My husband and I watched this film together last night. As the credits rolled, I turned to him and said, “What do you think?” His response was “a cross between a Hallmark movie and an after-school special.”
I have to agree. The plot was formulaic and predictable. The happy ending (although it does involve a death) tied everything up neatly. People are reconciled, the underdog triumphs, conflicts are resolved, wrongs are made right. This seldom happens in real life. There is also some questionable theology for Lutherans, who do not believe a person can “decide” to follow Jesus. God chooses us, we do not choose Him.
That being said, the film was uplifting and will raise your spirits. Sometimes we all just need to be inspired and entertained. It’s a movie you won’t be embarrassed to watch with your children or your Sunday School class. No questionable language or nudity — hooray! It raises plenty of issues to discuss with young people — things like forgiveness, prayer and Bible study.
The basis for the film is this Bible verse:
1 John 5:5 New International Version (NIV)
“ Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.“
Overall Verdict? I give it three stars
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