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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
The Making of Rust
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I am very glad Corbin Bernsen gave us this movie. It was beneficial for me at this point in my life. The truth was crucial to one man's freedom. We will overcome to know the Truth, to live the Truth. Jesus said, "Ye shall know the Truth and the Truth will set you free..." John 8:32.
Jesus also said, "I am the Way, the Truth, the Life. No man cometh to the Father but through Me."
"...Ye shall be free, indeed!"
This fictional account (not a true story as another reviewer stated) is fully compatible with a Christian outlook. It is not irreverent, which is a welcomed change compared to so many other movies. The beginning and the end of the movie tie things together nicely, and there are some spiritual matters (faith-oriented) addressed as the movie moves along. However, this is not a movie in which the gospel is presented or promoted--there are hints of it, but no more. Nevertheless, the movie is a journey of a minister who had to step back from life and regroup, so understandably his personal faith is pivotal to the storyline. That said, the movie is more about the former minister finding himself than it is about him finding God. All this is accomplished when a local tragedy of the past becomes the vehicle for developing a mystery that you cannot help but try to solve yourself as the movie delicately draws you in.
I was absolutely captivated by Lloyd Warner who played the antihero. I do not see how anyone could have done a better job. Lloyd Warner presents a character with touching depth and complete believability. Lloyd Warner IS the Travis portrayed in the movie when it comes to appearance and mannerisms--he performed that role extremely well. I truly wish I could meet LLoyd, and in a way I was able to do this. Following (and preceding) the movie there is a Special Features segment, and here you can click on "Lloyd" to meet him as himself and not as "Travis". You will love this gentle and thoughtful man. If you watch the movie, please, please, continue on to the Special Features and listen to Lloyd. This is a man who in a less kind community could have been destroyed with cruelty. It is to his and everyone else's credit that he triumphed. He is the story behind the story, and for me this was precious. This movie was his acting debut. Incredible, just incredible. Without Lloyd I would rate the movie at 4 stars. Lloyd makes it a 5. My main criticism of the movie would be that Lloyd's character should have been developed further.
For those who do not care for a movie that has elements of Christianity, then this movie is not for you. If you require blazing guns and high speed chases to keep your attention, pass this one up. If you are a person of faith looking for the perfect movie to give to an unbelieving friend, this one is unlikely to make a dent in his or her unbelief. But if you are willing to be transported into a touching story where life is real and difficult and where you feel like you know these people, then give this one some serious consideration. Also, I was pleased to hear no vulgar profanity, and only once was there one word that I would have preferred not to have heard. As a reminder, this is not a story aimed at spiritual perfection. Accordingly, the reverent but spiritually defeated man who opens the movie touches on doubts and difficulties that we all have had. The conclusion of the movie is not a Hallelujah moment; it is more of a quiet, fulfilling, and accepting Amen. It is a satisfying and pleasing moment of completion.