uses Fireproof as it's jump-off and leads you to believe it would be Christian-based.
2) The camera. Oh my, it's horrible. The camera angles are only distracting. Several angles look like the camera was placed on the ground, or on the counter-top. The close ups are out of whack so your perspective is totally thrown off.
3) Color tint. Just stop it.
4) Slow-mo. Without the slow-mos the movie would probably be 30 min. Completely unnecessary and distracting.
5) Weirdness. Kirk (the dad) jumps on the fence like a monkey. The boy talks beyond his years. The coach looks and acts like a drug addict in withdrawal - seriously, he's disturbing. Council woman says 'time to drop the mic' and Kirk does this weird gangsta-rap dropping of the mic and everyone cheers and you're sitting there stupidly clueless.
6) Story line. It's horribly weak. You're never invested in the family. You never care about them. You don't care about the little league and you don't care about the scrap yard. The story line could be completed in 45 min. But it's dragged on for 2 hours.
7) The one worthwhile moment is when Tim Hawkins was in front of the city council - that was funny.
I'm serious, it's awful. I got it for $5 and feel cheated.
Not all decent films - even Christ-honoring ones - need to be explicitly evangelistic. In fact, if your real goal is evangelism it is actually counterproductive for all films to be as evangelistic as something like Courageous, because only a small handful of people are ready to be "closed" in such a fashion. For many others, explicit evangelism will be a huge turnoff and a barrier to them finding Christ. You should not pick fruit before it is ripe. People are on various parts of the spectrum in terms of their relationship with God. Some are very far, while others are closer but not quite there yet. We need a RANGE of movies to deal with people. While some movies should be "closers", with scenes such as the evangelistic conversations found in Fireproof and Courageous, some films should simply aim to simply put a "stone in one's shoe"... not too evangelistic to make those far from Christ throw up walls, but enough to present a certain worldview that perhaps makes people think. And some films should be somewhere in the middle. Why, as Christians, should we limit ourselves to only one kind of film?
We need films on ALL parts of this spectrum to be truly effective as Christian communicators.Read more ›
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This is a very family friendly movie. i would definitely recommend it.Published 3 months ago by GRANDMOTHER
Far too often we are all very good at preaching the right thing...living it is a lot harder. At first we were curious why God wasn't really mentioned, and no prayer was seen by the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wow. I'm really glad I watched this for free on Netflix. It was 2 torturous hours. At the end, I don't even know what happened? Read morePublished 6 months ago by C. Collins
Another great movie with Kirk Cameron. I love all his movies.Published 8 months ago by Billy Lewis Sr.
I do not understand one word because this DVD has no closed caption or subtitle. :^(Published 10 months ago by Mantua
I bought 4 CDs of this movie for each of my grandchildren. They all loved it watching it as a whole family!Published 11 months ago by Lynne Kessel
Perfect for a family movie night! We appreciated all the examples of what it is to be a good dad, a good wife and mother, to stand together as a family. Read morePublished 13 months ago by SKS
WANTED TO HURT SOMEBODY
HAD TO WATCH IT IN FAST FORWARD JUST TO SURVIVE IT