"This" movie might have initially been watched just for review purposes, even though I was VERY excited about the topic.
"This" movie might initially have been for entertainment purposes.
However, "this" movie instead was...
Deep. Raw. Gut-wrenching. Heart breaking.
It's of redemption. It's the power of Christ and the power of faith. It's the power of making the right decision in the worst of moments.
The opening words of the movie immediately caught me so much that I had to go back and listen again and again...
"If you want to change. Stop listening to the same voice playing over and over in your head." He goes on to say that he has learned to quiet the voices, but the images are what keeps coming back. Yet, it's good to have those images because they can remind us of where we don't want to go again.
I found such depth in those statements even before watching the movie and "seeing" the story unfold. Many of us can find ourselves in that statement. We want to make changes, but we keep listening to the same voices of doubt OR we want to make changes but the images of our pasts, disappointments, or countless other things keep us paralyzed in those moments.
Though this movie is rated PG-13, I still find it very powerful for upper Jr. High kids up. It's rated that way due to gang activity, drugs, and some violence (though the scenes are "faded" so that it isn't as overpowering.) I find the intensity similar to Courageous or To Save a Life....with it's real word themes.
The theme is redemption. The theme is how the encouragement of incredible foster parents can make a difference in the lives of vulnerable/broken youth. ("Kids in the system become your gang. Your gang becomes your family.".....and that is such a sad reality that shouldn't be!....that's a pretty convicting statement!). The theme is how a life can truly be changed when Christ takes over with deep roots. The theme is "The impossible comes possible" and " Stand firm in your faith and anything is possible."
It is a hard movie to watch due to the fact that it is intense and that unfortunately it is a harsh reality.
With that said, I do HIGHLY encourage you to watch it. It's AMAZING----seriously. A great movie for families with older children, those that are fostering or considering it, or anyone with a general interest in movies that encourage you to be bold in your faith.
About KING'S FAITH
Eighteen foster homes. Nine arrests. One life-changing moment.
After Brendan King’s life spiraled to rock bottom, the teen found hope in a new relationship with Christ while serving time in a juvenile penitentiary. Recently released from prison, Brendan finds solace in the foster home of a couple struggling with suppressed grief.
As the city-bred teen enrolls at a suburban high school, he finds support from a group of believers. Yet the bonds of his old way of life—and the gang that wants to know where he hid their stash on a long-ago night—are strong. In his darkest moment, Brendan found faith. Now he must decide if it’s worth the price to hold on to it.
KING’S FAITH is produced by DiBella and Faith Street Film Partners LLC, a Rochester, NY-based collective of filmmakers, churches, investors, and supporters.
KING’S FAITH stars Emmy Award winning actress Lynn Whitfield (The Women of Brewster Place, Madea’s Family Reunion), Crawford Wilson (Judging Amy, Zoey 101), Kayla Compton (Entourage), and James McDaniel (Malcolm X, NYPD Blue).
KING’S FAITH features the themes of courage, forgiveness and overcoming your past highlighted with the important message of youth in foster care. The film prompts audiences to consider many of the questions they struggle with today: How can I stand firm in my faith when life’s challenges put me to the test? Where do I turn when I feel paralyzed by loss and grief? Can I find true forgiveness from my wrong choices?
Release Date: October 22, 2013
Run Time: 108 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Suggested Retail Price: $14.99
Special Features: A 10-minute behind-the-scenes feature, commentary, discussion guide, Bible study clips affiliated with the LIVE IT OUT Bible Study
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