YEA!!! I was given a MOVIE to review! A MOVIE! For ME! And I HAD to do it! It was such hard work!!! But I had to fit it in to the schedule....
So I made popcorn...
And invited Sally....
And we had a wonderful time watching The Grace Card. Since this is my first movie review, I was thinking, I don't want to give away any of the plot. You can watch the trailer on the website to get a feel for what it is about. You can read the synopsis here and I will also include it below if you would like to read it. It is a Christian film in a very real way and it is also about life. It shows real emotions, real life, real tears.
I have been DVRing a bunch of older Christian movies over the past month because I found a family channel that I didn't know was available. And overall, I find the movies to be lacking in many ways except the message. The acting in many Christian movies is poor as well as the filming and editing. It is a shame because films can bridge a gap between cultures and ages so well- but they have to be worth watching for the message to get out there. I think that people are putting more money into making these films and...
The Grace Card is definitely worth watching.
I sense a brand new generation of Christian films and this is one of them. There were five movie previews on the dvd and they all looked great as well. The Grace Card's story is one of..well..grace..and forgiveness. The acting and filming were quite good. There were some holes in the story and a few places where the panning out made you yell "commercial" but I also shed quite a few tears and smiled at the love that the characters had for each other. Only good acting can do that. There were some places in the movie where I felt I knew what was going to happen next and then other places where it totally threw me off my game and surprised me!
The movie is rated PG-13. There are several good online movie review websites that detail all the content areas of films but the best thing is to watch it yourself before showing to the kids. This is a clean film but there are scenes that are violent and the themes are quite heavy. You know your kid...and if it is right for family (teen) viewing.
Of course they have a facebook group which can be found here. You can buy the film on August 16 from one of these retailers.
Now for the give-away. You can enter by leaving a comment. I will pick a winner at random on Friday August 19, 2011. PLEASE leave a way for me to contact you. If you don't win, I believe this would be an excellent movie to purchase. There is so much 'junk' out there today and this is GOOD and clean. They have license opportunities if you want to purchase to show it to a larger audience outside your home. You can increase your chances of winning by multiple entries. Here is how:
1) Leave a comment- entry one.
2) Post on facebook - entry two
3) Re-blog it - entry three
Please leave a comment for each entry and what you did. That way I can pick a random winner by number.
Here is the synopsis. There isn't really a spoiler alert but it does give away a few surprises. Read if you wish.
Everything can change in an instant ... and take a lifetime to unravel.
When Mac McDonald loses his son in an accident, the ensuing 17 years of bitterness and pain erodes his love for his family and leaves him angry with God ... and just about everyone else.
Mac's rage stonewalls his career in the police department and makes for a combustible situation when he's partnered with Sam Wright, a rising star on the force who happens to be a part-time pastor and a loving family man.
Mac's home life is as frightening as anything he encounters on the streets of Memphis. Money is tight and emotions run high as he constantly argues with his wife and his surviving son Blake, who is hanging with the wrong crowd and in danger of flunking out of school.
Sam Wright also never expected to be a police officer. He has a calling—to be a minister like his Grandpa George. But leading a small, start-up church doesn't always put enough food on the table for a young family, so Sam doubles as a police officer. With his new promotion to Sergeant, Sam starts questioning if his real calling might actually be police work rather than the pastorate.
Can Mac and Sam somehow join forces to help one another when it's impossible for either of them to look past their differences—especially the most obvious one?
Every day, we have the opportunity to rebuild relationships and heal deep wounds by extending and receiving God's grace. Offer ... and never underestimate the power of God's love.
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